Saturday, May 01, 2021

Pupils of Craggagh National School in Kiltimagh and their teacher Danny Charlton took part in the Mini-Marathon’s Kids Run for Fun initiative on Friday.

Mayo people at home and abroad have today been taking part in the 2021 Western People Virtual West of Ireland Women’s Mini-Marathon, taking advantage of the May sunshine to run, jog or walk 10k in their localities to raise vital funds for local charities and celebrate Mayo Day. Over 3,000 participants have signed up to take part in the Mini-Marathon, which is celebrating its twelfth anniversary this year.

This year’s Mini-Marathon is taking place virtually due to Covid restrictions but that has enabled participants from around Mayo, Ireland the entire world to take part. Already participants from locations including the US, Canada, the UK and around Ireland have completed their runs, posted their times to and shared a picture of their runs on social media using #woimm and #mayoday.

Participants are also being encouraged to submit their pictures to [email protected] to be in with a chance of winning €1,000 of great prizes.

The Mini-Marathon is running right throughout the Bank Holiday weekend so participants will also be able to complete their 10k on Sunday or Monday. There has also been a great response to the It’s For Girls initiative for secondary-school students and the Kids Run for Fun Mini-Mini for younger participants, with a number of national schools around Mayo having organised 2k runs and walks for their pupils.

A full gallery of pictures submitted to [email protected] or posted using #woimm and #mayoday will be featured in this Tuesday’s edition of the Western People, so be sure to pick up your copy.

Organisers ask that participants in the Mini-Marathon please take care and stay safe while running on public roads and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

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