More than 2,400 women took part in the Cook Medical Limerick Women’s Mini Marathon today (Sunday) to benefit a variety of charities including Sophie’s Journey, Crumlin Children’s Hospital through fundraising by race participants.
The 5km and 10km courses took runners, joggers and walkers of all ages and abilities through the grounds of the University of Limerick and on to the finishing line in Castletroy.
Cork woman Michelle Finn crossed the finish line in first place in 35:44, followed by Hilkka Kontro, in second with a time of 39:12, and Ann MacPhail, in third place with a time of 40:27.
Niamh Barton, a Limerick native and student of Graphic Design Communication at the Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT designed the winning medal, which incorporated the Cook Medical ethos of teamwork, together, and Limerick.
Local TD, Jan O’Sullivan was also in attendance.
Commenting, Alice O’Dwyer, VP of HR at Cook Medical Europe, said:
“On behalf of everyone at Cook Medical, I’d like to thank all the runners, joggers and walkers for taking part in today’s mini marathon. It was a fantastic day of fun and sportsmanship, and the money raised by participants will go towards helping many worthy causes in Limerick and across the country. In particular, I’d like to congratulate Michelle Finn on her great achievement, no doubt the payoff of months of hard work and training.”
“Cook Medical is privileged to be partnered with the Limerick Women’s Mini Marathon. As a medical device company, we fully understand and appreciate the value of health and the importance of exercise on overall wellbeing. We are already looking forward to next year’s event.”
John Cleary, Race Director said, “It’s fantastic to see so many people from Limerick and around the country coming together for this year’s race in aid of local charities and community groups. It was a pleasure to work with the team at Cook Medical to bring it all together and we look forward to celebrating the run’s twentieth year in 2018.”