Get Your Runners on for the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon 2019
Registration Opens This Month!
Runners, Joggers, Strollers, Rollers….the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon 2019 registration opens Thursday 28th of February 2019. Tickets for this event have already been sold during an early bird pre-sale event with the remaining tickets going on sale this month. The 2019 Dublin Marathon sold out in record time, it is expected the Women’s Mini Marathon will do so too.
The women’s mini marathon caters for athletes to ladies having a girl’s fun day out. It is a fully accessible event.
Whether you want to challenge yourself or get a group together to take part in this fun event, make sure you register on the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon website as soon as possible to secure your place. Entry forms will be available in The Herald newspaper throughout March.
- When: Bank Holiday Sunday, 2nd June 2019
- Time: 2pm.
- Race starts: Fitzwilliam Street Upper
- Finishes: on Baggot Street Lower
The minimum age to enter the event is 14 years of age. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate and start in the under 60 minute wave e.g complete the event at a runner’s pace (This is an AAI ruling).
Only women who expect to finish the 10km distance in 75mins or under will require a qualifying time:
- If you have completed the race in 2018 or 2017, you will automatically be verified if your Expected Finish Time is the same as 2018 or 2017, and your name and date of birth match your previous result
- A Parkrun time of 30mins or under will allow you to qualify for the 61 – 75 min wave.
- Results from a chipped 10k race in the last two years are required for the under 60 min wave.
- Please ensure the name, date and your details are clearly visible when submitting race details.
- They cannot accept times from Garmin, Strava, Runkeeper or other tracking devices.
If you need to submit a qualification time, please go to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie and click on Manage My Booking at the bottom of the page. In Manage my Booking you will see three options for submitting a qualification time. Or email your verification time to firstname.lastname@example.org
How to take part for the NRH Foundation?
After you register for the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon 2019:
Email: Fundraising@NRH.ie your:
- official 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon registration number
- postal address
- mobile number
- T-Shirt size – S-XXL
- Whether you are running or walking
We will post you your sponsorship pack and t-shirt to wear on the day.
If you have any queries at all please contact us on: Fundraising@NRH.ie or 01-2355280.
How to Fundraise?
STEP TWO: Share your page on social media, by email, test and WhatsApp with your friends, family, colleagues and clubs etc.
STEP THREE: Use your online sponsorship page to engage with your friends, family, and colleagues you would like to ask to sponsor you:
- Share your fundraising journey
- Share photos / videos
- Explain why you need their support
- Sync your running app to your page
- What is your Story? Your connection to the NRH?
- Thank each person who donates
STEP FOUR: Complete the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon and share the results on your sponsorship page.
STEP FIVE: All funds raised on your online page will automatically transfer to the NRH Foundation and you will receive a formal receipt letter form the Charity.
How to Train? Meet Becky…
Becky Woods is a Paediatric Speech & Language Therapist at the NRH and in her spare time she is ‘Super Woman’! Becky has raced on many different terrains, covering lots of distances from 800m to 20km. Since taking part in a charity cycle for the NRH Foundation in 2017 she has now gone on to complete lots of triathlons and attended specialist training camps abroad. Becky even trained Michael, a NRH Staff Member, to get Dublin Marathon ready in 13 weeks, so he could take part and fundraise for the NRH Foundation. Whether you want to sprint or stroll or roll, here are Becky’s Top Tips to get started…
- Set a routine: Designate a specific time/s during your week as your workout time and think of it as a positive, not a chore! Enjoy the process of getting fit and fast!
- Start small! Make your first steps to training really simple that they are achievable but challenging. The key to a successful mini-marathon experience is not dramatic overnight success, it’s about creating momentum and staying consistent. Add max 10% to your runs/walk each week with the aim to be able to comfortably do 10k in training before the mini-marathon.
- Measure the success of all your training: Jump into a few Saturday morning park runs to feel yourself getting fitter and see the training paying off. Keep track of your progress and notice the trends. My bet is you will be getting faster and hitting your goals!
- Proper footwear: Go to a running specialist store to find out what is the correct runner for you.
Why Support the NRH Foundation?
The first NRH patients commenced their rehabilitation in the newly opened NRH state of the art sports facility last month. This new facility has been fully equipment with specialised high tech equipment, a climbing wall, shooting range, etc. thanks to NRH Foundation supporters. Fundraising and donations play a vital role in the rehabilitation journey of patients in the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH), for adults and children. We would not be able to do this without the help of our fundraisers and donors. The funds raised each year, by our fundraisers who take part in the Women’s Mini Marathon, helps to change the lives of patients, both adults and children, in the NRH.
Who are the NRH?
The NRH is the only service of its type in the country, a fully publicly funded hospital (with no private / semi private beds), providing high quality care & treatment on the basis of clinical need.
What do the NRH do?
The NRH Dún Laoghaire is the only Hospital in Ireland providing complex medical specialist rehabilitation services for the national population. The Hospital provides a comprehensive range of specialist rehabilitation services to children and adults who, as a result of an accident, illness or injury, require rehabilitation services in the following areas of specialty:
- Paediatric Family Centred Rehabilitation
- The Brain Injury Programme (including Stroke)
- The Spinal Injury Programme
- Prosthetic, Orthotic and Limb Absence Rehabilitation (POLAR)
How does the NRH help?
Rehabilitation is a lifelong investment in people; it is an educational process of active change by which a person learns the knowledge and skills needed to enable them to participate meaningfully in family and community life. The NRH strives to minimise the impact of a person’s disability and optimise their potential, while also helping their families too.
For many of the children and adults in the NRH, their journey with them is often at a pivotal point in their lives. Upon arrival to the NRH, many patients will have experienced a very traumatic and often life-changing event. Through rehabilitation they often identify the new path that they will now follow in life’s journey.
For More Training Tips:
Visit the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon website for tips on training and preparation.
The postal option will close on April 30th or sooner if demand exceeds capacity. There is limited availability. Please note you will need your Eircode to select this option. The cost is €2.90 per person.
Alternatively keep an eye on the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon website for race number collection venues.