Calling all Tipperary women – 2015 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon – Open for Entries

David Gillick, Louise Heraghty and Maeve Higgins Revealed as 2015 Vhi Experts

–          New Vhi WMM 2015 App launched to support every step towards the 2015 event


The 2015 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is now officially open for entries. Over 40,000 participants from all around the country are expected to walk, jog or run the 10K route through Dublin city on Monday, 1stJune 2015.


Vhi Experts David Gillick, Louise Heraghty and Maeve Higgins pictured at the launch of the 2015 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon

Vhi Experts David Gillick, Louise Heraghty and Maeve Higgins pictured at the launch of the 2015 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon

The Vhi Experts were also unveiled today and include athlete David Gillick, fitness enthusiast and DJ Louise Heraghty, Vhi’s Dr Ui May Tan, and one of Ireland’s most popular comedians, Maeve Higgins, who will support participants every step of the way to the 2015 event with a combination of expert advice and  fun tips.


Speaking at the launch, Brighid Smyth, Head of Corporate Communications, Vhi Healthcare commented; “The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is a truly unique event which allows women to reach their fitness goals and raise money for their chosen charities. We are delighted to be involved in this wonderful event and to be supporting every participant’s running journey with the Vhi Experts and Vhi WMM 2015 App. The health benefits, both physical and mental, associated with running are unparalleled. We hope to encourage more Tipperary women to dust off their runners, follow our Vhi Experts’ training programmes and take a step in the right direction towards a healthier lifestyle and the 2015 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon”.


Kathy Endersen, Deputy CEO of the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon said; “The Women’s Mini Marathon are delighted to have Vhi Healthcare as their new title sponsor. Together with them we can continue to develop the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon into a wonderful day for all the participants and Charities. We would encourage all Tipperary women to enter as soon as possible as places fill up quickly”.


Comedienne Maeve Higgins who will be leading Team Vhi on race day and will be sharing her experiences of training for the race stated “I am thrilled to be an ambassador for the 2015 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. I’ve taken part in the race before and it is so much fun, you forget you’re exercising. It’s magic! There are women everywhere – all sorts of us, doing our thing. That thing may be running, walking, laughing, chatting –all the while supporting amazing charities! I am hoping the organisers will give me, an ambassador, a head start.  If they do, I’m pretty confident I can win this race”.


Former Irish Sprinter, European Champion and MasterChef winner David Gillick will be combining his love of cookery with his athletics expertise to provide healthy eating plans and recipes for the 16 weeks leading up to the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. David will be preparing sample meal planners and sharing his favourite recipes to support women all over the country with their training.


Personal trainer and radio personality Louise Heraghty has created three tailored training programmes to help every participant achieve their personal best on race day. There will be a training programme for walkers, one for absolute beginners who have never run 10K before and one for improvers who have run 5K or 10K and would like to improve their performance. Each week Louise will share her training plan for the next seven days, along with her top tips and advice.


Finally, Vhi’s Dr Ui May Tan, who has provided medical support and advice to many of Ireland’s leading races, will be providing medical advice to those training for the 2015 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon.


The Vhi experts will be sharing their weekly training and food plans in the Herald and on the newly launched Vhi WMM 2015 App.   The App, which is available free in both the App and Play Stores, is a new addition and will allow runners to access their weekly training and nutrition plans on the go, keep a record of their runs and progress over the weeks, as well as receiving updates on the 2015 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon in the run up to race day.


Women can enter the 2015 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon online by or alternatively postal application forms will be available in The Herald every Wednesday and Saturday.  Entry is now open and will close as soon as the maximum number is reached so those interested in running are being urged to enter as early as possible to ensure they get to participate in this unique event.


For further information on the 2015 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon visit orwww.Facebook/vhiwomensminimarathon. Follow us on Twitter @VhiWmm.





Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon

The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is the biggest all women’s event of its kind in the world. This year’s event will take place on Bank Holiday Monday the 1st June 2015. It has grown from its beginnings in 1983 with almost 9,000 participants to a staggering 41,006 women participating in 2014.


Since 1983 nearly 921,000 women have entered the event and it has grown as women’s interest in their own health and vitality has developed over the last three decades.


Indeed, it is not only women who have benefited from the event, but the charities are also the big winners. In 2014 it is estimated that almost €12m was raised by the participants bringing the total since the race started in 1983 close to €192m. All charities benefit as it is the women themselves who decide who they will support and many local causes gain vital revenue from the event. It is now the biggest single day charity event in the country.


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