Another busy day for Castlebar with the return of the women’s mini marathon


Castlebar is ready for another busy day.

Following yesterday’s successful Mayo Day, the county town is now hosting the Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon.

The mini marathon will leave from the Palais de Justice at 12:00 p.m. followed by the children’s race at 12:05 p.m., the Mall being open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This year’s mini marathon celebrates the return, after two years, of this fantastic showcase event for women’s participation in sport and promises to be a day to remember.

The 10k Run/Walk and Mini Mini 2k event are co-hosted by Western People, Mayo Sports Partnership and Mayo County Council.

Visitors to the town of Castlebar are recommended to arrive early and park in places to best enjoy the mini-marathon and other related events.

Also taking place the day immediately following the start of the mini-marathon, the fun race for mini primary school children, which has grown in popularity with the participation of hundreds of school children and parents.

The 10k Run/Walk and Mini Mini 2k event are co-hosted by Western People, Mayo Sports Partnership and Mayo County Council.

The organizers have announced that certain temporary road closures will be in effect and members of the public are asked to respect these restrictions in the interest of health and safety.

These are:

Closure of the Mall from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Closure of Ellison Street from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Closure of Lower Spencer Street from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Duke Street 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Newport Road to Pound Road from noon to 1 p.m.

Pound Road 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Gallows Hill 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

New line from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Pontoon Road in Ballinacarriga 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Ballinacarriga at Ballynew from 12pm to 2pm

Ballynew/Turlough Road 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Staball Hill/Thomas Street 12:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Rue du Pont 12:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Main Street 12:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Road closures will be temporary, depending on the progress of marathon participants, and delays may be expected.

Please respect the instructions of the stewards for health and safety reasons.

As part of the Mayo Sports Partnerships Girls Active campaign, a special campaign to get more teenage girls into the event is being promoted through the It’s for Girls initiative.

Supported by Sport Ireland’s Women in Sport programme, all secondary schools in the region were invited to take part in the It’s for Girls Mini Marathon Challenge.

It’s for Girls aims to make more girls more physically active.

To capture the atmosphere of the festival, the mall will incorporate a stage with music, a refreshment area, children’s face painting and cartoon characters.


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