Wednesday 24 April 2019

No need to be thirsty

For a second year, a crack crew from the Dublin City Council will ensure that every woman in action at Monday's Flora Women's Mini Marathon will have as much water was they could wish for.

For the past few weeks, water hydrants in the St Stephen's Green and Stillorgan Road areas have been thoroughly tested to ensure a steady supply on race day.

"We'll be there from 7am laying out the cables and attaching them to the hydrants. We've put in new hydrants where necessary and they all have double caps to make filling the containers easy," says John Beveridge of the council.

When everything is set up -- and the long stretch from the water hydrant at Donnybrook Church to the water station about 400m away is a particular challenge -- the volunteers can fill first their jugs and then the cups.

"We also have to cover the cables so they aren't a hazard, plus we have ramps for wheelchair. There's more to it than you'd think," says Beveridge.

When it's all over, the crew of 15 or 16 will get to work dismantling everything. "It's a fair bit of work, but we did it last year, so we have the head's up."

> Watch out for the three water stations in operation at next Monday's Flora Women's Mini Marathon.

> Before the race begins, water will be supplied in cups at St Stephen's Green North (facing Shelbourne Hotel).

> On the course, drinks will be available in cups on both sides of the Stillorgan Road between 6km and 7km. Tip: go for the tables further along the line, which are less crowded.

> At the finish, Ballygowan Touch of Fruit, as well as plain water, will be distributed.

> Bring a small bottle with you if you feel you'll need a drink along the way.


Don't forget to pick up your official Body Logic Flora Women's Mini Marathon sportswear at the Women's World Show in the RDS this weekend as a souvenir of what is sure to be a great day next Monday.

The range has been especially designed for those who run for fun and enjoy getting fit. With breathable fabric, and tunnel elastic as a feature on the pants, all items in the range are perfect for training and indeed for race day. The commemorative t-shirts come in two vibrant colours - shocking pink and electric orange. Also for sale are stretch pants in three different lengths, a fitted zip top and special mini marathon socks.

As well as at the RDS, you can pick up the Body Logic range in selected Elverys Sports stores and online from www.elverys.ie.

To celebrate their fourth year as apparel sponsors to this great race, Elverys Sports has teamed up with Asics to provide free gait analysis for race participants at mini marathon registration. Buy a pair of Asics running shoes for over E55 and you'll also get a free t-shirt from the mini marathon range.


Over 100 exhibitors will be on hand at this weekend's Woman's World Show at the RDS Simmonscourt, which incorporates registration for the Flora Women's Mini Marathon.

With make-overs, wine tasting, make-up, tanning, jewellery, handbags, nails, and hair exhibits to see, as well as stands on footwear, fitness testing and healthy eating, the show is an ideal girls' day out.

Feeling active? Fit Squad staff offer personal fitness assessment to the first 50 to sign up with them. Nintendo will also be at the event demonstrating the new Nintendo Wii Fit system.

Need pampering? The Peugeot pamper Zone includes head and neck massage, Indian head massage and mini makeovers.

Many other companies, such as Muller, Linwoods and Dunn's Seafood will be offering offering free tastings, while Lyons Gold Blends invites you to visit their new-look Tea Marquee for a refreshing cuppa. At the Bulmer's Light stand, you could win a trip for two in a hot air balloon. Entry to the show is free to all women participating in the mini marathon plus a friend.

For others, the entrance fee is E12 with free tickets are on offer to all who register in advance at www.womansworldshow.com.


Setanta Sport will be showing a special programme on the Flora Women's Mini Marathon next Thursday June 4 at 9.30pm. Watch out also for news reports on other channels on Monday evening.


Jackie Skelly Fitness will conduct a series of warm-up sessions in Merrion Square on Mini Marathon Monday. First session starts at 12 noon and they will continue every 15 minutes until 1.30pm - which will give everyone plenty of time to get to the start at Fitzwilliam Street.

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