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Evening Echo Womens Mini-Marathon 2018 - We are Up and Running! Are You?

Revamped 37th Evening Echo Women's Mini-Marathon Makes for Fast Running

Centre Park Road Cork

1pm, Sunday September 16th 2018


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Enter 37th Evening Echo Cork Women's Mini-Marathon


With little over 5 weeks to go to the big day, entries are streaming in for the 37th Evening Echo Cork Women's Mini-Marathon. Evening Echo are Flagship Sponsors, for the 37th consecutive year, and this year we have Tesco join the event as one of the main Sponsors.  Last week, entries passed the 1,500 mark, and are coming from all parts; primarily from Cork City and surrounds, there are also large numbers from throughout the county, but also from further away, with large groups coming from Cashel, Clonmel, Tralee and Tipperary...and many other towns throughout the country.

Race Information - 37th Evening Echo Women's Mini-Marathon 2018


The Course                     FAQ

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With the intention of enabling a smooth and fast start for everyone, this year's Mini-Marathon will feature Time Zones. In addition, everyone will start on Centre Park Road, with the Mill Road-Centre Park Road bottleneck eliminated, making for a more enjoyable experience for all, runner and walker alike.  

This year, Time Zones are being introduced to the event for the first time.  The zones will be marked on both sides of the road leading to the Start Line, with 7 zones in all:


  Zone   Time Range Approx. Pace
Zone 1 Sub 24 sub 6:30 Minutes/Mile
Zone 2 24 - 32 Mins 6:30 to 8:30 Minutes/Mile
Zone 3 33 - 36 Mins 8:30 to 9:30 Minutes/Mile
Zone 4 37 - 40 Mins 10 to 11 Minutes/Mile
Zone 5 41 - 45 Mins 11 to 12 Minutes/Mile
Zone 6 46-50 Mins 12 to 14 Minutes/Mile
Zone 7 50 Min + 14+ Minutes/Mile


 evening echo womens mini marathon start zones 2018sTime Zones for Evening Echo Women's Mini-Marathon

Time Zones

Runners and walkers should enter the Time Zone most appropriate to their own target finish time.  If all participants adhere to this, it should make for a streamlined start and a pleasant experience for everyone, runner and walker alike.   The image above gives an indication of the zones, though the view foreshortens them, making some of the zones appear smaller than they actually will be.  Each zone will be sized to adequately cater for the estimated numbers (based on previous year's Mini-Marathon finish times) in each section. 

There are two primary goals behind the introduction of Time Zones:

  • Improved Safety for Everyone, and
  • A smoother Start for all participants, from the fastest, to those who intend taking their leisure

    If everyone starts in a realistic zone for their own individual abilities, we think that the change will prove a major factor in everyone enjoying their 2018 Mini-Marathon experience.


Club Runners

We hope that the changes being introduced to the Mini-Marathon will attract club runners back to the event in large numbers. We hope adherance to the time zones will enable all runners to get straight into their stride pretty much straight away. 

We realise that, for many runners, in recent years, the Mini-Marathon may have been a frustrating experience, largely due to to the way the start has been managed.  We are streamlining the start, and will strive to continually improve the event.  We'll be there on Centre Park Road on Sunday September 16th - we'd love to see all you club runners there too.

We are changing - be there to see the impact for yourself.

...We Like It.....We Hope YOU do Too!!



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