The Carers Association and RTÉ broadcaster Mary Kennedy launch the 10th annual Kilkenny Mini Marathon

 The Carers Association and RTÉ broadcaster Mary Kennedy launch the 10th annual Kilkenny Mini Marathon

The Kilkenny Mini Marathon, which this year will celebrate its 10th anniversary, was launched by The Carers Association charity patron and RTÉ broadcaster, Mary Kennedy. The annual mini marathon, hosted by The Carers Association, will take place on Monday, May 5th beginning from Kilkenny’s Aspect Hotel.

This year’s event will cater for all levels of runners, walkers and family participants including a 10km (chipped) run or walk for the serious competitors and a new 5km (not chipped) run/walk for the more relaxed participant. The Carers Association is seeking the support of the public once again and are urging the people of Kilkenny to register and join in the fun and encourage friends and family members to take part.

“It is wonderful to see the support for The Carers Association today as at the beginning they had to shout very loudly to get their voice heard – but they did it and it has worked and this 10th anniversary event is very positive recognition of the great work carried out by all at The Carers Association,” said Mary Kennedy

“I am not as fit as I used to be during my marathon days in 2001 as I simply don’t have time to run with work and travel, however, I do love to run and I will definitely be taking part in this fun event on the Bank Holiday weekend.”

Gina Delaney, Outreach and Development Officer with The Carers Association speaking at the event at the Aspect Hotel today said, “Our supporters and volunteers mean so much to us and without their continued support this event would not be so successful.”

Nora O’ Gorman, Kilkenny Carer of the Year was also present and highlighted the value of the event to the people on the ground in Carlow Kilkenny.

“The fundraising from this event means that the Kilkenny/Carlow centre can continue to support local Carers. Supports like the respite service are invaluable to giving peace of mind to families and the Support Groups let you meet with others in a similar position to help break down the feeling of isolation.”

There are approximately 6,200 family carers in Carlow/Kilkenny alone carrying out an immeasurable number of caring hours on a weekly basis. Funds raised during this event will go towards much-needed respite care for these dedicated carers and their families.

The Registration fee is €15 (Late registration €20) and should be returned to The Carers Association, Springhill Clinic, Waterford Road, Kilkenny no later than Monday, April 21st. Forms can also be received by calling 056-7721424 or by logging on to A sponsorship card will be sent out to those who wish to raise much-needed funds for The Carers Association.