Congratulations to everyone who took part in the NewWay5k on Tuesday 28th July 2020. We hope you achieved your personal goal for the 5k.
We would like to say a big thank you to the NewWay5k sponsors SuperValu and to the local Athletics clubs; Corran AC, North Sligo AC, South Sligo AC, Sligo AC, Calry AC and Tireragh AC for their support.
Results from each area can be viewed below. Please click on the venue you attended to complete your timed 5k to see your result.
RESULTS PER CLUB VENUE…
Click HERE to check out all the photos from the various venues
Coming up with different ways to stay active and healthy is now in a key priority as we adapt to our ever changing environment. As the annual Sligo Womens 5K Series couldn’t be staged in its usual format, Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership (SSRP) in association with Supervalu and with support from local Athletics Clubs; Sligo AC, North Sligo AC, Calry AC, Tireragh AC, Corran AC, South Sligo AC and Sligo County Athletics Board developed an alternative plan to get the women of Sligo walking, jogging and running.
The SSRP Supervalu Womens New Way 5K consisted of a six week virtual 5K training programme for women of all ages and abilities throughout County Sligo. Over 575 women registered to participate in one of the three tailored training programmes available. The ‘Running Rookie’ programme targeted beginners whose main goal was to complete the 5K distance at the end of a six week training block. This beginner walk-run programme also included a series of podcasts available for the running rookies to download, and they detailed the various training sessions which women who were new to walking/jogging and running could follow easily and safely.
‘Breaking 30’ was the intermediate training plan aimed at women whose goal was to try and run their timed 5K in under 30 minutes whilst the ‘Speed Queen’ ‘advanced training option was for women who were targeting a sub 25 minute 5K at the end of the six week training period. Each training programme contained three sessions per week which were circulated to the women along with various training tips and advice. A further 25 women who were already running regularly and following their own training plans also registered for the initiative and participated in one of the five timed walk/jog/run sessions being delivered by the various Athletic Clubs on the evening of Tuesday 28th July.
Many of the women who registered for the SSRP Supervalu Womens New Way 5K programme choose to select to participate in the timed 5K option supported by one of the various Athletics Clubs closet to their own location. Alternatively, following the training programme a large number of women choose to run their 5K in their own time, at their own location during the final week in July and submit their time to SSRP. All the training programmes and timed walk/jog/run 5K sessions were free, and for a small fee over half of the women participating received a commemorative Womens New Way 5K running vest to remind them of their experience during this unique time. SSRP would also like to sincerely thank the main sponsors Supervalu. Speaking on behalf of the SuperValu stores in Tubbercurry, Ballisodare, Ballymote and Grange, Gearoid Surlis stated “SuperValu were delighted to support the initiative in the new format and it was fantastic to see so many women sign up to the training programme and the various events hosted by the Athletics Clubs. The initiative represents a great partnership between the SuperValu stores, Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership and the Athletic Clubs and working together the initiative has promoted and encouraged a healthy lifestyle for all involved”.
Each of the six Athletic Clubs also played a huge role in supporting the womens and ensuring the timed 5K runs went of safely. Reflecting on the SSRP SuperValu New Way 5K SSRP Sports Co ordinator Deirdre Lavin stated “The new format for the initiative in 2020 proved to be a resounding success with the number of women involved bigger than ever and it is particularly encouraging to see so many women training and taking part in their first ever 5K”. She added, “The support of the Athletic Clubs and their may volunteers across the County and the sponsorship from the SuperValu stores enabled many women of all fitness levels to participate in the initiative”.
So to all the ladies who took part, whether you were a running rookie, a speed queen or maybe something in between, a very well done on completing the SSRP Supervalu Womens New Way 5K and remember, keep moving the Sligo way!