The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is an annual 10K road race and the largest Women’s-only event of its kind. The event has grown in popularity over the years, since it’s conception in 1983 and a number of European cities have copied the all-women event.
This year’s mini marathon saw 30,000 women take part. Lizzie Lee from Leevale Athletic Club in Cork won the race, crossing the line in a time of 34 minutes 18 seconds.
Yet some of this year’s runners were unimpressed with the contents of their post-run goodie bag, which contained the normal snacks and drinks, but also a dishwashing tablet and a sachet of Persil.
Runners took to Twitter to share their dismay:
Another runner tweeted: “Thanks so much Vhi for the dishwasher tablets and washing powder in the women’s mini marathon goodie bag #Feminism”
The upset caused race organisers to issue a statement today. The statement reads: “The race organisers of Women’s Mini Marathon are happy to provide a Race Bag to all participants every year. This is one of the most popular parts of the event every year, and we strive to give all participants a selection of free, quality products. These range from food and drink items to household and lifestyle items.
“Our sponsors have no input into the contents of the race bag.
“We understand that some participants were unhappy with the inclusion of dishwasher tablet and laundry detergent samples in the race bag, equally we have received positive feedback from the majority of the 30,000 women who took part.
“We have included similar items in previous years, which have been well received, but understand the concerns raised by some women given the context. We welcome feedback from all of our participants, and will continue to listen and take on board the feedback which we receive each year.”