If you and a gang of girlfriends are looking for an alternative activity to do together, there is a growing collection of women-only events. The 10km VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin on June 5th(vhiwomensminimarathon.ie) is a perennial favourite but there are other options such as the 10km Newry & Mourne Women’s mini marathon on July 23rd (26extreme.com). And Gaelforce runs two women-only adventure races around Killary Fjord in Galway on July 22nd and Wicklow on August 19th (gaelforceevents.com).
Another option is the The Women with Altitude festival from May 12th-14th in Tollymore, Co Down (womenwithaltitude.ie). This Mountaineering Ireland initiative aims to help women take on greater challenges in mountaineering, be it navigating, climbing or general hiking skills.