40,000 women to hit streets of capital for mini-marathon
Published 01/06/2015 | 02:30
Up to 40,000 pairs of runners will pound the streets of the capital today as women from all around the country arrive to participate in the annual VHI Women's Mini-Marathon.
Young and old will line the streets of the city to participate in the 10km race, many hoping to raise some much-needed funds for a variety of charities.
The competition is strictly a women-only event and is one of the largest of its kind in the world.
Participants must be over 14 years old in order to take part and the event kicks off on Baggot Street at 2pm this afternoon.
The race is set to raise millions for charity, with 80pc of applicants fundraising for a cause. Last year the mini-marathon raised €12m for charity.
Betty Hand from Blanchardstown is 80 years old and she will participate in today's competition to raise funds for mental health charity 'Walk in my Shoes'.
"Mental health is so important and I'm looking forward to taking part for what will be my 33rd time," she said.
The Irish Cancer Society said that they have some 2,000 women taking part on their behalf today.
The route will take entrants past the RDS, UCD and RTÉ before finishing at Fitzwilliam Square.
Motorists and commuters are being advised that there are traffic diversions in place on a number of roads around the south side of the city, including Pembroke Road, Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge and the Merrion Road.
Thousands are also expected to turn out for the Cork city marathon.