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Karen Stack (43) Raheny, Dublin:

Published 21/02/2016 | 02:30

Karen Stack (43) Raheny, Dublin:

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"A big part is setting an example for my two boys"

Mother-of-two Karen Stack has participated in the Women's Mini Marathon on a number of occasions for meningitis charities following the tragic loss of her nephew to the disease.

"When I first took part it would have just been walking it. My mum used to do it all of the time," Karen explains. "A big part of it for me is setting an example for my two boys. They think it's great when you come home with your medal."

In 2012, Karen started running.

"For my 40th birthday I gave myself a challenge and said I would jog a bit of it at least," she recalls. "So I did that. I walked a bit and jogged a bit that year, then the next year I jogged a little more and the next a little more and it has been building up year on year."

Training for the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon keeps Karen motivated. "On the day itself there is such a wonderful atmosphere and I think that's one of the major reasons why many women go back and do it each year."

Irish Independent

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