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Sunday 31 August 2014

Women's mini marathon won't be an all-girl affair

women's mini marathon gets lads in touch with their feminine side

Published 15/05/2013 | 05:36

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Jimmy Flannery and Donny Hilliard who are dressing up to take part in the inaugural Dingle Women's Mini Marathon this Saturday in an effort to raise funds for Breast Cancer Ireland and PCD. Photo by Marian O'Flaherty

TWO DINGLE men will swap their shorts for skirts this Saturday as they plan to raise much needed funds for Breast Cancer Ireland and Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne by running in the inaugural Dingle Women's Mini Marathon.

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Local running enthusiasts Jimmy Flannery and Donny Hilliard will go to the start line in wigs, dresses, lipstick... the works, as they join women from all over Kerry and beyond in the town's first dedicated women's mini marathon.

The daring duo are urging other local men to join them in running the race by breaking out the rollers, lipstick and nylons.

"We want to raise funds for breast cancer and the school; it's a good cause so why not," said local skipper Jimmy who also became a grandfather over the weekend. "We have wigs and dresses picked out but we are keeping the outfits secret until Saturday!"

Jimmy and Donny, who are both members of the West Kerry Fitness movement, completed the Dingle 10km Road Race last month and also took part in the Darkness Into Light 4am run for Pieta House in Killarney over the weekend.

The inaugural Dingle Women's 10km Mini Marathon takes place this Saturday beginning at 2pm from Strand Street. According to race organiser Seán Ó Suailleabháin, at 6.2 miles, the event is suitable for runners and walkers of all levels.

The event was recently endorsed by RTÉ's Miriam O'Callaghan who officially launched the event in Dingle with Marc Ó Sé and Siún Nic Gearailt. Irish Olympian Linda Byrne has also indicated that she will run.

"We have registrations from all over the county and the country and from even as far afield as the USA. Over 55 per cent of people registered to take part so far are from outside the Peninsula," Seán said.

"It's a very accessible run and funds raised will go towards Breast Cancer Ireland and Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne who wish to develop a running track at the school."

People can register online at DingleMiniMarathon.com or on the day in the Dingle Bay Hotel from 10am onwards.

Kerryman

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