Thursday 29 September 2016

VHI Women's Mini Marathon: Can you spot yourself in our gallery of yesterday' race?

Ciara Treacy

Published 07/06/2016 | 08:39

6 June 2016: Sinead Kealy, left, and Elaine Murphy, from Donabate, taking part in the VHI Women's Mini Marathon 2016. Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin. Picture; Caroline Quinn
6 June 2016: Sinead Kealy, left, and Elaine Murphy, from Donabate, taking part in the VHI Women's Mini Marathon 2016. Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin. Picture; Caroline Quinn
General view of the start line of the VHI Women's Mini Marathon 2016. Baggot street, Dublin. Picture; Caroline Quinn
6 June 2016: l-r; Nicola Dunne, Barbara Dunne, Caroline Doyle, Orlene Robinson and Ashling Dunne, from Westmeath, taking part in the VHI Women's Mini Marathon 2016. Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin. Picture; Caroline Quinn
6 June 2016: l-r; Sisters Gillian Brady, Val Brady and Michelle Brady, Robyn (michelle's daughter), and pal Tracey Cannon, from the Liberties, taking part in the VHI Women's Mini Marathon 2016 in aid of Rúa (Gillians grand-daughter) and the Heart Ward for Crumlin Hospital. Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin. Picture; Caroline Quinn
Bernie Smith, , Kirsty Keady and Anita Smith, from Mullagh, Cavan celebrate as they finish the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Sandrine jezequel, left and Marie Rende, from France, celebrate as they start the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Mary Walsh, from Paulstown, Kilkenny, with her daughters, Caroline, left and Denise, Kilkenny pictured before running the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin, she ran the race in memory of her son Niall Walsh. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Sisters, Anita, left and Zoe Walshe, from Thomastown, Kilkenny pictured before running the vhi women mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Brenda Butler, Aisling Lacey, Aoife Butler and Niamh lacey, from Ballyadams, Laois pictured before running the vhi women mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Sisters, Anita, left and Zoe Walshe, from Thomastown, Kilkenny pictured before running the vhi women mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Alex Fenlon, 20, Denise Geraghty, 30, Carol Fenlon, 47, Hazel o'driscoll, 16, and Maria Costigan, 28, from kilbride, meath pictured before running the vhi women mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Hazel o'driscoll, 16, from kilbride, meath pictured before running the vhi women mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Ger Flannery and Leslie Flanagan from Banagher, Offaly with Nicola Doyle and Deirdre Redmond, from Gorey Wexford before the start of the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Ger Flannery and Leslie Flanagan from Banagher, Offaly before the start of the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin.Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Ger Flannery and Leslie Flanagan from Banagher, Offaly before the start of the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Nicola Doyle and Deirdre Redmond, from Gorey Wexford before the start of the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin.. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Ger Thornton, from Crumlin before the start of the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Nicola Doyle, left, and Deirdre Redmond, from Gorey Wexford before the start of the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin.. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Annmarie Shevlin, left and Eileen Drumgoole, from Carrickmacross Monaghan before the start of the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin.. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Annmarie Shevlin, left and Eileen Drumgoole, from Carrickmacross Monaghan before the start of the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin.. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Ladies celebrate as they start the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin.. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
runners start the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin.. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
A family cheer on the Ladies as they start the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin.. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Ladies celebrate as they start the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin.. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Gail Tarney, from Galway, who is 6 months pregnant starts the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin.. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Ladies celebrate as they start the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin.. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Sarah Murphy, from Wexford with her son Noah celebrates after finishing the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin.. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Ladies celebrate as they start the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin.. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Amy fitzpatrick, from Clonshaugh, left and Maika Zuzaeta, from greystones finish the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Dexter Whelan, right, from Blackrock, Dublin and Henry Duddy from Cape Town, South Africa, after finishing the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Sinead Desmond, TV3 presenter, right who guided Sinead Kane, from Yoghal, Cork after finishing the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Michael Donavan and Sarah Murphy from Drogheda celebrate after finishing the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Michael Donavan and Sarah Murphy from Drogheda celebrate after finishing the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Lauren Dunne and Emma dunno from Clondalkin celebrate with their medals after finishing the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Luta harding, Nicky Foam, Aoife McCarthy, and Jessy elliott from south county dublin celebrate with their medals after finishing the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Aaron Brady, 13, from Drumalee, Dublin celebrates after finishing the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Ladies give the thumbs up despite the rain before the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Clodagh Smith, left and Lauren Walsh from Clondalkin at the start of the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Niamh Madden, from Galway, celebrates after winning a Nissan Note car before the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Niamh Madden, from Galway, celebrates after winning a Nissan Note car before the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Niamh Madden, from Galway, celebrates after winning a Nissan Note car before the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Clodagh Smith, left and Lauren Walsh from Clondalkin at the start of the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Clodagh Smith, left and Lauren Walsh from Clondalkin at the start of the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Gareth Smyth, from Bullyboy, Monaghan celebrates after finishing the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Trish Dardis, Trish Hardiman and Claire Matthews, from Lucan at the start of the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin, they ran the race for Ronan's hope. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Michelle Drysdale, from Galway celebrates after finishing the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Runners start the VHI womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Deric Ó h'Artagáin, TV 3, weatherman at the start of the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Ladies from Donaghmeade, Dublin, running for Brain Tumour Ireland at the start of the VHI womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Siobhan O'Doherty, from Nenagh, Tipperary gets a kiss from her mother, Agnes after winning the VHI womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Siobhan O'Doherty, from Neagh crosses the line to win the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Jean Murtagh, from Lucan starts the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Runners start the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Runners start the vhi womens mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
Hazel o'driscoll, from kilbride, meath pictured before running the vhi women mini marathon in dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 6/6/2016
23/5/16 Louise Hegarty with Annemarie and Lisa Boon getting ready for the Womens Mini Marathon at Merrion Square. Pictures:Arthur Carron
23/5/16 Louise Hegarty with Annemarie and Lisa Boon getting ready for the Womens Mini Marathon at Merrion Square. Pictures:Arthur Carron
23/5/16 Suzanne and Aoife O'Reilly, Louise Hegarty, Annemarie and Lisa Boon getting ready for the Womens Mini Marathon at Merrion Square. Pictures:Arthur Carron
23/5/16 Louise Hegarty with Annemarie and Lisa Boon getting ready for the Womens Mini Marathon at Merrion Square. Pictures:Arthur Carron
23/5/16 Louise Hegarty with Annemarie and Lisa Boon getting ready for the Womens Mini Marathon at Merrion Square. Pictures:Arthur Carron
23/5/16 Louise Hegarty with Aoife O'Reilly, Annemarie and Lisa Boon and Suzanne O'Reilly getting ready for the Womens Mini Marathon at Merrion Square. Pictures:Arthur Carron
23/5/16 Anne Marie Boon, Louise Hegarty and Lisa Boon getting ready for the Womens Mini Marathon at Merrion Square. Pictures:Arthur Carron
6 June 2016: Two brides-to-be taking part in the VHI Women's Mini Marathon 2016. Sandra McDermott, left, who is due to marry in September, and Jenine Grogan, due to be married in 3 weeks, both from Longford. Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin. Picture; Caroline Quinn
6 June 2016: ladies taking part in the VHI Women's Mini Marathon 2016. Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin. Picture; Caroline Quinn
6 June 2016: Ladies from Clonard and Kinnegad taking part in the VHI Women's Mini Marathon 2016 in aid of Tullamore Oncology Unit in memory of the late Patricia Hoey. Mount Street, Dublin. Picture; Caroline Quinn
6 June 2016: l-r; Orla McEntee, James Buckley, Anne Buckley and Grace Buckley, from Drogheda, taking part in the VHI Women's Mini Marathon 2016. Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin. Picture; Caroline Quinn
6 June 2016: Ladies from Killygarry Cavan running club taking part in the VHI Women's Mini Marathon 2016 for various charities. Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin. Picture; Caroline Quinn
6 June 2016: Two brides-to-be taking part in the VHI Women's Mini Marathon 2016. Sandra McDermott, left, who is due to marry in September, and Jenine Grogan, due to be married in 3 weeks, both from Longford. Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin. Picture; Caroline Quinn
6 June 2016: Water being prepared for the VHI Women's Mini Marathon 2016. Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin. Picture; Caroline Quinn
6 June 2016: Water being prepared for the VHI Women's Mini Marathon 2016. Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin. Picture; Caroline Quinn
6 June 2016: Ladies from Killygarry Cavan running club taking part in the VHI Women's Mini Marathon 2016 for various charities. Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin. Picture; Caroline Quinn
6 June 2016: ladies getting ready to take part in the VHI Women's Mini Marathon 2016. Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin. Picture; Caroline Quinn
6 June 2016: Ladies from Clonard and Kinnegad taking part in the VHI Women's Mini Marathon 2016 in aid of Tullamore Oncology Unit in memory of the late Patricia Hoey. Mount Street, Dublin. Picture; Caroline Quinn

THOUSANDS of runners feared the VHI Women's Mini-Marathon was going to be a washout after a lunchtime downpour.

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However, the skies cleared just in time for the start of the fun-filled annual event in Baggot Street.

Just under 35,000 women came from all over the island to take part.

For Kate Griffin (23), from Drumcondra, the rain provided a bit of respite from the midday sun.

"It's actually good - we can cool down a bit and it's not too cold," she told the Herald.

After completing a 10km race in the Phoenix Park some years ago, Kate decided to sign up for this year's race with her pal, Elizabeth Grainger (23), from Clontarf.

"I've started running recently, so this is kind of my incentive to keep going," said Elizabeth.

To the tune of Molly Malone, runners, walkers and joggers set out on one of the biggest fundraising gigs of the year.

More than 800 charities nationwide benefit from the millions raised by participants.

Nicole O'Sullivan (67), from Dun Laoghaire, is among the racers who lace up their runners every June bank holiday Monday.

"I do it for various charities," she said. "This year it's LauraLynn Children's Hospice. The only time I missed it was in 2006. I had to have bypass surgery that year.

"I'm only a walker and hoping to do it in an hour and three-quarters, then I'm meeting my husband for dinner."

Participants were kept enter- tained and motivated along the course by bands, DJs and drummers.

They were cheered on by family and friends, in addition to 900 stewards from various sports clubs and scouting groups.

People were invited to show their backing for their favoured runners by submitting a mess-age of encouragement for the VHI Wall of Support.

Complimentary massages, physiotherapy and cool packs were handed out along with medals to all who completed the race.

Tipperary woman Siobhan O'Doherty (31) was the first to cross the finish line, in a time of 34 minutes and 30 seconds.

She was followed three seconds later by Natasha Adams, from Donegal. Dubliner Sarah Mulligan was third.

"I'm delighted and shocked. I didn't think I was going to win, so it's always good to get a win when you don't expect it," said Siobhan, who works as a physiotherapist at St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny.

"It was so hot out there. Natasha did most of the work, so I was lucky to catch her at the end."

It was Siobhan's second vic- tory in the mini-marathon.

"They were both in similar conditions - really warm and equally as good," she said.

"It's amazing. It's a really emotional race because everyone is doing it for a reason.

"My mammy, Agnes, always comes with me to this race. It's just a women's day out."

uplifting

For Siobhan, retail therapy was the best way to recuperate.

"I'm going to go shopping now. There's no Topshop in Kilkenny, so it's my first port of call," she said.

Women's Mini-Marathon CEO Kathy Endersen said it was "a fantastic day for women and charities from all over Ireland".

"It's very uplifting to see so many women walking, jogging and running together through the streets of the capital," she added.

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