Saturday 20 December 2014

Barbara Cleary storms home to win Dublin Women's Mini Marathon

A rainbow of positivity and goodwill swept the streets of Dublin

Published 02/06/2014 | 08:47

Clare athlete Barbara Cleary is the winner of the Flora Women's Mini Marathon - with her time of 34.07minutes.

Dublin's Maria McCambridge came second , with her time of 34.29 minutes. While Catherina McKiernan crossed the line in third place - with a time of 34.38 minutes.

A rainbow of positivity and goodwill swept the streets of the capital today with the Flora Women's Mini Marathon.

Some 40,000 women donned the t-shirts to support their favourite good cause to take part in the world's biggest women-only race.

Thousands also took to the streets of Cork for the city's marathon there.

A sprinkling of rain had participants scurrying anxiously for cover - but just minutes later, the sun had reemerged along with the smiles.

Chrissy Roper,Caroline Coode,Phyliss Ray and Catherine Deery
Emma, Tracy, and Leanne from Sticks & Stones
Make-A-Wish runners outside Buck Whaleys Photo: Paul Sherwood
Michelle Reilly Crosby, Brenda Mc Mahon Photo: Paul Sherwood
Stephanie Bryan from Killiney Running in memory of her sister Hannah Photo: Paul Sherwood
Pictured (l-r) was Jacqui Quinn, Charlotte Gough, Suzanne O'Brien from Tallaght (charity of choice the Irish Kidney Association) and Michelle Curran (charity of choice ISPCC) taking part in the The Flora Women's Mini Marathon. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.
Pictured (l-r) was Denisa Dzulova, (charity of choice ISPCC) Aisling Orr (charity of choice the Irish Kidney Association) and Michelle Curran (charity of choice ISPCC) taking part in the The Flora Women's Mini Marathon. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.
Pictured (l-r) was Denisa Dzulova, (charity of choice ISPCC) Aisling Orr (charity of choice the Irish Kidney Association) and Michelle Curran (charity of choice ISPCC) taking part in the The Flora Women's Mini Marathon. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.
Pictured participants at the The Flora Women's Mini Marathon. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.
DUBLIN : Pictured (l-r) was Kate Gargan, Fionna Campbell, Karen McDaniel and Aisling Kinnity from Cavan (charity of choice the Irish Kidney Association) taking part in the The Flora Women's Mini Marathon. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.
Pictured participants at the The Flora Women's Mini Marathon. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.
Pictured (l-r) was Eilish Monaghan (charity of choice the Irish Kidney Association) taking part in the The Flora Women's Mini Marathon. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.
Larry Connolly, Nathan Burns, Eamonn Walsh Photo: Paul Sherwood
Peter Ferris from Coleraine and Eugene Winters from Port Stewart who are running their third marathon this weekend at the Cork City Marathon.
Sinead Dollery who just got married on Saturday competing at the Cork City Marathon.
Claire O'Mahony and Hannah Yardy running with Sinead Dollery who just got married on saturday competing at the Cork City Marathon.
Fire Fighter Alex O'Shea as he attempts to set a new Guinness World Record at the Cork City Marathon.
Marian and Rob Heffernan at the Cork City Marathon.
Competitors at the starting point of the Cork City Marathon.
Competitors at the starting point of the Cork City Marathon.
Anna Rostekova and Diane Weatherup in blindfolds and helpers ,Monika Damjanovic and Anne Herlihy
2 June 2014; Barbara Cleary, Donore Harriers AC, crosses the finish line to win the Flora Women's Mini Marathon 2014. Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin. Picture credit: Ashleigh Fox / SPORTSFILE
Barbara Cleary, Donore Harriers AC, crosses the finish line to win the Flora Women's Mini Marathon 2014. Photo: Ashleigh Fox / SPORTSFILE
Barbara Cleary, Donore Harriers AC, after winning the Flora Women's Mini Marathon 2014. Photo: Ashleigh Fox / SPORTSFILE
Maria McCambridge crosses the finish line in second place. Photo: Ashleigh Fox / SPORTSFILE
Catherina McKiernan, Analee AC, crosses the finish line in third place in the Flora Women's Mini Marathon 2014. Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin. Photo: Ashleigh Fox / SPORTSFILE
A 'Conchita' competitor in action during the Flora Women's Mini Marathon 2014. Photo: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
Maureen Armstrong (89) from Drombane, Thurles, Co Tipperary at the start line for her 20th Flora Women’s Mini Marathon running for the Irish Cancer Society. Picture Andres Poveda
Maureen Armstrong (89) from Drombane, Thurlus, Co Tipperary at the start line for her 20th Flora Women’s Mini Marathon running for the Irish Cancer Society. Picture Andres Poveda
Make-A-Wish runners outside Buck Whaleys in Dublin. Photo: Paul Sherwood
Stephanie Bryan from Killiney, running in memory of her sister Hannah, dressed as Imelda May. Photo: Paul Sherwood
Larry Connolly, Nathan Burns, Eamonn Walsh dressing up for the day. Photo: Paul Sherwood
Aisling Orr from Cappawhite Co Tipperary, running for the Irish Kidney Association. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography.
Amelia Marley (18) from Donegal jumps for joy as Flora present Headstrong, the ‘Flora Taste Team Fundraising ‘ winner with a cheque for €1000 at the start of the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon. Pictured with Amelia is Flora Dietician Harriette Lynch, Flora Taste Team Cook Nessa Robins and Suzanne O’Hara Flora Marketing Manager. Photo: Andres Poveda
Adding to the sea of colour and happiness. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.
Eithne Kavanagh from Wicklow who ran for the Irish Kidney Association. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography.
Kate Gargan, Fionna Campbell, Karen McDaniel and Aisling Kinnity from Cavan (charity of choice the Irish Kidney Association) taking part in the The Flora Women's Mini Marathon. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography.
Mary Clark and her daughter Brookyln from Sligo, who ran for the Irish Kidney Association. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography.
Eilish Monaghan running for the Irish Kidney Association. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography.
In motion. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography.
Athletes make their way over Baggot Street Bridge during the early stages of the Flora Women's Mini Marathon 2014. Photo: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
Left to right, Julianne McGeown (running for Console), Aisling Orr (running for the Irish Kidney Association) and Michelle Curran (running for the ISPCC) taking part in the The Flora Women's Mini Marathon. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography.
Left to right, Denisa Dzulova, (running for the ISPCC) Aisling Orr (for the Irish Kidney Association) and Michelle Curran (for the ISPCC). Photo: Conor McCabe Photography.
Athletes make their way over Baggot Street Bridge . Photo: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
Athletes make their way over Baggot Street Bridge during the early stages of the Flora Women's Mini Marathon 2014. Photo: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
Athletes pass over Baggot Street Bridge. Photo: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
On Race Day a group of over 40 volunteers, led by Mayo based Chartered Physiotherapist Erica Bajar, provided post-race massages for participants at the finish line. Photo: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

Due to the works taking place on the Luas, the marathon kicked off from Baggot Street Lower and not the usual point at Merrion Square.

The Mini Marathon is the most important event in the charity calendar.

Last year the event raised €12m for over700 charities and it is on track to deliver similar amounts this year.

Conchita lookalike Donal O'Sullivan from Enniscorthy, Co Wexford donned a lurex cat suit to raise vital funds for cancer research in the memory of his uncle, Andy Monaghan, who passed away in February from liver cancer.

Andy had been given six weeks to live eight years previous and Donal's sister, Josephine O'Sullivan credited the work of the oncology ward in Wexford hospital for keeping him alive.

Running the mini marathon together, along with friend Lisa Anglin, they had raised €1,700 so far.

Running for the Irish Cancer Society, Sinead Gaffney from Kildare said it was her fourth year to take part in the Mini Marathon - but this time she was taking friend Emily Hurst, from Edenderry, Co Offaly, along for "moral support."

"We set a target back in January that we would run it in one hour and 20 minutes - but we've done no training so we might do it in an hour and a half," said Sinead.

"It's a good day for it and hopefully it won't rain," she added.

The first 10 past the line in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon 2014 in Dublin were:

Barbara Cleary, Co Clare: 34.07

Maria McCambridge, Dublin: 34.29

Catherina McKiernan, Co Cavan: 34.38

Sarah Mulligan, Dublin: 34.47

Teresa McGloin, Co Donegal: 34.50

Orla Drumm, Co Limerick: 35.12

Siobhan O’Doherty, Co Tipperary: 35.49

Fiona Roche, Dublin: 36.01

Fiona Clinton, Dublin: 36.43

Maria O’Sullivan, Dublin: 37.27

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