Saturday 24 June 2017

Kathryn Thomas greeted by beau Padraig McLoughlin at the finish line of Mini Marathon

Kathryn Thomas
Kathryn Thomas
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

RTE stars Kathryn Thomas and Maeve Higgins were among the crowds of women who took part in this year's VHI Mini Marathon.

Fitness fanatic Kathryn ran the 10k race in 52 minutes.

Kathryn Thomas
Kathryn Thomas

The Carlow native took part to raise funds for the Irish Hospice Foundation.

Ready to greet the 36-year-old tv presenter at the finish line was her boyfriend Padraig McLoughlin.

Padraig McLoughlin was there to meet her
Padraig McLoughlin was there to meet her

The couple have been dating for over two years, and both share a keen interest in being fit, healthy and active.

Comedian Maeve Higgins, a VHI ambassador for the event found the going slow - but only because she was chatting along the way.

Date : Mon 1.6.15, The VHI Mini Marathon, Dublin, Ireland.
Pictured taking part today, start @ 2pm were
L to r; Kathryn Thomas, she ran in 52 mins. Padraig McLoughlin was there to meet her.
Pics : Mark Doyle 087-2837342, Dublin, Ireland.
Date : Mon 1.6.15, The VHI Mini Marathon, Dublin, Ireland. Pictured taking part today, start @ 2pm were L to r; Kathryn Thomas, she ran in 52 mins. Padraig McLoughlin was there to meet her. Pics : Mark Doyle 087-2837342, Dublin, Ireland.

A big fan of the event, she said the atmosphere was very positive and uplifting.

The only downside about an all-women's event was the inevitable queue for the toilets, Maeve said solemnly.

Maeve Higgins at the Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin
Maeve Higgins at the Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin

The funny woman completed the race in around two hours, preferring to talk to participants along the way rather than compete for the best time.

"I trained to run it but then I decided to walk it so I could chat to people ... I'm like the encouragement coach," she told the Herald.

"At least that's what I was telling myself as I was strolled around."

"It was tough because of the weather. It was really blustery but everyone was in such good form," she added.

"I thought because it was rainy and windy at the beginning that maybe people would drop out but the numbers were incredible.

"We are used to the weather anyway, so everyone was happy to laugh it off."

"I think it's probably harder if you are a spectator because you're standing around- you're not walking around."

Maeve had only stepped off a plane from the US on Sunday ahead of the race, which was won by Dubliner Maria McCambridge.

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