Wednesday 17 January 2018

Celebrity entrants put best foot forward

Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

CAMERA-ready with immaculate make-up and blow-dries, the celebrity runners were just as nervous as any other women in the crowd as they faced a gruelling course in high temperatures.

Gerry Ryan's widow Morah was hoping to beat last year's time when she completed the mini marathon in just under an hour.

The glamorous mother of five had been training three times a week for the event, she revealed.

"I've been running for two years now and I haven't stopped since," she beamed.

She was running under the banner of ChildVision – the national educational centre for blind children in Drumcondra.

"It's such a good cause," she said, explaining that she became involved because her cousin is the vice-principal of the school.

"It's such a great day and the fact that everybody runs for a really good cause makes it extra special," she said.

Daniella Moyles was running in aid of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). The model and TV presenter said she was proud to have been asked to become an ambassador for CRY earlier this year.

"It is a fantastic charity, which funds an amazing service out in Tallaght Hospital," she explained.

Former Miss World Rosanna Davison crossed the finish line at 52 minutes, exhausted and hot but ecstatic.

"It was very hot, but I did it for the ISPCA, which is a great cause," she said.

Earlier, limbering up in St Stephen's Green, she told how this was her eighth year of taking part in the event for the animal charity.

"It's a fantastic event," she said. "There's a really supportive atmosphere and it's not madly competitive because everybody is all doing it for a good cause. There's just such a great feeling of camaraderie and sisterhood."

Irish Independent

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