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It’s a kind of magic: why the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon is so special

Since the start gun was first fired in 1983, more than a million women have taken part in the Mini Marathon, raising €225m for good causes on the way. Some of this year’s participants tell Kirsty Blake Knox why the event is so special

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Niav McNamara

Niav McNamara

Mary Phelan

Mary Phelan

Emma-Jane Stoker-Phelan

Emma-Jane Stoker-Phelan

Roisin McConnell

Roisin McConnell

Marie Spriggs-Campion and her son Jake

Marie Spriggs-Campion and her son Jake

Karen Ward

Karen Ward

Trish Horgan

Trish Horgan

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Niav McNamara

In 1980 the starting pistol was fired at the inaugural Dublin Marathon. In 1983 – the same year Glenroe hit our TV screens and Bonnie Tyler’s power ballad Total Eclipse of the Heart topped the charts – Dublin Marathon founder Frank Slevin and other like-minded athletics enthusiasts put together a women-only event – the first Women’s Mini Marathon (WMM).

While organisers thought they’d only get a few hundred entries, they began to flood in once the event was announced.

Some 9,000 women lined up on the first start line in 1983, with numbers swelling every year since, peaking at a record attendance of 41,000 in 2014.

The ambition of the WMM was to encourage women to give running a go. As it transpired, it didn’t simply give these women an excuse to partake in the latest fitness trend or provide them with an endorphin high. For many Irish women and mammies, it gave them a sense of freedom.

“It was just electric. When we got to the finishing line all the husbands were there with the prams and the babies and the women running into the Shelbourne Hotel to use the loo,” mother-of-four Trish Horgan recalled.

Along with a handful of other ladies, Trish (71) has participated in the event every year since its inception.

“It made me realise that anything is achievable. It doesn’t matter if you walk or if you run,” she said.

To date over a million women have run, jogged, skipped and ambled their way along the 10km route – raising €225m along the way for charities.

And yesterday, after a two-year Covid-related hiatus, the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon returned to Dublin’s city centre. For many, crowding back on to the streets was a highly emotional experience, with some of this year’s participants describing it as “euphoric”, “pure magic”, “cathartic”, and a “personal Everest”.

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Runners pictured at the start of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo; Damien Eagers

Runners pictured at the start of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo; Damien Eagers

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Aoife Kilgallon, from Sligo Athletics Club wins the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Aoife Kilgallon, from Sligo Athletics Club wins the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

The 'Class of '83 - who were all running in their 40th Mini Marathon.
Photo: Owen Breslin

The 'Class of '83 - who were all running in their 40th Mini Marathon. Photo: Owen Breslin

Roz Purcell and Amy Connolly at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Roz Purcell and Amy Connolly at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

 Runners pictured at the start of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners pictured at the start of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo: Damien Eagers

 Aoife Kilgallon, from Sligo Athletics Club celebrates after winning the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Aoife Kilgallon, from Sligo Athletics Club celebrates after winning the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Shauna Bocquet of Craughwell ac, Galway, crossing the finish line in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. Picture: Arthur Carron

Shauna Bocquet of Craughwell ac, Galway, crossing the finish line in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. Picture: Arthur Carron

Friends and relatives running in memory of Grace Kelly, Clare Hall, at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Friends and relatives running in memory of Grace Kelly, Clare Hall, at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Runners pictured at the start of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners pictured at the start of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo: Damien Eagers

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Andreia Rodrigues Teixeira, Brazil, at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Andreia Rodrigues Teixeira, Brazil, at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Bronagh Page, left and Sarah Behan, from Sutton, Dublin embrace as they cross the finishing line in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Bronagh Page, left and Sarah Behan, from Sutton, Dublin embrace as they cross the finishing line in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Kym McGrath from Trim leads a cheer at the start line of the Women's Mini Marathon running to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society just one of the many charities that will benifit from the money raised by 20,000 strong crowd. Picture Andres Poveda

Kym McGrath from Trim leads a cheer at the start line of the Women's Mini Marathon running to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society just one of the many charities that will benifit from the money raised by 20,000 strong crowd. Picture Andres Poveda

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Theresa Kane, Amanda McNearney and Orla Lawlor, Longford, at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Theresa Kane, Amanda McNearney and Orla Lawlor, Longford, at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Sarah Jane Kinsella. Suzanna O'Callaghan, Tara Darcy, Susan Jones and Sharon Tighe from Tallaght AC Mini Marathon 2022
Photo: Owen Breslin

Sarah Jane Kinsella. Suzanna O'Callaghan, Tara Darcy, Susan Jones and Sharon Tighe from Tallaght AC Mini Marathon 2022 Photo: Owen Breslin

Adrienne Whelan, Carol Hayes, Enda Leonard Jayne Durrad, Cathy Curley and Frances Byrne from Lucan Mini Marathon 2022
Photo: Owen Breslin

Adrienne Whelan, Carol Hayes, Enda Leonard Jayne Durrad, Cathy Curley and Frances Byrne from Lucan Mini Marathon 2022 Photo: Owen Breslin

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo: Damien Eagers

Florian Kannengeisser, left and Leonie Esser, from Germany pictured with their medals after finishing the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo:Damien Eagers

Florian Kannengeisser, left and Leonie Esser, from Germany pictured with their medals after finishing the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo:Damien Eagers

5 June 2022; A general view of runners on the start line before the 2022 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

5 June 2022; A general view of runners on the start line before the 2022 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

5 June 2022; Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

5 June 2022; Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

5 June 2022; Annette Taaffe participating in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

5 June 2022; Annette Taaffe participating in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Members of Letterkenny ac after participating in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Members of Letterkenny ac after participating in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Third place íde Nic Dhomhnaill with Declan Ryan, chairperson of VHI Women’s Mini-Marathon and Cormac Bourke of the Irish Independent after the 2022 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Third place íde Nic Dhomhnaill with Declan Ryan, chairperson of VHI Women’s Mini-Marathon and Cormac Bourke of the Irish Independent after the 2022 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Prize presentation at 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Prize presentation at 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Wheelchair winner Shauna Bocquet of Craughwell ac, Galway, after the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Wheelchair winner Shauna Bocquet of Craughwell ac, Galway, after the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Olivia Lowe from Dublin passing the Vhi motivation station in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Olivia Lowe from Dublin passing the Vhi motivation station in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Niamh Walsh from Dublin passing the Vhi motivation station in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Niamh Walsh from Dublin passing the Vhi motivation station in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Jacqueline O'Brien from Dublin passing the Vhi motivation station in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Jacqueline O'Brien from Dublin passing the Vhi motivation station in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

5 June 2022; First place Aoife Kilgallon from Sligo with race director Amy Burke and Terri McCarthy Board Member of DSD AC after the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

5 June 2022; First place Aoife Kilgallon from Sligo with race director Amy Burke and Terri McCarthy Board Member of DSD AC after the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Karen Mulrooney from Sligo celebrates crossing the finish line in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Karen Mulrooney from Sligo celebrates crossing the finish line in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Sisters Íde and Saoirse Nic Dhomhnaill, from Dublin, who finished third and second, respectively after the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Sisters Íde and Saoirse Nic Dhomhnaill, from Dublin, who finished third and second, respectively after the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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Runners pictured at the start of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo; Damien Eagers

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The Mini Marathon has always been less about physical prowess, celebrity participants or smashing personal best times. Instead, the focus is on the amateur runners and joggers passing over the finishing line, and their backstories.

In the run-up to the event, as media partners the Irish Independent had the privilege of talking to some of the women taking part.

“I am walking the marathon, definitely not running it – I would need a week in bed if I did that,” says mum-of-four Niav McNamara, who suffered a mini-stroke last year. “This is my Everest. I am so excited about getting across the finishing line. I will feel ten-foot-tall coming home.”

Everyone running in the Mini Marathon is doing so for a reason. To increase their fitness, to keep the memory of a loved one alive, as tangible evidence that an illness can’t hold them back, or to raise vital funds for a charity. For many of the participants, running is both emotionally and physically demanding.

In Catriona Menzies-Pike’s book The Long Run: A Memoir of Loss and Life in Motion, she writes that the impulse to run can often be driven by “the desire to shed one’s skin and step into another”.

At times, it can be restorative; the rhythmic sound of footsteps hitting pavement slabs can act as a salve. Becoming a dependable and familiar meter to calm the mind. This was the case for participant Mary Phelan. In the years after her husband Willie was diagnosed with MS, she began to run.

“Getting that diagnosis as a young family –the children were under three – your world does change. You just hear ‘wheelchair, job is gone’. At the time it was huge. [Running] is quiet time just for me,” she said. “I can put everything else to one side and put on my runners and I just enjoy that quiet, special time.”

Musician Emma-Jane Stoker-Phelan also found running essential for positive mental health. In 2017, Emma-Jane was admitted to St Patrick’s hospital for a five-month period as she was suffering with severe anorexia nervosa. When she was discharged, she started regular runs. Lacing up her trainers gives her a sense of structure, and a feeling of achievement.

“It is a big driver to stay well,” she said. “[It keeps me] motivated in fuelling my body…these little glimmers bring you what you need… It’s not always the big things, it’s the small goals that keep you on the road to recovery.”

For others, the Mini Marathon is empowering – a tangible act showing how far they have come.

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Runners pictured at the start of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo; Damien Eagers

Runners pictured at the start of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo; Damien Eagers

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Aoife Kilgallon, from Sligo Athletics Club wins the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Aoife Kilgallon, from Sligo Athletics Club wins the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

The 'Class of '83 - who were all running in their 40th Mini Marathon.
Photo: Owen Breslin

The 'Class of '83 - who were all running in their 40th Mini Marathon. Photo: Owen Breslin

Roz Purcell and Amy Connolly at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Roz Purcell and Amy Connolly at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

 Runners pictured at the start of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners pictured at the start of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo: Damien Eagers

 Aoife Kilgallon, from Sligo Athletics Club celebrates after winning the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Aoife Kilgallon, from Sligo Athletics Club celebrates after winning the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Shauna Bocquet of Craughwell ac, Galway, crossing the finish line in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. Picture: Arthur Carron

Shauna Bocquet of Craughwell ac, Galway, crossing the finish line in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. Picture: Arthur Carron

Friends and relatives running in memory of Grace Kelly, Clare Hall, at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Friends and relatives running in memory of Grace Kelly, Clare Hall, at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Runners pictured at the start of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners pictured at the start of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo: Damien Eagers

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Andreia Rodrigues Teixeira, Brazil, at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Andreia Rodrigues Teixeira, Brazil, at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Bronagh Page, left and Sarah Behan, from Sutton, Dublin embrace as they cross the finishing line in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Bronagh Page, left and Sarah Behan, from Sutton, Dublin embrace as they cross the finishing line in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Kym McGrath from Trim leads a cheer at the start line of the Women's Mini Marathon running to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society just one of the many charities that will benifit from the money raised by 20,000 strong crowd. Picture Andres Poveda

Kym McGrath from Trim leads a cheer at the start line of the Women's Mini Marathon running to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society just one of the many charities that will benifit from the money raised by 20,000 strong crowd. Picture Andres Poveda

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Theresa Kane, Amanda McNearney and Orla Lawlor, Longford, at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Theresa Kane, Amanda McNearney and Orla Lawlor, Longford, at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Sarah Jane Kinsella. Suzanna O'Callaghan, Tara Darcy, Susan Jones and Sharon Tighe from Tallaght AC Mini Marathon 2022
Photo: Owen Breslin

Sarah Jane Kinsella. Suzanna O'Callaghan, Tara Darcy, Susan Jones and Sharon Tighe from Tallaght AC Mini Marathon 2022 Photo: Owen Breslin

Adrienne Whelan, Carol Hayes, Enda Leonard Jayne Durrad, Cathy Curley and Frances Byrne from Lucan Mini Marathon 2022
Photo: Owen Breslin

Adrienne Whelan, Carol Hayes, Enda Leonard Jayne Durrad, Cathy Curley and Frances Byrne from Lucan Mini Marathon 2022 Photo: Owen Breslin

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo: Damien Eagers

Florian Kannengeisser, left and Leonie Esser, from Germany pictured with their medals after finishing the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo:Damien Eagers

Florian Kannengeisser, left and Leonie Esser, from Germany pictured with their medals after finishing the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo:Damien Eagers

5 June 2022; A general view of runners on the start line before the 2022 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

5 June 2022; A general view of runners on the start line before the 2022 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

5 June 2022; Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

5 June 2022; Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

5 June 2022; Annette Taaffe participating in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

5 June 2022; Annette Taaffe participating in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Members of Letterkenny ac after participating in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Members of Letterkenny ac after participating in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Third place íde Nic Dhomhnaill with Declan Ryan, chairperson of VHI Women’s Mini-Marathon and Cormac Bourke of the Irish Independent after the 2022 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Third place íde Nic Dhomhnaill with Declan Ryan, chairperson of VHI Women’s Mini-Marathon and Cormac Bourke of the Irish Independent after the 2022 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Prize presentation at 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Prize presentation at 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Wheelchair winner Shauna Bocquet of Craughwell ac, Galway, after the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Wheelchair winner Shauna Bocquet of Craughwell ac, Galway, after the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Olivia Lowe from Dublin passing the Vhi motivation station in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Olivia Lowe from Dublin passing the Vhi motivation station in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Niamh Walsh from Dublin passing the Vhi motivation station in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Niamh Walsh from Dublin passing the Vhi motivation station in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Jacqueline O'Brien from Dublin passing the Vhi motivation station in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Jacqueline O'Brien from Dublin passing the Vhi motivation station in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

5 June 2022; First place Aoife Kilgallon from Sligo with race director Amy Burke and Terri McCarthy Board Member of DSD AC after the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

5 June 2022; First place Aoife Kilgallon from Sligo with race director Amy Burke and Terri McCarthy Board Member of DSD AC after the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Karen Mulrooney from Sligo celebrates crossing the finish line in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Karen Mulrooney from Sligo celebrates crossing the finish line in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Sisters Íde and Saoirse Nic Dhomhnaill, from Dublin, who finished third and second, respectively after the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Sisters Íde and Saoirse Nic Dhomhnaill, from Dublin, who finished third and second, respectively after the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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Runners pictured at the start of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo; Damien Eagers

Roisin McConnell was born with genetic condition neurofibromatosis (NF) and a tumour in her brain. She had to undergo multiple surgeries as a child and lost one of her legs, and her eye. Her parents were told by medical professionals it was unlikely she would live beyond her sixth birthday. She is now approaching her 53rd birthday.

“I just love the build-up and soaking up the atmosphere and just crossing that finishing line and getting my medal – it gives me a great lift. It’s like a challenge for me, that I can do it with my disability,” she said.

Yesterday was Karen Ward’s 13th Mini Marathon. The mum of two underwent open heart surgery in 2018 after going for a routine check-up and says competing in the 2019 Mini Marathon was a profound experience.

“It was emotional because I was back doing the things I had done before the surgery. It was a test for myself that I could do it,” she said.

Despite the seriousness behind many of the decisions to sign up, there is such a sense of fun about the event. The starting line has been described as ‘a rainbow of positivity and joy’ complete with water bottles, blister plasters and isotonic gels.

Lining the streets are cheering friends and families, there are firemen dousing runners with water hoses, impromptu singsongs, novelty costumes (one year a man ran it in a latex catsuit – not advisable) and in 2017 there was even a proposal at the finish line.

Maybe the jubilant atmosphere is not that surprising, given the months of wet and wintry training sessions. When June rolls in, participants have their fingers crossed for a day out in the sunshine.

“There is a real sense of community, even if you run on your own. And each year you lace up your runners, the crowd becomes more familiar,” Emma-Jane said.

The theme this year was #MakingWomenMagic and many former participants cite the atmosphere and the support of fellow female runners as the reasons they chose to sign up again and again.

“The day in Dublin is always magical. It is emotional and there is such a sense of achievement running beside everyone else,” said Marie Spriggs-Campion.

Marie started taking part in the event to raise awareness for Our New Ears, a charity for children in need of cochlear implants. Her son Jake was born profoundly deaf, and her family benefited hugely from the charity. Yesterday was her sixth Mini Marathon.

“When you come to the finish line, you think ‘I did it’. That is such a great feeling,” she said.

Karen Ward agrees that a sense of sisterhood, community and goodwill makes the Mini Marathon unlike any other run.

“When you see all the T-shirts from charities, or with pictures printed on them – there are charities for women’s refuges, there are charities for children who are sick – everyone is there for somebody,” she said. “On the starting line, everyone has a story to tell. There is a sense of community. It is the nicest run I have ever done.”

In pictures: Vhi Women's Mini Marathon 2022 Close

Runners pictured at the start of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo; Damien Eagers

Runners pictured at the start of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo; Damien Eagers

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Aoife Kilgallon, from Sligo Athletics Club wins the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Aoife Kilgallon, from Sligo Athletics Club wins the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

The 'Class of '83 - who were all running in their 40th Mini Marathon.
Photo: Owen Breslin

The 'Class of '83 - who were all running in their 40th Mini Marathon. Photo: Owen Breslin

Roz Purcell and Amy Connolly at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Roz Purcell and Amy Connolly at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

 Runners pictured at the start of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners pictured at the start of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo: Damien Eagers

 Aoife Kilgallon, from Sligo Athletics Club celebrates after winning the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Aoife Kilgallon, from Sligo Athletics Club celebrates after winning the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Shauna Bocquet of Craughwell ac, Galway, crossing the finish line in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. Picture: Arthur Carron

Shauna Bocquet of Craughwell ac, Galway, crossing the finish line in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. Picture: Arthur Carron

Friends and relatives running in memory of Grace Kelly, Clare Hall, at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Friends and relatives running in memory of Grace Kelly, Clare Hall, at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Runners pictured at the start of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners pictured at the start of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo: Damien Eagers

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Andreia Rodrigues Teixeira, Brazil, at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Andreia Rodrigues Teixeira, Brazil, at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Bronagh Page, left and Sarah Behan, from Sutton, Dublin embrace as they cross the finishing line in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Bronagh Page, left and Sarah Behan, from Sutton, Dublin embrace as they cross the finishing line in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Kym McGrath from Trim leads a cheer at the start line of the Women's Mini Marathon running to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society just one of the many charities that will benifit from the money raised by 20,000 strong crowd. Picture Andres Poveda

Kym McGrath from Trim leads a cheer at the start line of the Women's Mini Marathon running to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society just one of the many charities that will benifit from the money raised by 20,000 strong crowd. Picture Andres Poveda

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Theresa Kane, Amanda McNearney and Orla Lawlor, Longford, at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Theresa Kane, Amanda McNearney and Orla Lawlor, Longford, at the VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

Sarah Jane Kinsella. Suzanna O'Callaghan, Tara Darcy, Susan Jones and Sharon Tighe from Tallaght AC Mini Marathon 2022
Photo: Owen Breslin

Sarah Jane Kinsella. Suzanna O'Callaghan, Tara Darcy, Susan Jones and Sharon Tighe from Tallaght AC Mini Marathon 2022 Photo: Owen Breslin

Adrienne Whelan, Carol Hayes, Enda Leonard Jayne Durrad, Cathy Curley and Frances Byrne from Lucan Mini Marathon 2022
Photo: Owen Breslin

Adrienne Whelan, Carol Hayes, Enda Leonard Jayne Durrad, Cathy Curley and Frances Byrne from Lucan Mini Marathon 2022 Photo: Owen Breslin

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo: Damien Eagers

Runners start the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo: Damien Eagers

Florian Kannengeisser, left and Leonie Esser, from Germany pictured with their medals after finishing the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo:Damien Eagers

Florian Kannengeisser, left and Leonie Esser, from Germany pictured with their medals after finishing the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today. Photo:Damien Eagers

5 June 2022; A general view of runners on the start line before the 2022 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

5 June 2022; A general view of runners on the start line before the 2022 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

The VHI Womens Mini Marathon which took place in Dublin City. Picture: Arthur Carron

5 June 2022; Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

5 June 2022; Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

5 June 2022; Annette Taaffe participating in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

5 June 2022; Annette Taaffe participating in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Members of Letterkenny ac after participating in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Members of Letterkenny ac after participating in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Third place íde Nic Dhomhnaill with Declan Ryan, chairperson of VHI Women’s Mini-Marathon and Cormac Bourke of the Irish Independent after the 2022 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Third place íde Nic Dhomhnaill with Declan Ryan, chairperson of VHI Women’s Mini-Marathon and Cormac Bourke of the Irish Independent after the 2022 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Prize presentation at 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Prize presentation at 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Wheelchair winner Shauna Bocquet of Craughwell ac, Galway, after the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Wheelchair winner Shauna Bocquet of Craughwell ac, Galway, after the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Olivia Lowe from Dublin passing the Vhi motivation station in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Olivia Lowe from Dublin passing the Vhi motivation station in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Niamh Walsh from Dublin passing the Vhi motivation station in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Niamh Walsh from Dublin passing the Vhi motivation station in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Jacqueline O'Brien from Dublin passing the Vhi motivation station in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Jacqueline O'Brien from Dublin passing the Vhi motivation station in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

5 June 2022; First place Aoife Kilgallon from Sligo with race director Amy Burke and Terri McCarthy Board Member of DSD AC after the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

5 June 2022; First place Aoife Kilgallon from Sligo with race director Amy Burke and Terri McCarthy Board Member of DSD AC after the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Karen Mulrooney from Sligo celebrates crossing the finish line in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Karen Mulrooney from Sligo celebrates crossing the finish line in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Sisters Íde and Saoirse Nic Dhomhnaill, from Dublin, who finished third and second, respectively after the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Sisters Íde and Saoirse Nic Dhomhnaill, from Dublin, who finished third and second, respectively after the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Participants in the 2022 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin. 20,000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Dublin to run, walk and jog the 10km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country. www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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Runners pictured at the start of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. Photo; Damien Eagers



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