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Wednesday 19 June 2019

Women's Mini-Marathon: Making an impact - a dash with splash of colour on the streets

Sun shines on runners for 37th outing of the Women’s Mini Marathon

On the move: The field makes its way through the streets of
Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath
On the move: The field makes its way through the streets of Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath
Veteran: Maureen Armstrong (94) from Thurles, who was competing in her 25th Mini Marathon, has a laugh with Doireann, Clare and Aoibhin Garrihy at the start of the race. Photo: Gerry Mooney
2 June 2019; Emma Redmond, left, and Sinead Bowens celebrate after finishing the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Tine, left, and Leanne Hanafin, celebrate after finishing the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Emma Redmond, left, and Sinead Bowens celebrate after finishing the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; VHI ambassador Ailbhe Garrihy after the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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 Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Aishling Marmion from Greystones, Co. Wicklow, celebrates finishing the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; VHI ambassador Doireann Garrihy after the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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 Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; VHI ambassador Leanne Moore during the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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 Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Anna McGroady and Gretta O'Grady from Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, pictured with their medals in the Vhi Relax Arena after the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Visually impaired category winner Sinead Kane and running partner John O'Regan during the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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 Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Visually impaired category winner Sinead Kane and running partner John O'Regan during the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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 Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Visually impaired category winner Sinead Kane and running partner John O'Regan during the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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 Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Theresa Hanlon and Sinead Hutchinson from Blanchardstown, Co. Dublin, with their medals in the Vhi Relax Arena after the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Vhi Ambassador Leanne Moore celebrates after finishing the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Ewillina Blazke, left, with, Joana Dawice from Swords, Dublin using the dry shampoo provided outside the refresher rooms in the relaxation area following the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Charaisse Poland from Ballynahinch, Down and Carol McMenamin Dundrum Co Down in the relaxation area following the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Gillian Lawlor from Prosperus, Kildare and Stephanie Dunne from Prosperus, Kildare in the relaxation area following the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Olivia Costello, left, Virginia, Cavan and Debbie Kelly from Oldcastle, Meath after participating in the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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 Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Anke Bross from Celbridge, Kildare in the relaxation area following the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Grainne Keenan celebrates finishing the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Hannah O'Donoughe, Blackrock, Dublin, Emily McColum, Donneybrook, Dublin , Susie Delahunt, Dún Laoghaire, Anna Roopnarinesingh, Rathgar, Dublin, Aoife McCarton, Belfast in the relaxation area following the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Grainne Mulgrew from Newry, Down in the relaxation area following the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Sandra Kingston, left, from Swords, Dublin, Ruby McDermot, Coolock, Dublin and Sinead McDermot, Coolock, Dublin in the relaxation area following the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Shauna Bocquet from Galway, crosses the finish line to win the Wheelchair Category during 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Cathy Healy, left, with Jane McNaulty, celebrate finishing the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Dervla Hammil from Monamolin, Wexford and Ciara Doyle from Deansgrange, Dublin in the relaxation area following the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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. For further information please log on to www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Participants react to the Wall of Support in the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Catherina Mullen from Metro/St. Brigids A.C., first place in the Vhi Womens Mini Marathon following the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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 Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Mary Mulhare of Portlaoise A.C., Co. Laois, crosses the line to finish sixth in the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Aoibhe Richardson of Kilkenny City Harriers, Co. Kilkenny, celebrates winning the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Participants runs toward the Wall of Support in the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Participants in the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; A participant runs toward the Wall of Support in the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Catherina Mullen from Metro/St. Brigid’s A.C., second place in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon following the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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 Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Ciara Wilson crosses the line to finish fifth in the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Breege Connolly from City of Derry A.C. Spartans, third place in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon with Terri Carthy, board of DSD A.C., left and Orla O'Brien, Fulfill, following the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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 Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Siobhan O’Doherty from Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, crosses the line to finish fourth in the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Sinead Kane from Le Cheile A.C., Kildare, with John ODwyer, Chief Executive, Vhi Group, Terri Carthy, board of DSD A.C. winner of the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon, Visually Impaired Category, following the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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 Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Madeline Creedan, left, and her daughter Anna, aged 14, from Carbury, Co. Kildare, take a selfie before participating in the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Runners from Knockmany Running Club celebrate finishing the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Attendees celebrate finishing the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Cathy Healy, left, with Jane McNaulty, celebrate finishing the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Aoibhe Richardson, left, with her mother, Grace Richardson, centre and her sister, Niamh Richardson, right, from Kilkenny City Harriers celebrate finishing the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

Dublin's city centre was a sea of colour yesterday as 30,000 women took part in the VHI Women's Mini Marathon on a beautiful sunny afternoon.

Now in its 37th year, it's the largest female-only event of its kind in the world, and women came from every county in the country to take part in it.

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Starting from Fitzwilliam Place at 2pm, the entrants walked, jogged and ran the 10km course, with many using it as an opportunity to fundraise for charities.

First past the post yesterday was Kilkenny woman Aoibhe Richardson (22), who stormed home in just 34 minutes, 35 seconds, to loud cheers from onlookers.

"It was my first Mini Marathon. I have done a couple of 10ks on the track but never on the road so it was good experience. It was very different," she said.

Aoibhe, who is with Portland Athletics Club, said that she had only flown home on Wednesday night from the US, where she is in college, for the summer.

On the move: The field makes its way through the streets of
Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath
On the move: The field makes its way through the streets of Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath
Participants celebrate crossing the finish line. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Winning smile: Aoibhe Richardson celebrates coming in first place. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Meanwhile, the Garrihy sisterhood were also out in force. Sisters Aoibhin, Ailbhe and Doireann and mum Clare all togged out as ambassadors for the event.

Actress Aoibhin was the Mini Marathon debutante of the group, having missed out last year as she was heavily pregnant with her first child, Honorah.

"Last year I took on the role of head cheerleader for the girls because I was due Honorah a few weeks later, so I couldn't run it," she told the Irish Independent.

However, Aoibhin didn't let motherhood get in the way of training for the race, and took Honorah along for the ride.

Runners: Elaine O’Driscoll, Aherla, with Linda Hawes,Trish
Lyons and Oonagh Buckley, all Ballincollig. Photo: Jim Coughlan
Runners: Elaine O’Driscoll, Aherla, with Linda Hawes,Trish Lyons and Oonagh Buckley, all Ballincollig. Photo: Jim Coughlan
Winning smile: Aoibhe Richardson celebrates coming in first place. Photo: Gerry Mooney

"I just brought her with me. Every time, whether it's in the buggy or the sling, she's been my buddy," she said.

While some of the participants were running for the first time, many were veterans of the popular race, including Theresa Byrne (74), from Leixlip, who was marking her 29th year taking part in the Mini Marathon.

"I always try to encourage people, do not give up," she said. "Life is for living. You mightn't be well today, but tomorrow you can climb a mountain."

Not even having her arm in a sling after a trip nine weeks ago stopped Theresa. "You just put that behind you," she said.

Claudia Scanlon who is battling EB pictured with her Mum Liz pictured taking part in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, in Dublin.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath
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Claudia Scanlon who is battling EB pictured with her Mum Liz pictured taking part in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, in Dublin.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 2/6/19
Ladies pictured taking part in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, in Dublin.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 2/6/19
Ladies pictured taking part in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, in Dublin.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 2/6/19
Some of Mrs Brown’s Boy’s pictured taking part in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, in Dublin.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 2/6/19
Womens Mini Marathon 2019. Participants at start of the race. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Womens Mini Marathon 2019. Participants celebrate crossing the finish line.. Picture; Gerry Mooney
2 June 2019; VHI Ambassadors at the start of the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Ruth Barry, left with, Jacquline Kavanagh from Cherry Orchard in Dublin proir to the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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 Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; A general view of the start of the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Ewillina Blazke, left, with, Joana Dawice from Swords proir to the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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 Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Pictured is Aisling Brannigan, left, with, Clare Brannigan from Swords prior to the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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 Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Womens Mini Marathon 2019. Christopher Marsan celebrates crossing the finish line.. Picture; Gerry Mooney
2 June 2019; Pictured is Sophie O'Dawyer, left, with, Katrina Hayes from Tipperary prior to the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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 Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Gina Brennan from Kildare, left, with, Aibhinn Wilson from Cellbridge in Dublin prior to the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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 Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Runners of Raheny Shamrocks ahead of the start of the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
02/06/2019 Ellie Farrelly 7 from cellbridge & her great grandmother Maureen Armstrong 94 from thurles who is competing in her 25th marathon during the VHI Womens Mini Marathon in Dublins city centre Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
2 June 2019; Laura Kerley, left, with, Sive Brennan from Sligo, proir to the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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 Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Attendees at the start of the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Nikki Raymond, left, with, Carla Ruzé from Greenhills in Dublin proir to the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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 Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; Jennifer Devaney from Castleknock, left, with, Kay O'Rielly from Lucan ahead of the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Ewillina Blazke, left, with, Joana Dawice from Swords proir to the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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 Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
2 June 2019; VHI Ambassadors at the starting point of the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Attendees at the start of the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Caroline Smith, left, with, Anne Hughes from trim in Meath, ahead of the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; VHI Ambassadors at the starting point of the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; VHI Ambassadors at the starting point of the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; A general view of the start of the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Attendees at the start of the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Attendees at the start of the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; Attendees at the start of the 2019 Vhi Womens Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
Doreann Garrihy, Aibhe Garrihy,Clare Garrihy & Aoibheann Garrihy during the VHI Womens Mini Marathon in Dublins city centre Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
2 June 2019; A general view of the start of the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
2 June 2019; A general view of the start of the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
General scenes during the VHI Womens Mini Marathon in Dublins city centre Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
2 June 2019; VHI Ambassadors at the start of the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 30,000 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
Womens Mini Marathon 2019. Race winner Aoibhe Richardson who completed the course in 34 minutes 35 seconds.. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Womens Mini Marathon 2019. Christopher Marsan stands out from the crowd at start of the race. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Womens Mini Marathon 2019. 94 year old Maureen Armstrong from Thurles who was competing in her 25th mini marathon with her great-grand daughter Ellie Farrelly (7) at the start of the race. Picture; Gerry Mooney
02/06/2019 (back row l to r) Paula Naughten & Elaine Denby Allen (front row l to r) Sinead Gannon,Archie Naughten & Leigh denby moran who are running for Archie Naughten who has duchenne muscular dystrophy & our boys trust during the VHI Womens Mini Marathon in Dublins city centre Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Womens Mini Marathon 2019. Participants celebrate crossing the finish line.. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Womens Mini Marathon 2019. Participants celebrate crossing the finish line.. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Womens Mini Marathon 2019. Participants celebrate crossing the finish line.. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Womens Mini Marathon 2019. Race winner Aoibhe Richardson who completed the course in 34 minutes 35 seconds.. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Womens Mini Marathon 2019. Participants celebrate crossing the finish line.. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Womens Mini Marathon 2019. Participants at start of the race. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Womens Mini Marathon 2019. Participants at start of the race. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Womens Mini Marathon 2019. Race winner Aoibhe Richardson who completed the course in 34 minutes 35 seconds.. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Womens Mini Marathon 2019. Participants at start of the race. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Womens Mini Marathon 2019. Participants at start of the race. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Womens Mini Marathon 2019. Participants at start of the race. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Womens Mini Marathon 2019. Christopher Marsan stands out from the crowd at start of the race. Picture; Gerry Mooney
A shark novelty costume pictured during the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, in Dublin.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 2/6/19
Womens Mini Marathon 2019. Participants at start of the race. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Ladies pictured taking part in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, in Dublin.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 2/6/19
Womens Mini Marathon 2019. Participants at start of the race. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Womens Mini Marathon 2019. Participants at start of the race. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Participants celebrate crossing the finish line. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Runners pictured after the start of the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, in Dublin.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 2/6/19
Clare Garrihy pictured with her daughters, Doireann,Ailbhe and Aoibhín, before the start of the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, in Dublin.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 2/6/19

Many runners had deeply personal reasons for taking part. Some 17 members of one Dublin family came together to fundraise for the St Francis Hospice in memory of Deirdre Walsh (54) who died from lung cancer in February, after a diagnosis last October.

The group were delighted to have managed to raise around €5,000, and commended the care that the hospice in Blanchardstown had provided to Deirdre.

Her daughters Niamh (26) and Aoibheann (24), from Swords, were among those in the large family group taking part.

"Our mum was an Irish dancing teacher. She ran loads of marathons. She was multi-talented," said Niamh.

"We decided to do it for the hospice where she passed away because they were so good to us," said Aoibheann.

Meanwhile, a teenager with an incredibly painful skin-blistering condition completed her first Mini Marathon with help from friends.

Claudia Scanlon (15), from Terenure, has the severe form of the butterfly skin disease epidermyolysis bullosa, which leaves 80pc of her body covered in open wounds.

Wheelchair user Claudia and her mum Liz Collins took on the challenge with friends helping to push her wheelchair. Towards the end of the race, Claudia left her wheelchair to walk across the finish line with her mum Liz.

The theme of the event's campaign was 'Women with impact'.

Kathy Endersen, chief executive of Women's Mini Marathon, said that the women who took part yesterday embodied this theme, whether they were making an impact by raising funds for a cause close to their heart, or by achieving their personal fitness goals.

It was announced yesterday that title sponsor VHI has extended its partnership with the Women's Mini Marathon for a further two years, up to and including 2021.

This will take its sponsorship of the event to seven years.

Meanwhile, Fine Gael Senator Neale Richmond said he received "numerous complaints from commuters attempting to make their way to the city centre and home" after the race.

"Following the Mini Marathon, I was inundated with calls from angry constituents who had to battle with overcrowding and mass confusion to get into the city centre and then to take the Luas home," he said, adding Luas insisted on using a skeleton service.

A spokesperson for Transdev said: "The trams were busy, but there were extra trams in service.

"The Mini Marathon is always a great day full of great atmosphere. We were well prepared, and still are for the June bank holiday weekend.

"It is not true to say we had a skeleton staff on, and the public are always advised at times of any major public event that they need to allow extra time to travel to and from an event."

Irish Independent

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