Why I run the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon
From elite runners to enthusiastic walkers, the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon is a forum for women to improve their health and wellbeing, as well as raise vital funds for causes close to the heart. Meet some of those taking part in this year's event
Lauren Burke (27) from Galway:
"I will be running alongside my mum and my sister"
Lauren Burke from Barna in Galway, works in PR and has taken part in the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon twice before; jogging the first year and running last year's event. "I will generally start my training at the beginning of March each year and I will build up the intensity as I go," Lauren explains. "I start with 3km runs and then build every two or three weeks, eventually reaching the 10km. I stay in the gym when the weather is cold, but I will be getting out on the roads soon."
Lauren has always been a fan of keeping fit. However, running has taken centre stage in more recent years.
"My mother is big into running. She has done three marathons and runs about 10 miles a week so when she challenged me to do the Women's Mini Marathon, I couldn't really refuse as I have a very competitive spirit.
"I will be running alongside my mum and my sister again this year and there is an element of healthy competition," Lauren laughs. "We want to beat our own times for last year and we want to beat each other."