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Sunday 18 November 2018

Joan completes another mini marathon in the sun

Ann Quinn (left) with Sheila Merne, Angela McLoughlin, Margaret McBride, Trisha Horgan, Joan Brady and Rosemary Halpin, Veterans of the Womens Mini Marathon pictured at the 2018 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon.
Ann Quinn (left) with Sheila Merne, Angela McLoughlin, Margaret McBride, Trisha Horgan, Joan Brady and Rosemary Halpin, Veterans of the Womens Mini Marathon pictured at the 2018 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon.

Dundalk 'super-gran' Joan Brady laced up her walking shoes once again to take part in her 36th VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin city centre on Sunday.

Joan, who has taken part in the event every year since it began in 1983, celebrated with other mini marathon veterans Ann Quinn, Sheila Merne, Angela McLoughlin, Margaret McBride, Trisha Horgan and Rosemary Halpin.

The ladies were among 30,000 who set off under the baking sunshine for the charity event, which is now the largest female only event of its kind in the world.

'It was an absolutely incredible day,' Joan told the Argus. 'I think it was possibly the best ever, the weather just made it so special.'

She added that although the heat which had built up did lead to a lot of runners and walkers having to slow down a little, there was plenty of support from local people with an extra number of water stations along the route. 'People were so good, putting out tables in their front gardens with drinks for all the ladies passing.'

Joan led forty women from the Dundalk Joggers and Walkers group at the event.

'Dundalk has the unique role of having the largest contingent of participants outside of Dublin, which is really something to be celebrated,' said Joan. 'The event is great fun, but it is also a very personal one for everyone who takes part, as they choose which charity they want to support, it could be for a reason that really means something to them,' added Joan.

She paid tribute to a number of the Dundalk women who competed to complete the mini marathon in record time, including Rebecca McGuinness who was the fastest local woman to finish.

The Dundalk group fundraised for the North Louth Hospice.

The Argus

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