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Celebrating the heroes of the Mini Marathon

Over the coming months in this column Flora will help you prepare for the big day with lots of tips on nutrition and lifestyle.

This year they would like to celebrate you, the heroes of the Flora Women's Mini Marathon, and so have launched the 'Flora Heart Heroes' campaign.

Flora Heart Heroes will celebrate the inspiring efforts of the women who participate in the event each year and Flora want you to share your individual stories at www.floraheartheroes.com.

The person with the most inspirational story will receive €1,000 for their preferred charity; two runners-up will receive €500 each for their chosen charities.

In the meantime, our first tip to get your Flora Women's Mini Marathon preparation under way is to:

Know your Heart Age

You are only as old as your heart and so the first step is find out your heart age by logging on to www.floraheartage.com and answering a few simple health questions. Flora's Heart Age Tool is an online device designed to calculate how old/young a person's heart is compared to their actual age. Once you know your heart age, you will also be given a FREE Heart Health Plan to get you on your way to a healthy heart.