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Charities win big as 40,000 hit streets

More than 40,000 fundraisers are today pounding the streets of Dublin in the Flora Women's Mini Marathon.

Organisers of the biggest all-women's event of its kind in the world said charities would be the big winners.

Participants raised more than €14m last year, bringing the estimated total donated since the race started in 1983 close to €100m. Women of all ages are walking, jogging and running the 10km circuit, starting at Merrion Square at 3pm.

Kathryn Thomas, Rosanna Davison, Maura Derrane, TV weather girl Anna Daly and top model Ruth O'Neill are among the many personalities, including politicians, broadcasters and journalists, thronging the city for charity.

Met Eireann said there would be a dry start in Dublin, but has warned cloud and rain would spread from the south-west during the morning and the afternoon.

Motorists are warned to expect road closures and delays around the route, which goes along Mount Street Lower, past the RDS, out to Merrion Road and up Nutley Lane to Donnybrook Road before weaving back towards St Stephen's Green.

RESULTS -- The full list of all chipped runners and their finishing times will be published in tomorrow's Herald. Pictures from the event will also be featured in the Herald and on www.herald.ie