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A few years ago, Friends of the Elderly started the search for the oldest woman to take part in the Flora Women's Mini Marathon.

Starting with 74-year-old orienteer Jean Mullen, the names came flooding in, most of them over 70 and all of them active, fit and enjoying their lives.

"We even had a 73-year-old woman flying in from Paris to take part in the race," says Dermot Kirwan of Friends of the Elderly. In the end, Maureen Armstrong from Thurles, aged 84 years young, turned out to be the queen of the lot.

Last year, Maureen completed her 15th women's mini marathon and we hope we'll see here on the start line again this year.

The story gets better. In 2005, Maureen with her daughter, Martina Armstrong Heffernan, and granddaughter, Grainne Heffernan, completed the Dublin Marathon -- all 26.2 miles of it.


She truly is a model for women of all ages.

So are there any other mini marathon women who are 80 or over out there? Are there grandmothers, mothers and daughters planning to complete the mini marathon together?

If so, Friends of the Elderly would like to know.

"We know that three generations of women have taken part in the mini marathon and the full marathon," explains Dermot.

"But is there any family out there with four generations?"

Alternatively, is there a family of sisters, nieces and assorted grandchildren out there?

If you are that family, contact Dermot Kirwan of Friends of the Elderly at 01-8731855. He may even rustle up a prize or two!