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We are all in this together

THE Kingswood Height Meet & Train group, which is located in Tallaght, South Co Dublin, was set up back in 1992. I had lost a lot of weight through diet control and exercise, and walking was a major part of this. I trained as a fitness walking leader and decided to set up a Meet & Train group in my area.

We currently have 25 members, aged from 22 to 66.

The majority of the ladies have been training with the group since it started back in 1992, but each year, when the Flora Women's Mini Marathon launches, new members join up to get fit to for the race.

The group has been going from strength to strength each year and I hope to continue for as long as I can myself.

As well as the Flora Women's Mini Marathon in June, my own personal challenges for 2013 are to complete a half-marathon on the August Bank Holiday and, in late September, to complete a 100km charity walking challenge in Cape Cod, Boston.

The marathon is definitely a very important date on the calendar for the group each year. It has now become a wonderful day for ladies all over Ireland to take to the streets of Dublin for so many good causes.

Everyone who takes part in the event is a winner, just completing the 10k on the day and, most importantly, raising vital funds for their chosen charity.



There are a lot of benefits to signing up to a group like Kingswood Meet & Train. I think the best benefits a training group can offer is PMS, of a different kind.

These are the Physical, Mental and Social benefits of joining a group. Besides getting fit and healthy, great friendships are also made when you're part of a group like this.

There is also a safety aspect as well; some women don't like to walk alone and find safety in training with other people. About 20 of the Kingswood Height group have registered for this year's Flora Women's Mini Marathon and training is really going well. The group will use the upcoming race series run by South Dublin County Council in May as training, to make sure we're all in great shape for the big day.