The poor weather conditions didn't dampen the high spirts in the capital today as more than 37,000 runners and walkers hit the streets of Dublin for the VHI women's mini-marathon.
The city centre was awash with runners, walkers and supporters raising money for a wide range of charitable causes.
The predicted wind and rain made unwelcome appearances but it failed to dampen the party atmosphere generated by all in attendance.
The race was won by Maria McCambridge in a time of 34.03mins. Ann-Marie Glynn was second across the finish line in 34.42 and Catherina McKiernan secured third place in 34.46. Sinéad Kane won the Visually Impaired Category in a time of 45.45.
“More than 1,000 volunteers and stewards are involved in making this event so successful and I would like to thank them for their time and commitment," Women’s Mini Marathon, Kathy Endersen Deputy CEO said.
Work for the mini marathon starts in early September with a dedicated team who make sure all participants have a great experience every year. From 12 noon Merrion Square was a hive of activity as Nissan Courtesy cars collected and dropped off participants from nearby train stations. Just as Ruth Scott finished ‘Molly Malone’ a roar went up and the runners crossed the start line followed by joggers and walkers.
Participants were entertained and encouraged en route by a selection of bands, DJ’s and drummers. A variety of songs submitted by participants prior to Mini Marathon Day filled the air as runners, joggers and walkers passed by.
The event, which is one of the world’s largest all-female events of its kind, is one of the Ireland’s largest fund-raising activities of the year with participants raising much-needed funds for hundreds of causes around the country.
A full listing of the results will be published in a special supplement in The Herald on Tuesday, June 2nd. This supplement will also contain a host of photographs from the 2015 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon.