GALE force winds and heavy rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of around 30,000 women who took part in the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon yesterday.
Around brave women (and some men in drag) pounded the pavement in aid of a range of charities and good causes.
Overall winner Maria McCambridge was ecstatic to cross the finish line in a mere 34 minutes and two seconds.
The 39-year-old told the Herald that she had been seeking glory in the race since 1999, missing just a few races due to injury.
"I'm really happy - I've tried so many times to win it," she said.
"I just wanted to run a sensible race. It was really tough out, particularly in the first half the wind was really tough."
"I know I'm in good shape but you never know who is going to be on the start line with you," she added.
The Dubin woman was met at the finish line by her husband, Gary Crossan, who is also a runner.
Team Vhi-Herald member Karla Bohan, 34
"I'm delighted with how it all went, the first few kilometres were hard but once I got used to the crowd it was fine and I jogged most of it," said mum of two Karla.
"I beat my training record by 11 seconds and did it in one hour, 27 minutes and 49 seconds. The weather worked well for me as I would have found heat harder to be honest, I've enjoyed every bit of the experience."
Helena Goss (right), who also turned 40 yesterday, was determined to run the race and get fit when she joined Team Vhi-Herald last February and she managed to do both. "I don't know my exact time," she said when we caught up with her post-race "but it was around one hour 13 minutes.
"I'm soaked and wrecked but I did it. I'm so happy. It's been months of training but setting a really good example for my three kids and seeing them at the finish line has made it all worthwhile."
Meanwhile, for thousands of other participants crossing the finish line was an emotional moment as many were taking part to raise funds for charities close to their heart.
Among them were friends of the Glynn family.
Earlier this year little superhero Gavin Glynn (5) lost his battle with cancer after capturing the nation's heart during a public appeal for help to get treatment in the US.
Yesterday 110 women, including his mum Jayne, took part in the race for the Gavin Glynn foundation.
Jennifer Murray ran the race to contribute to the charity in memory of Lucas Reynolds who passed away in 2011 aged 11.
"I'm friends with his mum and we always do it for them. It's only when you are there yourself do you realise how much amazing work they do," she explained.
Also ruuning for Laura Lynn were mum and daughter Carol and Niamh Duffy from Swords who were among the many family teams to make it to the finish line.
Sisters Nikki and Laura Grovers joined forces with their cousin Gillian, who is a wheelchair user, to raise funds for Casa which provides disability support services.
It was Gillian's tenth time completing the race.
"It was a bit tougher with the rain this year," they said.