Sunday 25 February 2018

Brave Lavinia in the medals

Lavinia McCarron is awarded the Lord Mayor’s Medal by Dublin Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn
Lavinia McCarron is awarded the Lord Mayor’s Medal by Dublin Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

MARATHON Monday always induces plenty of fears and tears, but they were tears of delight from Lavinia McCarron's five female running buddies when they watched her receive the 'Lord Mayor's Medal' before yesterday's race start.

The inspirational Carlow woman only took up running after being diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago.

Cheered on by her husband Trevor and sons Adam (10) and Ben (8), she completed her first marathon yesterday two years exactly after life-saving surgery.

"After my operation, I decided I was going to start doing the things that I always wanted to do," she explained.

"Last year I got through a half-marathon and next up was a marathon."

And proving, yet again, that Ireland really is a ridiculously small country, she and Dublin mayor Oisin Quinn discovered they had a common acquaintance.

"Apparently he played football with my husband, in Pegasus and UCD. Would you believe it!" she laughed.

Irish Independent

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