Two-time runner up finally claims mini-marathon prize
A TWO time runner up went one better today and captured the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon.
Up to 40,000 women filled the streets for the annual race, but it was Siobhan O’Doherty from Tipperary who was first over the line.
The 28-year-old was overwhelmed to claim victory with an impressive time of 34.20 after finishing runner-up in 2010 and 2011.
"I am delighted, it was hot but I felt really good at 7km so I just went for it,” Siobhan told the Herald.
Siobhan had an emotional reunion with her mother Agnes following the race who said she was very proud of her daughter.
The race did not kick off until 2pm but participants filled the city centre from 11am onwards as coloured t-shirts from more than 700 different charities were worn.
The race began with a customary rendition of Molly Malone and the sun shone throughout with some admitting they struggled in the heat.
"It was very hot, but I did it for the ISPCA which is a great cause," said former Miss World Rosanna Davison who crossed the line on 52 minutes.
Over €12m is expected to be raised for charity one this year.
“We find that some women, especially older women, are intimidated by other marathons so this is a fun girly day out," said spokesperson Caitriona Ryan.
"We try to eliminate the men and make it the biggest women only event in the World.”