Thursday 18 January 2018

Two-time runner up finally claims mini-marathon prize

Rosanna Davidson celebrates after completing the Flora Women's Mini Marathon 2013 Photo: Caroline Quinn
Rosanna Davidson celebrates after completing the Flora Women's Mini Marathon 2013 Photo: Caroline Quinn
Suzanne Martin from Glenageary taking part on team Irish Cancer Society. Photo: Andres Poveda
General view of race finishers. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Anne Geraghty, left, from Clonee, and Bernie Rice, from Leixlip, pictured before the race. Photo: Caroline Quinn
General view of joggers as they make their way towards Merrion Square. Photo: Caroline Quinn
General view of joggers as they make their way towards Merrion Square. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Siobhan O'Doherty, from Tipperary, with her mother Agnes after winning the Flora Women's Mini Marathon 2013. Photo: Sportsfile
General view of joggers as they make their way towards Merrion Square. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Donegal runners for baby Brian McMenamin/Crumlin Hospital have fun jumping over Martin Cunningham before the race. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Morah Ryan with teachers and students from Rosmini Community School, running on behalf of ChildVision at the Flora Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
A general view of competitors. Photo: Sportsfile
Elaine Bennett, left, and Kate Warren, from Sandyford, Dublin. Photo: Sportsfile
Sarah Murray, left, from Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, and Hannah Brogan, from Killiney, Dublin. Photo: Sportsfile
Jennifer Kelly pictured as she soaks up the sun on the way to start line. Picture Andres Poveda
Jennifer Rowntree, Danielle O'Hare and Lauren O'Hare from Dublin 1 who competed for Irish Cancer Society. Picture Andres Poveda
Jen Feighery , Tallaght, Laura Parke, clondalkin at the Flora Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
The Flora Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
The Flora Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
The Flora Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
The Flora Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Winnie Bradley , Rachel O'Flaherty, Wicklow at the Flora Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Tracy Birrell, Mandy Wallace, Paula Rochford and Tracey Creighton, all from Spin Dance, on behalf of Make-A-Wish Ireland. Photo: Peter Houlihan
Lisa Spelman, Jenna McLaughlin , Maresa McLaughlin at the Flora Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Tricia McHale, Grainne Clarke , Anne McCarthy , Galway at the Flora Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Masterchef star Nicha Maguire with winners of the Flora Cookbook competition.
Denise Healy , daughter of the organiser, at the Flora Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Sarah Tyson, Sarah Dunne and Catherine Farrell, who successfully completed the Flora Mini Marathon 10k run on behalf of Make-A-Wish Ireland.

Eimear Rabbitte

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.”

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