VHI Women's Mini Marathon - 1st June 2015

Published in Reports on 1st June 2015

The VHI Women's Mini Marathon is one of the biggest all women's events of it's kind in the world. This year 37,000 women ran, jogged and walked the 10km route through Dublin City. There was no escaping the inclement weather, the wind and rain were prominent throughout the run adding to the challenge but not spoiling the mood of the race now in it's 32nd year. (Last year saw a record field of 41,006).

Maria McCambridge was first to cross the line in 34.03, Ann Marie McGlynn finished in second place in a time of 34.42 and seconds behind securing third place in 34.46 was Catherina McKiernan.

Both individuals and groups take part in this event every year to raise funds for various charities. Since its inception in 1983 it is estimated that €192m has been raised for different charities. Athenry AC's Mary Rohan, her brother Pete Mahon, sister Catriona Mahon, Lorraine Mahoney, Irene Hynes, Kath Makinson and Angela McManamon decided to run this year's women's mini marathon in memory of Mary's cousin Patrick Kyne while raising funds for and an awareness of Cystic Fibrosis. With the exception of Mary and Angela the other 5 members of the group only started running earlier this year specifically for this event and all ran the complete distance. A great achievement, congrats and well done!