Women take on the mini marathon in great numbers
Hundreds upon hundreds of women from north County Wicklow took on the challenge of the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon last bank holiday Monday in Dublin.
There were some very sorry feet that night, including those of Deric Ó h’Artagáin of TV3’s Ireland AM, who donned a fetching dress and sky-high hells as ‘Gale Force’ to blag his way in to the women’s event, supporting Purple House Cancer Support.
The Purple House participants started their day at the Martello, where they met their coach.
Greystones Cancer Support had a wonderful turnout for the event.
‘ The support we received was amazing,’ said a spokeswoman for the centre. ‘ The day started with rain, but soon turned to sunshine and dried everyone out.’
The Greystones group was represented by walkers, joggers and runners.
‘We would like to thank all of these most sincerely for the effort they have put in.’
A special award was presented to Liz Kinsella on the day, with the Pat Gaffey perpetual trophy going to Grainne and Maureen Whiston.
The Beach House gave the group a very warm welcome upon their return.
Another group of women donned t-shirts to represent Open Door Day Care Centre.
They met up at the Vevay Road centre on the morning of the race and enjoyed a fantastic atmosphere throughout.
Open Door runners and walkers getting ready to head off to the Women’s Mini Marathon.
Lorna Flanagan, Sophie Clark, Nicola Byrne, Eryn Doyle and Cailtin Hayes heading off from the Martello.