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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Blind runner Sinead is set for mini-marathon

A BLIND female athlete will now be able to take part in the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon after a decicion not to allow her use a man as a guide was overturned.

Sinead Kane, who has 5pc visibility and is legally blind, had spoken of her frustration with organisers of the June race, who had said her guide would come under the ban on men running.

"We appreciate that some visually impaired or wheelchair entrants may need assistance.

POLICY

"We have changed our policy and will welcome both male and female assistants for these entrants," a statement from the Women's Mini Marathon Ltd said today.

"Sinead participated in our event in 2012 and came second in the visually impaired category.

"We look forward to receiving her entry for this year and wish her every success," Kathy Endersen, Deputy CEO of the Women's Mini Marathon added.

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