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Huge numbers again for Mini Marathon

For a sixth year, yesterday’s Flora Women’s Mini Marathon in association with the Evening Herald went over its 40,000 limit.

With a magnificent entry of 40,374, the race remains the biggest of its kind in the world, with double the numbers of similar events in the UK and the USA. It is also the biggest single-day charity event in the country.

Flora was again the title sponsor of the race. “We would like to thank and congratulate each participant for supporting this amazing event, which raised over ¤14m for charity in 2008. It is you who make this such a successful and enjoyable occasion,” said Muireann McCormack, marketing manager, Flora.

“With great pleasure, Flora will continue to sponsor the race until 2012. We are delighted to be involved with an event that focuses on getting people active and having fun as well as raising so much money for charity.”

In 1996, the Evening Herald took over as promoter of the race from the now defunct

Evening Press. In 2003, the Dublin newspaper was sole backer of the race.

“This year marks the 27th year of unbroken association between a Dublin evening newspaper and the women’s mini marathon. We at the Evening Herald took up the baton in 1995 and regard the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon as one of the most important dates in our calendar,” said Evening Herald editor Stephen Rae.

“We at the Evening Herald are very proud of our long association with the event, which espouses many of our core values: the advancement of women, promoting an active lifestyle and giving voice to our capital city, Dublin.”

“There is much to celebrate. The Flora Women’s Mini Marathon is a huge achievement for everyone concerned, most notably the organising committee, headed by Pat Coyle, and including Gerry McGrath and Frank Slevin, the man who helped found the event all those years ago.

“Of course, the real stars are the tens of thousands of women who have sacrificed their free time over many months to train and to raise funds for the less fortunate among us. The Flora Women’s Mini Marathon is your day.”


After a successful day for all, Pat Coyle, chairman of the Mini Marathon Committee, thanked Flora and the Evening Herald for their efforts in attracting yesterday’s huge entry for the 27th edition of this great race.

He congratulated the organising club Dundrum South Dublin, whose members devote so much time and effort to making the mini marathon successful.

“I am very pleased with yesterday’s Flora Women’s Mini Marathon. I hope all 40,000-plus participants enjoyed themselves and congratulations to everyone for another wonderful fundraising effort.

“We have estimated that over ¤14 million was raised in both 2007 and 2008 and this total could reach ¤15 million this year.

“We sincerely thank our title sponsor Flora, our media partner, the Evening Herald, Elverys, Citroen and Newbridge Silverware who have given so much assistance to help make the event possible. This year we have also welcomed Ballygowan as our official water sponsor.

“I also thank all others who have worked with the committee, in particular the Gardai, the City Council, Dublin Bus, the Fire Service, the Order of Malta and many, many others. Finally, I congratulate race director Pat Healy and his team on the wonderful organisation of yesterday’s event.”