Salute our record-breaking runners
WINNERS: €14m raised as 40,000 gave their all in the Mini Marathon -- the day when every woman was a heroine
THEY huffed and puffed in the name of dozens of charities and raised €14m.
This year's Flora Women's Mini Marathon was the most successful yet according to organisers. More than 40,000 fundraising females brought support and solidarity to a huge number of charities in the world's biggest women's sporting event.
Women of all ages ran, walked and cantered around the 10km course around the capital in unseasonably cool conditions. There was a carnival atmosphere as the human tsunami flooded the streets with good-humoured determination.
Charities from all over the country are now set to benefit from the marathon effort. Participants are still collecting their final donations but organisers estimate that they will break last year's total of €14m.
Some participants unable to run around the course turned up on wheels -- like Triosha McLaughlin from Athlone, who was guided around the streets in a wheelchair by four of her five children after being given the all-clear after treatment for lymphoma cancer.
Herald columnist and former Miss World Rosanna Davison powered across the finish line in 50 minutes in her bid to raise money for the ISPCA.
Actress Amy Huberman, who promised to 'run like Phoebe from Friends', came in just 10 minutes later as she ran for Concern. She joked she had to bully some people in an effort to reach her targets.
The winner of the event was Caitriona Jennings (30) from Letterkenny, Co Donegal, who came out on top with a time of 35 minutes and 29 seconds. She is a tax adviser with Pricewaterhouse-Coopers in Dublin and won despite sustaining an Achilles injury last January which hampered her preparations.
Number-two spot was achieved by Siobhan Gaffney (26) from Nenagh, Co Tipperary, who is a physiotherapist at St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny. And third place was won by first timer Aoife Talty (26) from Raheny, Dublin.
Aoife, whose father Brian is the current manager of Dublin GAA club Parnells, said: "I am absolutely delighted to come third on my first attempt. It was quite tough during the first five kilometres, but once we got in to the second stage it got easier. It was such a fantastic experience."
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