Friday 19 April 2019

Fundraising champs collect numbers for Mini Marathon

Mary and Ann Coghlan have been competing in the charity race for over 20 years
Mary and Ann Coghlan have been competing in the charity race for over 20 years

A sudden downpour didn't dampen spirits when crowds gathered in Trinity College yesterday as women arrived in their droves to collect their numbers ahead of the 36th Vhi Mini Marathon tomorrow.

Among those eager to lace up their runners and hit the road over the bank holiday weekend were the sisters of former world athletics champion Eamonn Coghlan, Ann and Mary.

This will be Mary's 29th Mini Marathon - she hasn't missed one since 1990 - while Ann has completed the 10K course 24 times.

"All of them have been to support CMRF, Our Lady's Hospital in Crumlin. Any funds raised will go to the hospital," said Mary.

"We're joggers. I'm a meet-and-train leader in Kingswood Heights in Tallaght, and I've been a leader there for about 27 years.

Chanel Lally and Tamara Harte
Chanel Lally and Tamara Harte


"There's a group of the ladies from the walking group doing it.

"It's a great day out and a great day for charity."

Mother-and-daughter team Tamara Harte and Chanel Lally from Artane are already a pair of movers and shakers as part of the Let's Dance school.

They're hoping all their dance training will help them as they make their way from Fitzwilliam Square to Baggot Street tomorrow.

"We're running for St Francis Hospice and Beaumont Foundation. There's a group of us from Let's Dance doing it. The fundraising has gone very well, we have done coffee mornings too," said Tamara.

While Tamara is a seasoned Mini Marathon runner, Chanel is excited about receiving her first medal when she crosses the finish line.

Meanwhile, healthcare worker Michelle Higgins (24), from Cabra, and nurse Brid Ryan (24), from Phibsborough, were also at Trinity to collect their numbers, as both signed up again this year for a third and fourth Mini Marathon respectively.

The friends work in the Mater Hospital and will raise funds for ARC, a cancer support service.

Although there were showers yesterday afternoon, Lisa Walker was hopeful the sun would shine when she makes her way around the route with her mother as they walk for Down Syndrome Ireland in memory of her brother Kenneth Donohoe.

The race starts at 2pm tomorrow with more than 30,000 women running.

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