Flora Women’s Mini Marathon
The 30th Women’s Mini Marathon took place this year on 4th June. The Flora Women’s Mini Marathon is the biggest all women’s event of its kind in the world. Since the first race in 1983, a total of €137 million has been raised for charities all over the country, which is a great achievement.
The day itself was great fun. Although it is a 10km race, the atmosphere is fantastic and you really don’t feel like you have walked (me), jogged or ran that far. The many bands playing along the way help to keep everyone in high spirits. It is a great feeling to cross the finish line and receive your commemorative medal, knowing you have completed the race for yourself and helped to raise money for charity as well and for many to reflect on why they took part in the race. It is always wonderful to see the sea of different colour t-shirts with the names of so many worthy causes. The real winners at the end of the day are all the charities who benefit from this fantastic fundraiser. On that note, we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part on the day to help raise funds in aid of the Irish Haemophilia Society; we really appreciate your support. Well done to Veronica Dunne, who received a donation of €50 from two generous Americans outside Buswell’s Hotel.
Our first lady over the finish line was Jacqueline Reid in a time of 49 minutes. Don’t lose heart ladies, this is Jacqueline’s 5th marathon this year.
It was great to hear our charity name being called out as we approached the finish line and to see our photo in the paper the next day.
If you think you couldn’t do a 10km race, think again, this was my third year to take part in the mini marathon and trust me if I can do it anyone can. Encourage family or friends to take part with you and make a day of it.
Don’t just take my word for it, some of the women who took part this year told us their favourite part about the race and the day itself.
On 24th of April 2012, a fundraiser was organised by members of the Society Tom and Claire Sheerin and the extended Sheerin family, in Cooney’s Hotel in Ballymahon, Co. Longford.
The Sheerin family band who were joined by a host of special guests put together an excellent night of music, fun and enjoyment. For a Tuesday night the place was bursting at the seams and everyone seemed to be really enjoying the music. It was also great to see Tom’s parents join the Sheerin Family band onstage for a few songs. And what a musical family they are. The event raised over €3,000 and the proceeds were split between the Irish Haemophilia Society and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Debbie Greene and myself went along on the evening to represent the Society and I have to say it was a great evening.
Congratulations Tom and Claire for putting together such a wonderful and entertaining evening. I for one am looking forward, hoping that I will get to the next one whenever it is.