The Flora Women’s Mini Marathon is the biggest, all female event of its kind in the world. It has grown from strength to strength since the first race took place in 1983 with almost 9,000 participants to just over 40,000 participants this year, which is amazing. The renowned success of this event is a tribute to the amazing women of Ireland who fundraise year in and year out for so many worthy charities.
We had a great response to this year’s Mini Marathon and firstly I just want to thank everyone for taking part and raising funds in aid of the I.H.S., your support for the work of the Society is really appreciated. An event like this is so important, not only to raise funds but to raise awareness of haemophilia and other bleeding disorders.
The race took place on Monday 2nd June and we had our usual room in Buswells Hotel on the day for everyone to meet up before the race to collect their gorgeous green I.H.S. t-shirts (as seen modelled in our photos) and then again after the race for some well-deserved refreshments and a bit of banter.
The winner of the race may have completed it in 37 minutes but our very own Ellie Heffernan (aka supermum) completed the race in just over 51 minutes. Our youngest participant was Dara Dowling, aged 15 years. I asked Dara what made her decide to take part this year and she said she had been with us in Buswells Hotel on the day of the Mini Marathon last year and when she watched everyone heading off, she decided she wanted to the do the race herself this year. So let’s hope this is the first of many for Dara. For some people it was their first time to take part in the race but our annual supporter Jacqueline Reid, has only missed one race since 1985, which is a great achievement. All our lovely ladies did great on the day, congratulations to you all. We even had two ‘ladies’ in full female attire and high heels take part, thanks Niall and Tim for your support, you looked very glam on the day.
The atmosphere on the day was fantastic and even though I couldn’t take part this year (I had to work), myself and Debbie enjoyed catching up with old friends and new. It was obvious that everyone had a great day and you can’t help but get caught up in the spirit of things.
Many of our ladies finished off the day with a lovely meal and I know one or two of them enjoyed a well-deserved cocktail to round their day off, it is lovely to see everyone making a real day of it from start to finish.
I hope to see you all again next year, don’t forget the Mini Marathon is held every June bank holiday Monday, so it’s an easy date to remember.