This weekend saw over 20,000 women compete in the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin. The annual 10k event, which takes place every June bank holiday Sunday on the streets of Dublin, started in 1983 and has raised €225m for Irish charities over its 41 installments
A picturesque weekend saw Nakita Burke from Letterkenny A.C. clock an outstanding time of 34.27 this weekend to take first place. Courtney McGuire from Clonmel AC was second across the finish line in 34:33, and Teresa Doherty from Finn Valley AC placed third in 34:58.
David O'Leary, General Manager of the Women's Mini Marathon, said, "Congratulations to the many thousands of women who took to the streets of Dublin today. There's no other event like the VHI Women's Mini Marathon: the sense of celebration and camaraderie, the emotion, the laughter, and the fun atmosphere all make the day so special. We're proud to be able to produce an event that means so much to all women."
— Fergal O'Brien (@FergalOBrien_) June 4, 2023
"I'd like to thank the hundreds of volunteers who each year give so generously of their time to help make this event happen, as well as the community groups and charities who continue to support the event year after year. And of course, I'd like to thank the women of Ireland for coming out in their thousands," he added.
Every woman received a 2023 commemorative medal when they crossed the finish line at the event.
It is also reported that work for the event starts in September and that 900 stewards from various sports clubs and scouting groups help out with the event.
Also speaking at the event, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Caroline Conroy, added, "As the Lord Mayor of Dublin, it gives me great pleasure to be part of this truly amazing event, which celebrates tens of thousands of women coming together. Dublin city is proud to have played host to this event for the last 41 years, and I hope that it continues to play a part in our city's life for many more."