Tens of thousands of women are taking part in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin this year, while over 12,000 runners took part in the Cork City Marathon where a new course record was set.
Tim O’Donoghue of East Cork AC crossed the finish line in two hours 18 minutes and 37 seconds, while in Dublin, Aoife Kilgallon of Sligo AC won this year’s race with a time of 33 minutes and seven seconds.
Traffic restrictions in Cork city center and suburbs are in place until 6pm, with Patrick Street and adjacent streets closed to traffic all day.
A number of road closures and traffic diversions are in place for the South Dublin and City Center event, while Dublin Bus will have diversions on a number of routes.
🎉🎉🎉 Course record! 🎉🎉🎉
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The winner of this year’s VHI mini-marathon was Aoife Kilgallon, 30, from Sligo pic.twitter.com/G9iAgoQfqQ
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In Cork, Lizzie Lee of Leevale AC won the women’s race in 2:44.54, while training group Brighton AB came first in the relay category with a time of 2:14.03.
Sorcha Nic Dhomhnaill of Donore Harriers in Dublin was second across the finish line in 33:07, and her sister Ide Nic Dhomhnaill was third in 33:26.
Shauna Bocquet from Craughwell, Galway won the Elite Wheelchair category in a time of 28:29, while Niamh Delany from Laois won the visually impaired category in a time of 57:42.
In Cork, 70 relay teams from 42 countries participated under the banner of the Sanctuary Runners, including 90 Ukrainians recently settled in Ireland.
A total of 450 runners from the Sanctuary participate in the two races across the country.
The mini marathon returned to the capital this afternoon after two years of virtual events due to Covid-19 and the 10KM race is now in its 40th year.
As the largest women’s event of its kind in the world, many run or walk to benefit various charities.
The race started at Fitzwilliam Street Upper, with the finish line on Lower Baggot Street.
David O’Leary of the Women’s Mini-Marathon congratulated all the women who participated.
“We are so excited to have been able to return to the streets of Dublin and celebrate this special milestone with the women who continue to make this event the success it is.
“This event would not have been possible without the support of the hundreds of volunteers who so generously give of their time to help on this day, as well as the many community groups and charities who continue to support our event year after year. .
“I would also like to thank our sponsors, and in particular our title sponsors Vhi, whose support is so important in making this event possible,” he said.
Organizers say the marathon’s theme is Women Making Magic, celebrating the camaraderie and unity experienced by participants in the event.
An estimated €226 million has been raised for Irish charitable causes since the event began in 1983.
Reporting by Jennie O’Sullivan and Aisling Kenny