Everyone’s a winner as 3,000 take to the streets for mini marathon

EVERYONE was a winner yesterday as Limerick took to the roads in the Irish Examiner Limerick Women’s Mini Marathon.

Almost 3,000 athletes ran, jogged and walked in and around the campus of the University of Limerick, helping raise up to €500,000 for a multitude of worthy causes. The young and the not so young took part, some for glory, but most for the run and fun. And there were also the brave. Sisters, Louise Gardiner, 29, who lives in Sixmilebridge, and Caitriona Madden, 26, from Clonlara, came to raise money for the Irish Kidney Association. Their dad, Patrick Madden has suffered from kidney problems for years and was diagnosed with a very rare kidney disease, Alport Syndrome.

A few fun male runners kitted out appropriately to join in the craic. Sylvia Reddin from Rhebogue in Limerick remarked of her husband John’s trousseau: “Isn’t it very fetching. It’s almost ravishing.”

Limerick County Council’s band of Mná na hÉireann was led by the Cathaoirleach, Cllr Brigid Teefy. She said: “We have a great crowd to help raise money for one of our staff members, Paudie Power, who is helping raise money to build a new school in Kosovo.”

Organiser Paddy O’Connell said the event was an unprecedented success: “We had a deluge of entries. This event just gets bigger and better each year.”

Irish Examiner head of marketing Mairead Maher said this was the first year the Irish Examiner sponsored the event.

“We are absolutely thrilled at the success of today’s event. The number of women taking part has increased dramatically and we plan to grow it further next year,” she said.

The first three past the post were Pauline Curley, Tullamore Harriers (27m 45s), Niamh O’Sullivan; An Riorcht AC, Castleisland (27m 55s); Claire Gibbons, Cork (28m 08s).

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