Thousands attend Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin

Around 30,000 people are taking part in this year's marathon

Thousands attend Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin

Image: Aisling O'Rourke

Thousands are taking part in the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin today, with the marathon kicking off earlier at around 2pm. 

Around 33,000 runners, joggers and walkers are taking part in this year's mini marathon.

Regular participants are being reminded that the route is reversed this year for the 35th anniversary.

The 10km marathon begins at Fitzwilliam Street Upper with the finish line on Upper Baggot Street.

Some road closures are in place in the centre and south of the city and Dublin Bus will have diversions on a number of routes. 

Fundraising for charity 

Those running in the VHI Mini Marathon are doing so in aid of a number of different charities. CRY Ireland (Cardiac Risk in the Young) who support families affected by SADS (Sudden Adult Death Syndrome), are one of those charities.

As the charity’s biggest fundraiser, money raised from the mini marathon will be used to fund the activities of the Centre for Cardiac Risk in Younger Persons (CRYP) in Tallaght Hospital.
It provides free comprehensive cardiac evaluation of those who may be at risk either because of family history or worrying symptoms. 
Lucia Ebbs, Business Operations Manager for Cry Ireland said: "We are so thrilled with the turnout here today to support those affected by Sudden Adult Death Syndrome as we depend heavily on this fundraising event every year."
Meanwhile, Kathy Enderson, CEO of the Women's mini marathon, said it's going to be a special day.