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Caitriona Jennings (Rathfarnam AC) won the Flora Women’s Mini-Marathon
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The Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon, known currently as the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon due to a title sponsorship deal, is an annual charity road race ran each June Bank Holiday Monday in Ireland. The event is an all-female mini marathon over 10 km in the country’s capital, Dublin.
First run in 1983, this event has seen its numbers rise through the years, with 31,000 women recorded racing in 2001 and, for the sixth consecutive year, upwards of 40,000 women participating in the most recent mini-marathon on June 6th 2011. Those to have won the race include Kenya’s Magdaline Chemjor and Irish Olympic silver medalist, Sonia O’Sullivan, whose 2000 record time of 31 minutes and 28 seconds has yet to be beaten. Over €123 million has been raised for charity and a total of over half a million women have run the race, some doing so each year since the beginning.
It is the biggest single day charity event in Ireland and the biggest all-female event of its type in the world.
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2007 Dublin City Marathon (Ireland)
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The Dublin Marathon is a marathon run every year in Dublin, Ireland. The marathon is normally run in late October, on a Monday which is a Bank Holiday in Ireland, each year and has been held since 1980. In 2005 there were about 10,000 race participants, half of whom were from overseas.
The course is reasonably flat. It starts at Nassau Street in the city center and concludes at Merrion Square.
The race was founded in 1980. 2,100 took part that year with Dick Hooper claiming first place in a time of 2:16:14. The women’s winner was Carey May who finished in 2:42:11.
The event record, which was shattered in 1982 by Jerry Kiernan in 2:13:45, is currently held by Aleksey Sokolov, a Russian national who ran the race in 2006 in a time of 2:11:38. The women’s record is by Ruth Kutol (from Kenya), being 2:27:22. By 1988 the number of participants had increased to 8,700; up from the 4,000 the previous year.
It was 2000 before the 1988 participation record was finally broken when 8,900 took part. In 2001 the marathon became part of the Adidas Marathon Series. It is expected that 10,000 will take part in the 2007 event. A competitor died while running in the 2006 marathon. It is thought he died of heart failure.