Flora Women's Mini Marathon is the biggest all women's event of its kind in the world
Linda Byrne, Ireland's Olympic marathon hope, won the mini marathon in a time of 33 minutes 29 seconds.
The Flora Women's Mini Marathon is the biggest all women's event of its kind in the world. It has grown from its beginnings in 1983 with almost 9,000 participants to a staggering 40,057 women participating in 2011
Since 1983 nearly 780,000 women have entered the event - and the Flora Women's Mini Marathon had a record field of over 40,000 in 2011. This event has grown as women’s interest in their own health and vitality has developed over the last three decades.
Indeed, it is not only women who have benefited from the event, but the charities are also the big winners. In 2011 it is estimated that almost €14m was raised by the participants bringing the total since the race started in 1983 close to €137m. All charities benefit as it is the women themselves who decide who they will support and many local causes gain vital revenue from the event. It is now the biggest single day charity event in the country.