This afternoon.

Goatstown, Dublin 14.

Past winners of the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon Catherina McKiernan  (above left) and Maria McCambridge (above right)  joined pupils from Mount Anville Secondary School to begin the countdown to this year’s event on Sunday, June 2.

Catherina McKiernan has won the race four times (1997, 1998, 1999, 2004), while Maria McCambridge crossed the finish line first in 2015.

Everyone else walked.

(pause)

FIGHT!/Leg it

VHI Women’s Mini Marathon

Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

9 thoughts on “Stop That

  1. Janet, I ate my avatar

    a marathon is 42km
    but well done on this great race for charity

    1. Dub Spot

      + 42,195 metres.

      This is a 10km. What do they a call a real 10km? Actually, I don’t care.

      Wow, “won the race”. Watch out Sir Mo.

      1. millie st murderlark

        Your scorn is very welcome to the women (and men) who run in support of many worthy causes. I’m sure quibbling about the name of the race is much more valuable.

        1. Janet, I ate my avatar

          I don’t mean any scorn,
          I actually think the name undoes the good name of the run and belittles it, kind of patronising if you will,
          there’s plenty to be proud of in a 5 or 10 k , it doesn’t need dressed up imo

          1. Spaghetti Hoop

            +1
            Yep Janet I agree that ‘Mini-marathon’ is not the right title for this event. Example; I did it a few years ago for a charity supporting epilepsy, as a friend’s relative had died from it. It was gas craic, entertaining and great comraderie. In my office everyone sponsored me and I showed them pictures of the event, how much the charity raised and all that. Another colleague (a proper runner) was asked how she got on and she reported her finish time, was sad that it was one micro-second short of her ‘personal best’ and that she needed a good soak in the bath afterwards.

            Some serious runners need to chill the f out about this event, other serious runners are dead right in not calling it a ‘marathon’. Most regard it as a fun-run to raise funds for charity, be healthy and feel empowered and it should be advertised as such. ‘____________(sponsor) Women’s 10k Holiday Run’ or something.

          2. Janet, I ate my avatar

            well put and yeah defo not a place to aim for a PB, it’s meant to be a bit of craic for a good cause

  2. eoin

    Did we ever get to the bottom of that coat-trailing story in the SBP a few weeks back, you remember the one, the VHI was providing a certain cancer drug which other health providers, the public HSE and private providers, weren’t because it’s not justified on cost/benefit grounds.

    There was short-lived outrage which barely lasted ‘til midday on the Sunday and people began to suspect they were being played by a pharma company which may have offered the drug at a steep discount to one provider, the VHI in the hope the public clamour would blackmail the other providers to buy it at list price.

    Has the VHI revealed the price it is paying for the drug? It’s not getting it free, is it?

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