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Women's Mini Marathon Story

Since bursting onto the streets of Dublin in the summer of 1983, the Women’s Mini Marathon has seen over 1 million women take part in this high-profile athletics event, with the starting line a melting pot of accents from across Ireland and the UK!

 

At the front of the pack are elite competitors, vying for glory. Most who take part though, are there to raise funds for charities. Since 1983 an estimated €223 million (2021 values) has been raised by participants of the Women’s Mini Marathon for a host of worthy causes across the island of Ireland.

Since 2017, Vhi has been a strategic partner with DSD to organise and deliver the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. Vhi has maintained its amazing support as the mini marathon went virtual for 2020 and 2021 and in 2022 the Vhi Mini Marathon came back to the streets. 

Beginnings

In early 1983 a few athletics afficionados, including Frank Slevin and Frank Greally, met in Stillorgan to explore how to promote athletics among women. It was only 18 months since the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF, now World Athletics) recognized the first world record in the women’s 10,000 metres. Dundrum Athletics Club was selected by the group as the club to host a women-only 10,000 metre race in Dublin, and it was branded the “Women’s Mini Marathon”. In 1983 we had our first race and demand was huge with over 9,000 women turning up on the day.

Since then, the WMM has grown into a major event on the Irish athletics calendar. Due to the global pandemic, 2020 saw the event go virtual, which was extraordinarily successful with over 22,000 women running in their local areas all over the world. With restrictions still in place, the 2021 event also took place virtually, and this time participants could use our brand new app to track their virtual progress along the Dublin route.  They even got their own Finish Line in the goodie bag! 

Thankfully 2022 saw the race resume in the streets of Dublin.  The wet weather didn't dampen the spirits!

Race

Since day one, the Women’s Mini Marathon has had stiff competition at the front. Notable Irish winners are the super-consistent Catherina McKiernan (1997, 1998, 1999 & 2004) and Sonia O’Sullivan, Ireland’s finest athlete, who took gold in 2000 while setting the course record with a blistering 31:28, and then returning on top in 2003 & 2005. DSD’s very own Maria McCambridge showed sheer determination and perseverance, coming 3rd in 2013, 2nd in 2014 and then claiming the top spot in 2015. Linda Byrne, another DSD member, claimed gold in 2010 and in 2012 when she went on to represent Ireland in the marathon at the London 2012 Olympics.

34:27
2023
Nakita Burke
33:07
2022
Aoife Kilgallon
n/a
2021
Virtual Race
n/a
2020
Virtual Race
34:35
2019
Aoibhe Richardson 
34:18
2018
Lizzie Lee
33:55
2017
Ann Marie McGlynn
34:30
2016
Siobhan O’Doherty
34:02
2015
Maria McCambridge
34:07
2014
Barbara Cleary
34:20
2013
Siobhan O’Doherty
33:30
2012
Linda Byrne
35:28
2011
Caitriona Jennings
34:29
2010
Linda Byrne
34:36
2009
Rosemary Ryan
35:45
2008
Annette Kealy
33:14
2007
Marie Davenport
35:04
2006
Pauline Curley
33:07
2005
Sonia O'Sullivan
33:46
2004
Catherina McKiernan
33:21
2003
Sonia O'Sullivan
34:20
2002
Pauline Curley
32:56
2001
Magdaline Chemjor (Kenya)
31:28
2000
Sonia O'Sullivan (COURSE RECORD)
33:14
1999
Catherina McKiernan
33:22
1998
Catherina McKiernan
32:31
1997
Catherina McKiernan
32:44
1996
Katy McCandless
33:21
1995
Catherine Shum
33:11
1994
Mary Donohoe
34:25
1993
Rosie Lamb
33:41
1992
Monica Reilly
34:29
1991
Catherine Smith
34:17
1990
Christine Kennedy
34:28
1989
Patricia Griffin
33:57
1988
Patricia Griffin
34:02
1987
Sue Collier
34:33
1986
Greta Hickey
33:31
1985
Regina Joyce
32:34
1984
Regina Joyce
34:02
1983
Kathy Schill
YEAR
WINNER
TIME

Winners of the Women’s Mini-Marathon
with their winning times

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