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Flora Women's Mini-marathon 2013 report

 

The 2013 Flora Women’s Mini marathon took place on 3rd June at 2pm in Dublin. Thankfully we were blessed with glorious sunshine, blue skies and warm temperatures. It was one of the best days so far in 2013 so everybody was in high spirits and eager to get going!

Once again we met before the race at The Mespil Hotel for the ILFA group photo. There were in fact 2 group photos at different times as ladies gathered to meet, smile for the camera and leave to take up their positions ahead of the race start time.

This year the ILFA team consisted of over 40 ladies, making it one of our largest groups for some years. We had lots of loyal supporters from previous years taking part again; Helen Durney’s team from Kildare with her daughters Marion and Helen and friends,  Margaret McGlynn, Catherine Casey, Mary Tierney, Rosemary Wilson, Jane Kelly and her daughter Caroline McGarry, Ann Kennedy and her daughters Fiona and Marianne and friends, Pauline O’Mahony, and her sisters in law Jacqueline Wardick and Deirdre Dixon,  and Ann Flaherty and her daughter Emer McPartland. Nicky Goodbody and Nicola Cassidy from the ILFA Committee also took part once again.

We were joined by many ladies taking part for ILFA for the first time; Erica White, Pamela Pender, Sinead Carroll and friends all travelled from Tullamore to take part, Serita O’Rourke, Dianne Orr, Val, Margaret McIver, Amie O’Connor, Catherine Roberts and her sister Greta, Ciara O’Loughlin, Deirdre Flynn, Joan and Siobhan Minchin, Lisa Swift, Alison Kelly and Lisa Kane. Margaret Macauley organised a group of 7 friends to take part for ILFA including Arlene Bates, and Danielle McGill, and Jennifer McGill. Ladies travelled from all over Ireland to take part and fundraise for ILFA and we are very grateful for all your support.

The race got underway at 2pm following the traditional sing along to “Molly Malone”!  There was a great atmosphere in central Dublin as the countdown began. It was good to get going along with our 40,000 other sisters. There were plenty of supporters along the route to cheer us on with shouts of encouragement. John and Maureen Carroll deserve a special mention as they travelled from Tullamore to cheer on their daughter Sinead and daughters in law Erica and Pamela in the event. There were several bands dotted along the course and they certainly helped put some pep in our steps as we ran, jogged and marched our way around the 10km route. Dublin never looked so lovely in the warm sunshine.

After the race, the ILFA team gathered back at The Duke Pub for what has become lovingly known as “the best cup of tea all year!” for refreshments and a chance to relax and catch up. Special thanks to Eddie Cassidy and Paddy O’Mahony who were there to meet and greet the ILFA ladies on their arrival at The Duke. Jane and Caroline were first back and they were soon joined by a large group of ladies over the next hour or so. As always The Duke and its staff looked after us impeccably well and provided us with great sustenance following all our great efforts for ILFA.

The ILFA Committee would like to extend sincere thanks to all of you who took part and helped raise valuable funds for our charity. Fundraising has become much more of a challenge in recent years and ILFA is kept going by the wonderful commitment, dedication and enthusiasm of all of our supporters and their sponsors. Each person who wears the ILFA t-shirt is also helping to raise awareness of IPF and this act alone can have a tremendous impact.

We would love to hear your accounts of the 2013 Flora Women’s Mini-marathon. Please get in touch to share your memories, thoughts, words of encouragement for those who might join us next year and your photos of the day. You can contact us by email (info@ilfa.ie) or post a message on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ILFAIreland). A selection of photos is included here.

Thank you once again for your support. ILFA is very touched and heartened to have such great support and goodwill all around the country. Each one of you is helping to make a difference as ILFA endeavours to fulfil its aims of supporting research, education and support for patients and families affected by Lung Fibrosis. You should be very proud of your achievements because we are proud of you! Here’s to the Flora Women’s Mini-Marathon 2014!

Le Meas,

Nicola Cassidy

ILFA Committee