Over 20,000 women took to the streets of Dublin on Sunday last, taking part in the 2023 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. This was the 41st year of the event, which since its inception has raised over €226 million for charities in Ireland.
The 2023 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon was won by Nakita Burke from Letterkenny A.C. in a time of 34:27. Courtney McGuire from Clonmel A.C. was second across the finish line in 34:33, and Teresa Doherty from Finn Valley A.C. placed third in 34:58..
Shauna Bocquet from Craughwell, Galway won the Elite Wheelchair Category in a time of 26:59.
Title sponsors Vhi also announced that they have extended their title sponsorship of the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon for a further three years. The extension marks the continuation of a successful partnership that began in 2014 and has seen hundreds of thousands of women participate in the event, raising millions for charities nationwide and supporting women in their pursuit of health and fitness goals in the process.
Women from all over Ireland took part in the 2023 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, with many taking part to support and fundraise for charitable causes. This annual celebration of women is a truly inclusive event, embracing women of all ages and fitness levels. This year’s event included women aged from 14 to 93!
David O’Leary, General Manager of the Women’s Mini Marathon said:
“Congratulations to the many thousands of women who took to the streets of Dublin today. There’s no other event like the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon; the sense of celebration and camaraderie, the emotion, the laughter and the fun atmosphere all make the day so special. We’re proud to be able to produce an event which means so much to all women.
I’d like to thank the hundreds of volunteers who each year give so generously of their time to help make this event happen, as well as the community groups and charities who continue to support the event year after year. And of course, I’d like to thank the women of Ireland for coming out in their thousands! I would particularly like to mention our wonderful sponsors, and in particular our title sponsors Vhi. We’re delighted to be able to announce the extension of our partnership for the next three years and look forward to continuing to work with them to deliver many more years of the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon”.
Brian Walsh, Chief Executive, Vhi Group said:
“Vhi is very proud to partner with the Women’s Mini Marathon, it’s a brilliant way for us to live our purpose of helping our customers to live longer, stronger, healthier lives, and we’re delighted to announce today that we have renewed our sponsorship for a further three years. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Women’s Mini Marathon team to deliver more fantastic events. I want to extend our congratulations to the thousands of women that crossed the finish line today. The atmosphere and sense of camaraderie amongst participants is phenomenal.”
Speaking at the event, Lord Mayor Dublin, Caroline Conroy said:
“As the Lord Mayor of Dublin, it gives me great pleasure to be part of this truly amazing event, which celebrates tens of thousands of women coming together. Dublin city is proud to have played host to this event for the last 41 years, and I hope that it continues to play a part in our city’s life for many more”.
98FM’s Dame Stuffy got the day off to a great start, entertaining the crowds at the 98FM stage in the Start Area, while Vhi ambassador David Gillick and Intersport Elverys ambassador Aisling Sheridan (Cavan Senior Ladies GAA player) got everyone ready with some energetic warm-up sessions. There was entertainment on show every step of the way around the 10km course, with live music and DJs; the 98FM Thunderbus on Belfield Bridge; the popular Smash Hits band at the Vhi stage at Nutley Lane; and the Vhi cheer squad at the Last KM.
Every woman received a 2023 commemorative medal when they crossed the finish line at the event. Leanne Hanafin of 98FM was also on hand to provide entertainment at the finish line. Event partners the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists hosted a Cool Down Stage at Merrion Square, along with offering complimentary treatments.
Preparations for the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon starts early in September each year, with a team dedicated to ensuring that they deliver a fun and memorable day out for all the participants. They are assisted on Race Day by 900 stewards from various sports clubs and scouting groups.
A full listing of the results will be published in a special supplement in the Irish Independent on Monday, June 5th.
Top 10 Finishers
No Name Time
1 Nakita Burke, Letterkenny A.C. 34:27
2 Courtney McGuire, Clonmel A.C. 34:33
3 Teresa Doherty. Finisk Valley A.C. 34:58
4 Fiona Clinton, Dundrum South Dublin A.C. 35:00
5 Ciara Hickey, Brothers Pearse A.C. 35:11
6 Cliona Murphy, Dublin City Harriers A.C. 35:32
7 Meghan Ryan, Dundrum South Dublin A.C. 36:07
8 Maria Jones, Sportsworld A.C. 36:54
9 Edel Gaffney 37:08
10 Caoimhe Daniels, Sportsworld A.C. 37:25
About Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon
The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is now in its 41st year. The first Women’s Mini Marathon began in Dublin in 1983 with 9,000 entrants, it has grown in popularity and the event now hosts 25,000 women on the June bank holiday weekend. Women from across the 32 counties of Ireland, U.K. and Europe take part each year to raise vital funds for their chosen charities and causes.
The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is a world-class sporting event and is dedicated to helping women across Ireland to achieve their fitness goals. The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon has become an important part of Irish culture and a celebration for Irish women aged 14 and over. The event caters for women who wish to walk or jog for fun while also catering for competitive runners. It is not only women who have benefited from the event, but charities are also the big winners. The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is the single biggest charity fundraising event in Ireland. An estimated €226m has been raised for charity since its beginning in 1983. 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.