Almost 200 run mini marathon for the Irish Heart Foundation

By June Shannon 5th Jun 2019

A large number of participants who completed the  Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon for the Irish Heart Foundation took part in memory of a loved one

Almost 200 people successfully completed the Vhi Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon at the weekend for the Irish Heart Foundation and we are eternally grateful to each and every one of them.

A large number of the participants were taking part in memory of a loved one including Selma Furtado whose father sadly passed away from heart disease.

“I lost my dad to a heart condition last year. There was no question when it came to choosing a charity for the mini marathon it was going to be The Irish Heart Foundation” Selma said.

One lady Iza Jusiak came all the way from Poland to take part in the mini marathon with her sister Magda in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation.

"We were delighted to see all our wonderful supporters taking part in the Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon on behalf of the Irish Heart Foundation,"

Kate O Reilly, Fundraising Manager , Irish Heart Foundation

Also running this year was the inspirational Karen Ward, a mum of three from Carrickmacross County Monaghan, who just six months ago underwent open heart surgery.

Karen’s daughter Kim also competed in the race with her mum in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation.

“We’re all doing it for my mam. She had open heart surgery and now she’s running it just six months on” said Kim.

You can read more about Karen’s inspirational story from open heart surgery to the mini marathon here.

The Irish Heart Foundation’s own Fundraising Manager Kate O Reilly also took part in the event and said, “I always love the atmosphere and supporting the women taking part. This year I wanted to complete it with all our amazing fundraisers. We’re so grateful.”

Commenting on the day Kate said, ‘We were delighted to see all our wonderful supporters taking part in the Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon on behalf of the Irish Heart Foundation. It was a fantastic day, with a great atmosphere. All our participants have taken on the mini marathon for different reasons, but their support and enthusiasm are truly inspiring.”

There are many ways you can support the work of the Irish Heart Foundation – please see our fundraising page

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