Maria finally wins mini-marathon

by Gazette Reporter
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MARIA McCambridge finally broke her women’s VHI mini-marathon duck as she claimed the title last Monday in a time of 34 minutes and three seconds.

She led home a field of over 37,000 entrants for the annual event, the largest female-only event of its kind in the world.

The Olympian has been running in the race for over 15 years but broke her duck in the event with almost 40 seconds to spare over her main competitors on the streets of south Dublin.

It marked her as a fitting winner with the race being organised by her home club, DSDAC.
Speaking afterwards about the win, McCambridge said: “I am just so delighted to have won it. All I wanted was the win. I decided to run a sensible race and am just really happy.

“I have been running it since 1999, skipped one or two due to injuries and so on, and this is the first time I finally won it.”

With gale-level winds and driving rain at different points during the day, McCambridge said it was important to work with the conditions, especially in managing the contrast between the out-bound leg to the UCD flyover before doubling back into the city centre.

“The wind was really tough so I tried to be sensible in the first half of the race, knowing that the wind was going to be behind me coming back in to Dublin and use that to my advantage,” she added.

McCambridge was followed over the line by Ann-Marie Glynn in 34.42 while former European cross-country champion Catherina McKiernan was the third place overall a further four seconds back.

And the DSDAC runner said that while she knew she was in “good shape”, the conditions and the potential opposition are variables that can always make for a tough battle on the Dublin roads, adding that “you never know quite who is going to be on the starting line”.

The event as a whole was once again a big success despite the inclement weather with thousands of runners raising money for a host of charities.

Women’s Mini Marathon, Kathy Endersen Deputy CEO hailed the work of the organising crew to put on the event.

“More than 1,000 volunteers and stewards are involved in making this event so successful and I would like to thank them for their time and commitment.”

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