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Let's hear it for the girls: Dublin mini marathon in pics

The women’s mini-marathon has taken over Dublin streets once a year since 1983 – and here’s the photographic proof…

OVER 780,000 women have participated in the Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin since its inaugural event 31 years ago.

Almost €14m was raised for charities by last year’s event alone – and close to €137m raised in total since 1983.

Well done, ladies – and good luck later today in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon. Here are some pics to get you started:

Let's hear it for the girls: Dublin mini marathon in pics
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    Sonia O'Sullivan, (front right, pink shirt), the eventual winner, heads the field at the start of the 2005 race. She won in a time of 33 minutes - and holds the course record of 31:28 in the year 2000. Image: Haydn West/PA Archive/PA Images
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    This pic of dads and kids waiting patiently on the course for 'Mam' to pass by in 2007 is for all the supporters... Image: Paddy Cummins/PA Wire
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    Gorgeous weather in 2008. Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire
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    Some particularly strapping lady always managed to get into the event... (from 2010) Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire
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    "All the runners to the front please..." In 2010. Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire
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    Limbering up in 2009. Image: Barry Cronin/PA Wire.
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    Fitzwilliam Square in Georgian Dublin has been the traditional starting point for years (this is in 2002). Image: Haydn West/PA Archive/PA Images.
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    Stopwatches at the ready in 2002. The eventual winner, Pauline Curley, is fourth from the left at the front. Image: Haydn West/PA Archive.
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    Joy, relief, exhaustion - it's always an emotional experience. Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire.
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    Some of the 40,000 runners who took part last year. Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
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    Superwomen, Wonderwomen (and Batwoman) in 2007. Image: Albert Gonzalez / Photocall Ireland.
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    A man sunbathes in St Stephen's Green park in 2009, surrounded by women who came from all over Ireland to run the mini marathon that day. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland.
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    And the best bit... the well-deserved dinner afterwards. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland.

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