#WomenwithImpact - Wendy, Co. Meath

My name is Wendy Coyle and it is a great honour to be chosen as the Meath Ambassador for the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon. This year the marathon is been held on my mum’s birthday who passed away in November 2018 from breast & bone cancer. In October of the same year and only 20 days previous, my sister Kim also passed from cancer having fought a short five-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Triona Driscoll
#WomenwithImpact - Ann, Co. Mayo

How many of you here reading my blog have said “I’d love to run a 5K or a 10K” but never got to the start line for whatever reason.  This was me 10 years ago – a smoker, over weight and with little or no interest in exercise other than an occasional game of tennis.

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Triona Driscoll
#WomenwithImpact - Amy, Co. Westmeath

I've been taking part in the WMM for many years now, all for different reasons but mostly to create awareness about a cause. I believe that every little bit helps everyone and that the small things matter.  In my job in the Defence Forces we were taught to watch the little things because that's what masked something very special and noticeable. 

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Triona Driscoll
#WomenwithImpact - Jackie, Co. Louth

When my son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, I joined the local branch who raise money to provide equipment, pay for private physiotherapy, occupational therapy and other treatments for the children. A group of family & friends decided we would walk the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon & we haven't stopped.

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Triona Driscoll
#WomenwithImpact - Karina, Co. Dublin

Hello I’m Karina and I have been chosen to represent Dublin in the Vhi #WomenwithImpact campaign 2019. I’m trilled to have been selected and get to share my story and how it all came around to entering the mini marathon as well has why I choose St Francis hospice as my charity.

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Triona Driscoll
#WomenwithImpact - Sorcha McAnespy, Co. Tyrone

In May 2011 I first got elected to my local council. I was married with three daughters, mortgage, car and an annual holiday. Life couldn’t be better.  Less than 18 months later, my marriage ended. I was devastated, here I was facing a future as a single parent, but simultaneously I was the local politician.

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Triona Driscoll
#WomenwithImpact - Sharon, Co. Wicklow

Hi, I’m Sharon and I am the delighted to be representing Wicklow in this year’s Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. I have done about 10 mini marathons in the past, and supported lots of different charities, the most recent was Blackrock Hospice who looked after my Dad before he passed away. 10 of my friends joined me to fundraise for the Hospice.

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Triona Driscoll
#WomenwithImpact - Niamh, Co. Tipperary

Hi all, I’m Niamh. I am 24 years old from Ballylooby, Co. Tipperary.


This year will be my third Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. I completed the previous 2 with my friend Orna who is my comfort blanket so to speak! She recently moved to Canada and this will be my first mini marathon without her.

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Triona Driscoll
#WomenwithImpact - Karen, Irish Heart Foundation

We are sharing some of the amazing stories behind the t-shirts that many women wear at the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon this year for our Every T-shirt Tells A Story video series, which is part of our #WomenwithImpact campaign.

This week’s video features Karen Ward from Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, who will be wearing an Irish Heart Foundation t-shirt at the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon.

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Triona Driscoll