THE daughter of a woman who ran the mini marathon in Dublin every year until her death is planning to run the mini marathon in June in her memory.
Susan Brady is completing the mini marathon this year in memory of her late mother, Joan Brady from Ashgrove, Avenue Road.
“There will be four of us taking part in the mini marathon in my mother’s memory – myself, my sister Helen, sister-in-law Emma and niece, Alba,” said Susan.
“This will be my second year participating in the mini marathon. My mum has 39 of the medals and we wanted to get her the 40th medal.
“We are planning to get #JogforJoan t-shirts made and will wear them on the day. She was such an inspiration.”
Joan – who worked as an advertising executive – had participated in every event since the mini marathon started in 1983 until she sadly passed away at her home in March last.
She took up walking after seeing people in Central Park while on a trip to New York and set up the Dundalk Joggers and Walkers in the early 1980s.
The group met twice a week and many firm friendships were formed among members. The group also took part in the Dublin City Women’s Marathon every year.
“She was ahead of her time. She was doing it for people to connect. When I was at her funeral so many women told me she had had such a positive impact on their mental health,” said Susan.
Joan completed her last mini marathon in 2019, aged 80. Over the years, she helped to raise thousands of Euros for various charities.
“It was such a shock when she died as she was always so full of energy. She had an amazing way of connecting people,” she said.
“We want to get her 40th medal. Her spirit lives on. It’s important as it’s the first mini marathon post Covid-19 too.
“She was a very special lady and we’re very excited to remember her and raise some money for charity.”