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Dundalk’s Mini-Marathon queen Joan

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There has been widespread sadness at the death of Joan Brady at her home Ashgrove, Avenue Road, Dundalk, on Sunday.

Joan, who was originally from Dublin, was known far and wide as an inspirational participant in the Dublin Women’s Mini-Marathon – taking part in every event since it began in 1983.

She had taken up walking as a form of exercise after seeing people doing it 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 were unique at the time as it provided women with the opportunity to exercise outside of a running club. Lifelong friendships were also formed in the group which was famous for the sense of camaraderie among members.