Over 40,000 women have taken part in the Flora mini-marathon in Dublin today, organisers claim the event is the biggest all-women event in the world.

The event was won by Catriona Jennings from Letterkenny, Co Donegal, in 35 minutes and 28 seconds.

The 10km race started at 3pm on Upper Fitzwilliam Street.

An estimated €14m was raised by participants for charities all over Ireland in 2010's race.

Meanwhile, the Cork City Marathon got under way at 9am, with approximately 8,500 people taking part.

Moldovian Sergiu Ciobanu won in a record time of 2:25:34, beating the official record he set last year for the marathon by 20 seconds.

He is also the reigning national marathon champion in Ireland.

The first woman over the line was Angela McCann of Clonmel Athletic Club who finished with a time of 2:53:31.

Sonia O'Sullivan officially launched the marathon this morning.

She took part in the race for what was her first full marathon in Cork in ten years.