The weeks are slowly counting down towards the June Bank Holiday weekend and the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, and three familiar faces are looking forward to the big day, having already faced up to big challenges themselves this year.

Clare Scanlon, Noeleen Lynam and Lucy Dillon will be well known to viewers of the massively popular RTÉ show Operation Transformation, and the three ladies are now gearing up for their next milestone – the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon.

The three Leaders from the RTÉ show are looking forward to the event as they continue the training regimes that saw them drop a combined 64.9 lbs over the course of the show.

Clare Scanlan is fighting through the pain barrier at the moment with a troublesome knee injury but she is adamant that it will not stop her making the finish line in Dublin in June.

I’m not setting out to jog it because of my surgery. I have my cartilige torn and i am aiming to walk it but I hope to jog a little bit too. They are kicking off a new park run in Newcastle West in the coming weeks and I will definitely be doing that but at the moment I’m walking every couple of nights and cycling.

“I’m doing the bike to suit my knee, it’s non-resistant, you’re not putting pressure on it, but I’m also walking two nights a week plus the exercises online from Karl Henry so it’s a combination of all those you know. ”

One of the most important things aspects of the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is of course the fact that it is something for women of all ages, and abilities to enjoy and Clare says that even if she can’t run it, she’ll still finish it and use the training as part of a healthy life-style.

A lot of people walk it anyway- the majority of people do walk it. Running isn’t for everyone, it might never be for me even, but you never know!

This [staying healthy and fit] is a long term project. I have come a long way in a short time, the intensity we had on Operation Transformation, I suppose you couldn’t sustain that. Right now it’s about preparing for the Mini-Marathon and getting into a rhythm that suits your lifestyle. I’ll definitely keep it up and won’t go back to the way I was definitely.

Her fellow Operation Transformation leaders Noeleen Lynam and Lucy Dillon were in full agreement that the fitness kick wouldn’t stop once the cameras stopped rolling on the show and Noeleen is working hard to get herself ready for the race.

It’s going well,” she says of her prep. “I downloaded a plan, we had the app for doing the 5k and now I’ve to move up to the 10k and I’m following that to the best of my ability and it’s going well – hopefully I’ll be ready for June!

I know with Operation Transformation people say “oh my gosh [what happens] once it finishes?” but they (RTÉ) are very good and we had a life coach session with Dr Eddie where your goals for the next year were set out, either fitness or in other areas. I actually find that I try to do the running and swimming every second day and the resistance training on the other days, and I have got to the stage that I feel if I don’t do them I’m missing out. I feel bad for not doing them! It’s not something that would have happened before but you get into that way of thinking and when you know how good you feel after doing the exercise, you don’t want to give that up.

Lucy Dillon agrees and believes that park run is the perfect way to get yourself ready for the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. She says having the goal of the race has helped her carry on her work from the show.

It has definitely, if not helping me even more. My fitness regime is stricter than my food plan at the moment – that hasn’t gone out the window, I’m lighter now than I was on the show- but my fitness plan is going very well.

“I find it easier now, I’m doing more exercise  than when I was on the show because Op Trans was very intense, trying to fit everything in. I can now do it at my own leisure rather than fitting it around the camera. Even on Wednesday night there I did a 10k in Dundalk and that’s something I couldn’t do when on the show.

“I do the park run every Saturday morning and that gives me confidence knowing that I have that every Saturday. Other than that I’m on a ten week training plan, the interval training is good. I signed up for the 10k to give me a taste of it.

Her advice for anyone still thinking about signing up for the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is do it and then get yourself down to the nearest park run to get into your stride.

Jump in, do the park run, there’s plenty of people doing it and that will push you on because you’re not on your own. There’s still plenty of time to get ready for the mini-marathon. You can walk it if you want, and anything you do between now and then is a bonus really.

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Ireland’s leading sports retailer Elverys Intersport are delighted to launch a new partnership with the Women’s GPA. The company, which has long been associated with Gaelic Games, is backing Ladies Football and Camogie players to help them reach their potential on, and off, the field of play. In supporting the WGPA’s Affinity scheme, sportswear provision and player promotion activities, Elverys Intersport are making a significant contribution to elite female athletes across the country. With over 50 stores nationwide and 100% Irish owned, Elverys Intersport are ideally placed to support and celebrate the contribution of female Gaelic athletes to communities across right Ireland.

The launch was officially marked at the Elverys Intersport Croke Park store on Saturday with players including Mayo’s Fiona McHale in attendance. Aoife Lane, chair of the Women’s GPA paid tribute to the company for their support. “It’s fantastic for us to partner with such a strong and dynamic Irish brand. It’s very clear we have a shared passion for helping the people we work with achieve their full sporting potential. We see a very bright future with Elverys Intersport, beginning with their support for our membership scheme and our BehindThePlayer campaign. Increasing the visibility of our athletes instore and telling their inspirational stories online will resonate strongly from intercounty to grass roots level.”

Speaking about the partnership, Anne-Marie Hanly, Senior Marketing Manager said “we are delighted to be working with an association that shows so much ambition and promise for the future of these women and their sport. As one of the longest running sponsors of Irish sport, we are embedded in many communities all over Ireland and this partnership will allow us to further engage with the WGPA members and offer them support through various initiatives.”

Check out the WGPA’s latest BehindThePlayer videos, supported by Elverys Intersport, at or on their facebook page. 


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Cristiano Ronaldo & Nike have unleashed the second chapter in the CR7 range – the CR7 Mercurial Superfly: Natural Diamond.

This time the story moves on to the Portuguese captain’s time in Lisbon as his career moved onwards and upwards.  Allegedely the sparkle aesthetic decorating the boot is based on Ronaldo’s lifestyle and you can certainly see it is as flash as the man himself. It is a frankly bloody lovely looking boot in it’s Superfly, Vapor and Victory incarnations – just enough swagger and style yet understated. You can’t really ask for much more than that!

Get your hands on the newest addition to the CR7 range now at Elverys Intersport –


Hayley Coleman is one of the most best known make-up artists in the country and will this year be running the VHI WMM for the first time. will be following her progress as she gears up the run on Monday June 6th.

It hasn’t been ideal training weather in the last couple of weeks but Elverys ambassador Hayley has still kept up the hard work ahead of the VHI Women’s Mini-Marathon as she explains.

“Because the weather is just so bad recently I really didn’t want to go outside! I did a 6k run on Sunday last but I have been doing more in the gym, strength & conditioning and that – it’s keeping me on my toes. I’ll try and get a run in over the weekend, but it is so horrible with the storms and wind… With the evenings getting a bit brighter though it will be a help, but overall training hasn’t been too bad, I’m getting on ok.”

She points out that despite the less than desirable conditions doesn’t mean that you need to shelf the training.

“Exactly. I was doing a lot of treadmill work and trying to get out on the road but the weather put paid to that. Having said that the weather has improved a bit and hopefully I’ll get a half an hour run in over the next couple of days to keep up my fitness. When the weather is that bad I try and push myself a bit more in the gym because it helps with the overall fitness really and that’s as important as anything. I feel myself getting fitter though when I do get out to run as well.”

With the knowledge that the better prepared you are for any event the better, Hayley has been wearing the Shock Absorber Max Sports bra and EVB Sports Leggings and she is delighted with how much protection and support they have provided in her runs.

“The Shock Absorber are amazing, very, very good. Some girls don’t wear sports bras when running and I think that is just ridiculous because they are so helpful. The EVB are great, they give you so much support in your core, they keep everything in – you’re not wobbling around,” she laughed, “but it really does help mentally as well when you know you have the right gear, it helps you when you’re getting out there to run.”

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“The great thing as well is that you wouldn’t notice them, they are not intrusive at all. I’ve worn them for running and they really do help support your posture. The EVB are so great for that, and the Shock Absorber gives you such support as well. I’ve had people with back issues ask me about the EVB and I have to say I’d have no problem recommending them at all.”

“They’re black as well, you can’t go wrong – they are fashionable, and when they’re fashionable that’s also important ha!”

While the weeks are counting down to the big day, Hayley is not getting worried focusing on the event just yet.

“I’m not even thinking about it [June 6th] to be honest. I’m just looking to get fitter and starting to enjoy running more. It’s coming much easier, it’s not a chore any more, I’m enjoying it now, maybe it’s because I am getting better at it. When I miss a day I feel like I want to get out there and do something more. Running for me was difficult and I still do find it tough – it doesn’t come easy to me. Everything else isn’t too hard, but running is tough, but I feel as if I am getting better at it and that’s a great feeling.”

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