Controversy over the participation of long-time supporter of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA), Rosanna Davison, in the Flora Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon recently, was put to bed this week by the organisation’s communications officer, Carmel Murray.
Ms Davison who is a former Miss World, ran the race in what was regarded as a very impressive time of 43 minutes, putting her in the top 60 participants, but when it emerged that her number was not included in the list of competitors who completed the race, questions were raised as to whether or not she had actually completed the race.
Speaking to the Leader on Monday from the ISPCA headquarters in Kenagh, Ms Murray said that Ms Davison had “participated fully” in the mini-marathon and that she had carried out her role to the organisation “to the highest standard”.
“Rosanna Davison fulfilled her commitment to the ISPCA to attend a photo call prior to the Women’s Mini Marathon on June 4 last,” Ms Murray explained, adding that Ms Davison was wearing an ISPCA t-shirt on the day to “raise awareness for the charity”.
“Rosanna has been a long term supporter of the ISPCA and we thank her for her commitment and dedication and for giving her time for free to promote the work of the ISPCA.”
“While Rosanna had not personally fundraised or sought sponsorship she wanted to participate in the event to support the ISPCA and as she did not have a race number with her on the day, an ISPCA staff member offered Rosanna a number that they had registered in their own name before the event commenced,” Ms Murray added.
“Rosanna confirmed that she fully participated in the marathon and we have no reason to query this and so the time that it took Rosanna to complete the marathon has no bearing on the ISPCA.”
Ms Murray also highlighted the fact that those questioning Ms Davison’s time in the mini-marathon “did not realise how good a runner she was”.
“She had completed the event in 51 minutes in 2011 and achived a time of 48 minutes recently,” Ms Murray concluded.