Thursday 18 December 2014

Born to Run: Rock'N'Roll Marathon sets a new record

Published 05/08/2014 | 02:30

Gerard Kirwan, who took part in the Dublin Rock n Roll half marathon finishing in the Phoenix Park today
Gerard Kirwan, who took part in the Dublin Rock n Roll half marathon finishing in the Phoenix Park today
Joanna Coventry, who took part in the Dublin Rock n Roll half marathon finishing in the Phoenix Park

A RECORD-BREAKING 7,500 rockers and runners sprinted through Dublin's Phoenix Park for the second annual Rock'N'Roll Dublin Half Marathon yesterday.

Today FM presenter Mairead Farrell nursed a sprained ankle as she inched over the finish line. "I'm feeling pretty wobbly, but I'm glad I did it," she said.

Newstalk's Bobby Kerr, broadcaster Kathryn Thomas and model Teodora Sutra also took part in the 21.2km race and were thankful for the blue skies.

"Things got pretty heated, but I ploughed through," Kerr said. "Whether I'll be able to walk in the morning is another question."

Bands including the Frank and Walters and Fight Like Apes kept competitors entertained, performing music sets at 13 different stages dotted along the race route.

"It was a great way to keep spirits lifted," said Stephen O'Grady (28). "Hearing the bands rocking out and giving it their all encouraged all the runners to keep going."

Scott Overall from London was the first over the finishing line, with a time of 01:05:19. "It was definitely a challenge and very hilly towards the end," he said.

Sarah Mulligan from Dundrum was awarded the women's title with a time of 1:16:02. "I'm delighted," she said. "Still catching my breath, but absolutely delighted."

Participants from 46 countries took part in the run, which raises funds for Special Olympics Ireland.

Irish Independent

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