Saturday 23 September 2017

Sonia makes her return to capital race 15 years on

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It was her first Dublin Marathon in 15 years, but Sonia O'Sullivan said it was one of the best she has ever run.

Praising the thousands of loved ones and supporters who lined the 26.2-mile marathon route, which brought the capital to a standstill for most of yesterday, the Olympic medallist described them as the "best ever crowd".

The mother-of-two completed the race in just over three hours and three minutes. And even though she found the gusty conditions made the run "pretty tough", the 45-year-old finished the race 12 minutes ahead of the time she had hoped to make.

"I was glad to be in before the big storms came out later in the afternoon.

"I thought we were racing the rain," the Cork native said.

"It was absolutely amazing out there. When you start off, you think it is going to be a long way and you wonder how you are going to get around, and then all of a sudden you are within 10km of the finish line and 5km is when I really feel comfortable," she said as she caught her breath at the finish line.

Sonia O'Sullivan after taking part in the 2015 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon today. 26/10/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Sonia O'Sullivan after taking part in the 2015 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon today. 26/10/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips

The former world champion said she "really enjoyed it" and that yesterday's jaunt was "much nicer" than the last time she ran it in 2000, because the initial Luas work was being carried out then.

"It was absolutely brilliant with the people out on the streets cheering you on. It was really good fun, I really enjoyed it.

"Going through the Phoenix Park was fantastic.

"It wasn't the sunniest day in the world. I had a lot of help out there. There was a few fellas breaking the wind for me. I had a lot of fun out there," she added.

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