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Runner in serious condition after suffering heart attack at finish line of Dublin Marathon

Published 28/10/2013 | 14:43

A RUNNER collapsed suffering from a cardiac arrest at the finish line of the Airtricity Dublin Marathon this morning.

Organisers of the marathon said the man was treated at the scene by St John’s Ambulance, who then transferred him to nearby St Vincent's Hospital, where he is now in a serious condition.

It is understood he was among the thousands of runners crossing the line after four hours running.

"We are very concerned about his wellbeing," organisers said.

"He was a competitor and he collapsed at the finish line. Members of St John's Ambulance treated him and he was taken to hospital almost immediately."

"We are staying very much in touch with the hospital to keep up-to-date with how he is doing," they said.

28/10/2013. Pictured at Fitzwilliam Square participants of a 14,500 strong crowd take on the Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Photo: El Keegan
28/10/2013. Pictured at Fitzwilliam Square participants of a 14,500 strong crowd take on the Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Photo: El Keegan
28/10/2013. Pictured is Lynn Ruan from Tallaght after she crossed the finish line at the Airtricity Dublin Marathon. She ran with a photo of her father John who passed away from Parkinsons. Photo: El Keegan
28/10/2013. Pictured is Claire O'Dwyer from Bray Garda Station after she crossed the finish line at the Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Photo: El Keegan
Craig McKechnie at the finish
28/10/2013. Pictured is Lisa Digger after she crossed the finish line at the Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Photo: El Keegan
28/10/2013. Pictured is Kevin Gallagher from Warrenpoint after he crossed the finish line at the Airtricity Dublin Marathon. He ran Photo: El Keegan
28/10/2013. Pictured is Larry Rigney from Geashill after he crossed the finish line at the Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Photo: El Keegan
28/10/2013. Pictured is cancer survivor John Quigley after he crossed the finish line at the Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Photo: El Keegan
28/10/2013. Pictured is Paul Harris, after he crossed the finish line. Paul lost his 2 year old daughter to a bacterial infection, he ran the Dublin Marathon holding his daughter's soother and raised a substantial sum of money for the NSPCC. Photo: El Keegan
28/10/2013. Pictured are Damien McFadden and his son Sean, 2 after he crossed the finish line at the Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Photo: El Keegan
28/10/2013. Pictured are (LtoR) Vicki Neeson, Roisin Keonn, Deborah Neeson and Eoin, 14mths, from co. Down cheering on Eoin's Daddy as he passes the last mile on Grand Canal street at the Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Photo: El Keegan
28/10/2013. PIctured are Robert and Charlie Costello (15mths) coming to the last mile on Grand Canal street participants of a 14,500 strong crowd take on the Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Photo: El Keegan
28/10/2013. Pictured the Glynn family John, Gavin, 3 and Conor 7 cheer on the athletes coming to the last mile on Grand Canal street who are running for little Gavin who is a patient of St John's Ward in Crumlin Hospital. 25 runners competed to raise funds for 'Superglynn' at the Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Photo: El Keegan
28/10/2013. Pictured is Sean McShane, from Belfast face his last mile on Grand Canal Street sporting an early Halloween costume at the Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Photo: El Keegan
28/10/2013. Pictured is Don Travers, Newry, co Down after he crossed the finish line at the Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Photo: El Keegan
28/10/2013. Pictured Maria McCambridge, who took first place is greeted by her husband Gary Crossan who crossed the finish line shortly after his wife at the Airtricity Dublin Marathon this bank holiday Monday. Photo: El Keegan
28/10/2013. Pictured Cedric Schramm from Sarreguemines, France takes a bow before he crossed the finish line at the Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Photo: El Keegan
28/10/2013. Pictured at Fitzwilliam Square is 'The Chief' James Hemsphey one of a 14,500 strong crowd take on the Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Photo: El Keegan
28/10/2013. Pictured Benmessaoud Yamin and Brianan McBride from Dundalk start strong at Fitzwilliam Square at the Airtricity Dublin Marathon.Photo: El Keegan
28/10/2013. Pictured is Linda Maher from Rathfarmham who kicked off the Airtricity Dublin Marathon with a kick in her step at Fitzwilliam Square. Photo: El Keegan
28/10/2013 Winner of The dublin City Marathon Sean O Hehir from Rathfarnam WSAF is congratulated by his mother Cushla Murphy- Hehir during the Airtricity Marathon 2013 on Merrion Square , Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
28/10/2013 Winner of the Womens Dublin city marathon Maria McCambridge during the Airtricity Marathon 2013 in Merrion Square , Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
28/10/2013 Cedric Schramm takes a bow during the Airtricity Marathon 2013 on Merrion Square , Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
28/10/2013 Winner of the Womens Dublin city marathon Maria McCambridge is congratulated husband Gary Crossan during the Airtricity Marathon 2013 on Merrion Square , Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Runners at the start of the 38th Airtricity Dublin Marathon in Dublin, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 28, 2013. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Runners at the start of the 38th Airtricity Dublin Marathon in Dublin, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 28, 2013. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Runners in fancy dress start the 38th Airtricity Dublin Marathon in Dublin, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 28, 2013. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Runners in fancy dress at the start of the 34th Airtricity Dublin Marathon in Dublin, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 28, 2013. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Mens winner Sean Hehir crosses the finish line of the 34th Airtricity Dublin Marathon in Dublin, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 28, 2013. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Women's winner Maria McCambridge with her husband Gary Crossan after crossing the finish line of the 34th Airtricity Dublin Marathon in Dublin, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 28, 2013. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Womens winner Maria McCambridge crosses the finish line of the 34th Airtricity Dublin Marathon in Dublin, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 28, 2013. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Womens winner Maria McCambridge crosses the finish line of the 34th Airtricity Dublin Marathon in Dublin, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 28, 2013. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Mens winner Sean Hehir crosses the finish line of the 34th Airtricity Dublin Marathon in Dublin, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 28, 2013. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Mens winner Sean Hehir crosses the finish line of the 34th Airtricity Dublin Marathon in Dublin, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 28, 2013. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Runners during the 34th Airtricity Dublin Marathon in Dublin, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 28, 2013. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Runners in fancy dress during the 34th Dublin Marathon today PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 28, 2013. See PA story Stand alone Marathon. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Runners in fancy dress at the start of the 34th Airtricity Dublin Marathon in Dublin, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 28, 2013. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Runners at the start of the 34th Airtricity Dublin Marathon in Dublin, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 28, 2013. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Belfast Runner Colin Draine starts the 34th Airtricity Dublin Marathon in Dublin, Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 28, 2013. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Participants at the start of the Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2013
Astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield tweeted this message "Thanks to Donal Troddyn for helping me run my first ever Dublin Marathon!" after seeing this picture from the Dublin Marathon
Participants make their way past Trinity College
Participants during the Airtricity Dublin Marathon
Kerry footballer Colm Cooper hands out a bottle of Lucozade Sport to Declan O'Flaherty from Athlone
Jacqui Dunphy, left, Glasnevin, Dublin and Alison O' Sullivan, Drumcondra, Dublin, members of Clonliffe Harriers AC
Participants David Neale, left, and Lee Mulvihilll both from Ballsbridge
From left, Xavier Ducros, William Pinet Sylva Bercegeau and Fabrice Aupetid all from Nantes, France
Winner of The Dublin City Marathon, Sean O Hehir, from Rathfarnam WSAF, is congratulated by his mother Cushla Murphy-Hehir
Pictured are, from left, Eoin (14 months) and his Mum Deborah Neeson from Co Down cheering on Eoin's father as he passes the last mile on Grand Canal Street
Robert and Charlie Costello (15 months) coming to the last mile on Grand Canal Street
A general view of competitors in action during the Dublin Marathon
Eventual winner Sean Hehir from Inchicore
Emma Corbett and Noel McGrath
Participants during the Airtricity Dublin Marathon
Jason Kennedy of Independent.ie is proud of his medal at the finish line
Participants pass through Kilmainham
Richard Dornan from Dublin
Participants make their way on to Westmoreland Street past the Bank of Ireland
James Hemphsey, from Clondalkin, Dublin
Participants make their way along O'Connell Street past the GPO
Participants make their way along Westmoreland Street
Participants make their way along Westmoreland Street
A general view of the start of the Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2013
Mark Lacey, from Clondalkin, Dublin
Participants make their way across O'Connell Bridge
Participants during the Airtricity Dublin Marathon
Participants make their way across O'Connell Bridge
Sean Hehir, Rathfarnham WSAF AC, Dublin, crosses the line to become the first Irishman to win the event in 20 years
Women's race winner Maria McCambridge celebrates with her husband Gary Crossan after they both finished the Dublin Marathon
Maria McCambridge, Dundrum South Dublin AC
Lisa Donohoe from Swords
Participants, from left, Diarmuid Lynch and Ciaran Sweeney from Galway

The man's difficulties put a dampener on what had been - until then - a feelgood event for Ireland, as the country claimed the winner in both the men's and women's events for the first time in 20 years.

Primary school teacher Sean Hehir (28), from Kilkishen, Co Clare, landed the race in 2:18:19 on a cold St Jude's day, holding off the advances of 6ft 2in Joe Sweeney who finished in his wake.

Sean's mother Cushla Murphy-Hehir told how she had not been able to sleep the night before the race due to her nerves.

Her son was taken to the elite massage tent to try and recover from the gruelling 26.2 miles trek across the city.

"He has trained very very hard," said the proud mother, who was also a runner alongside John Treacy in the '80s.

"He has trained twice a day - 6.30am and 6.30pm. He did altitude for three weeks in the summer. This is his second ever marathon he was second of the Irish last year," said Mrs Murphy-Hehir.

The Dublin-based primary schoolteacher won after a fantastic two-man tussle with Dundrum South Dublin's Joe Sweeney.

The two slogged it out in a fascinating duel for most of the race.They went through half-way together  in 68 minutes and 25 seconds, which left them headed for a sub-2:18 run but the second half took its toll on both of them.

They've been side-by-side for the first half of the race but, at mile 14 debutant Sweeney looked the stronger when he made a decisive move to open up a quick nine second-gap by throwing in a quick 5.08 mile.

But Hehir caught up with him and made his own big move in the 20th mile through Clonskeagh, pulling clear going up Milltown Hill and never looking back.

It was still  a great marathon debut for Sweeney, who finished less than a minute adrift in 2:19.26 and long-time Irish resident and Moldovan international Sergio Ciobanu (Clonliffe) was third in 2:22:02.

Sweeney's DSD clubmate Maria McCambridge was the big women's pre-race favourite and led through half-way in 79 minutes and 25 seconds but Cork's Claire McCarthy-Gibbons (Leevale) overtook her in the 18th mile and the two women had a fantastic tussle over the final six miles.

Defending Irish champion McCambridge somehow managed to battle back and retained her title in 2:38.51, with McCarthy second  in 2:39.27 and Tullamore Olympian Pauline Curley was third in 2:42.58.

Earlier,hopes were high that an Irish runner might be first person past the finishing post at Merrion Square North for the first time in 20-years.

Earlier this year, in the absence of a headline sponsor, Dublin organisers were forced to cut the elite race fund, which meant the usual invitations were not issued to some of the East African runners who have dominated in recent years.

Race organiser Jim Aughney revealed people had still travelled from far and wide to take  part in the race, with runners from 47 countries taking part.

Mr Aughney told how the popular race had attracted around 2,000 from the UK, around 500 from the US and a group of 12 over for the first time from the Philippines.

In addition, he told how hundreds of thousands of euro would be raised for their two chosen charities Temple Street and Focus Ireland, with many other runners picking their own personal worthy causes.

"We were sweating for the last couple of days," he said, adding it had been a "serious" day as they tried to erect the marques and signs.

More than 10,000 Irish people took part in the 26.2 mile race and a further 4,000 representing around 47 different nationalities travelled to the country.

Welsh National Champion Alun Evans was the only elite international male runner to participate.

Members of An Garda Siochana and the Police Service of Northern Ireland joined forces for the fifth year running and took part under the Garda Athletics Club vest.

The officers, who raised funds for different causes close to them, were cheered on by the Garda Band and the Assistant Commissioner for the Dublin Metropolitan Region.

By Louise Hogan

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