There was a rare gathering of former Dublin Marathon race directors at a breakfast event in the Mansion House on Monday, hosted by Dublin's Lord Mayor, Oisín Quinn.
As the marathon got under way, former race directors and committee members Frank Slevin, Ned Sweeney, Alex Sweeney, Annette Croke and Marian Kavanagh swapped stories over breakfast of marathons past, and were later joined on the steps of the Mansion House by Quinn, Olympic 1,500m champion Ronnie Delany and former Dublin Marathon winner Neil Cusack, the only Irish runner to have won the Boston Marathon.
Just before the photo was about to be taken, current Airtricity Dublin Marathon race director Jim Aughney could be seen pedalling up Dawson Street on a bicycle after making sure that all marathon runners were sent safely on their way from the start. Aughney then abandoned his bike and joined the other former race directors who, over the years, also played their part in the marathon's success.
"It was a real scramble for me to make it to the Mansion House, but I wanted to be there to pay tribute to some great people who kept the Dublin Marathon on track through years of dedicated service," Aughney said.