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Paddy (74) runs his 33rd London Marathon

Published 23/04/2013 | 05:34

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A remarkable Enniscorthy runner completed his 33rd London marathon at the weekend. Now aged 74, Paddy Dobbs was well shy of his personal best of 2 hours and 26 minutes set when he was in his mid-forties. Nevertheless, he was proud to be able to claim that he is one of the few athletes to have taken part in all of the London marathons.

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Originally from the cathedral town, Paddy Dobbs left for the UK as a teenager and spent much of his life in England. He took up running in earnest only after he stepped down from the boxing ring but proved to be a very stylish performer both on the roads and cross-country. He came back to County Wexford for a while in retirement and made a great impression as member of the Slaney Olympics club.

However he is now back in England and still running in old age.

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