Thursday 25 May 2017

Dublin Marathon: Brother and sister act

It was a good day for Mayo runners in the National Lottery Marathon on Monday -- especially for Marist Nun Sister Andrena Mulligan who, at age 65, notched up her 100th marathon in 4:44.04.

Running with her younger brother Luke, Sister Andrena finished in almost exactly her predicted time. "I ran my 99th marathon in Longford in August in 4 hours 42 minutes and I set much the same pace in Dublin," she said.

"We were delighted when Mayo AC provided us with singlets in the county colours and we received great encouragement from the thousands of spectators along the race route."

A native of Charlestown, Sr Andrena only took up running at the age of 40 when working in Detroit.

"I have run in all the big city marathons in America and this ranks up there with the best that I have experienced," she said.

Meanwhile, the annual Hollymount International Road Race Festival takes place in Mayo on Sunday week and not Sunday next as stated on some race fixture lists.

Race director Sean Reilly is hoping for a big entry.

The annual festival has been a constant on the fixtures calendar since 1967. The festival incorporates a senior men's and women's event, as well as a race for junior athletes.

"We don't know how the wrong information on our race date came to be printed on a few fixture lists," said Reilly.

"We can guarantee another top-class event on November 13."

Irish Independent

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