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Sunday 21 September 2014

Fit and famous: Celebrities join the masses for Rock 'n' Roll half marathon

Kirsty Blake-Knox

Published 04/08/2014 | 11:29

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Mairead Farrell from today FM who took part in the Dublin Rock n Roll half marathon finishing in the Phoenix Park today. 4/8/2014. Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Mairead Farrell from Today FM who took part in the Dublin Rock n Roll half marathon finishing in the Phoenix Park today. Photo: Fergal Phillips.
Stephen O'Grady, who took part in the Dublin Rock n Roll half marathon finishing in the Phoenix Park today. 4/8/2014. Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Stephen O'Grady, who took part in the Dublin Rock n Roll half marathon finishing in the Phoenix Park today. Photo: Fergal Phillips
Gerard Kirwan, who took part in the Dublin Rock n Roll half marathon finishing in the Phoenix Park today. 4/8/2014. Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Gerard Kirwan, who took part in the Dublin Rock n Roll half marathon finishing in the Phoenix Park today. Photo: Fergal Phillips

The sun was shining and spirits were high as 7,500 sprinters crossed the line at this years Rock 'N' Roll Dublin Half Marathon.

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Today FM presenter Mairead Farrell, Bobby Kerr, model Teodora Sutra and her boyfriend James Murphy were some of the well know faces taking part in the 21K trek along Dublin's quays, through Kilmainham and the Phoenix Park.

"I am shattered," Farrell told the Irish Independent afterwards having completed the race in just over two and a quarter hours (02:17:34).

"Completely and utterly wrecked. It was the toughest half marathon I have done. Those hills at the end were a struggle but it was worth it.

"The sun was shining, music playing and the crowds were cheering us along like there was no tomorrow so that helped. Now I'm hopping in a shower and heading to Connemara to film Ireland's Fittest Families so it's a pretty hectic day."

Thirteen bands including The Frank and Walters and Fight Like Apes kept the competitors entertained with musical sets as they hurtled along the track.

"It was a great way to keep spirits lifted," Musician Stephen O'Grady (28) Dun Laoghaire, said.

Kishan Migtn, who took part in the Dublin Rock n Roll half marathon finishing in the Phoenix Park today. 4/8/2014. Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Kishan Migtn, who took part in the Dublin Rock n Roll half marathon finishing in the Phoenix Park today. Photo: Fergal Phillips

"I was performing a gig last night so am looking forward to collapsing into bed and sleeping for the rest of the day."

Ger Kirwan from Pulse Triathlon described the run as "gas craic".

"It was a very tough course but the place was buzzing and the atmosphere along the way was electric," he said.

Kirwan ran the marathon wearing a novelty wig - something he regretted given the high temperatures. "It was very, very hot with the wig but I think it was a good rocker look."

Annmarie Kenny from Wicklow was pleased to greet her children Bo, Jessica and Charlie at the finish line.

"It's a great start to the day, I will spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the sunshine and eating penny sweets," she laughed.

Scott Overall from Sutton in the UK  was the first over the finishing line with a time of 01:05:19.

Sarah Mulligan from Dundrum was the first lady across the finish line with a time of 01:16:02.

"I'm delighted," she said afterwards. "Still catching my breath but absolutely delighted."

John FitzSimons and Sean Lambe (76) were the two oldest runners taking part. Participants from 46 countries took part in the run which raises funds for Special Olympics Ireland. 

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