Friday 15 February 2019

Up to 17,000 turn out for Dublin marathon spectacular

Runners taking part in Dublin marathon in 2015
Runners taking part in Dublin marathon in 2015

Up to 17,000 runners took part in the Dublin marathon.

Participants donned Halloween outfits, firefighter kits and even an Eiffel Tower as they supported a variety of causes.

Thousands of competitors and spectators took to the streets for Dublin's flagship race meeting, which began at Fitzwilliam Square on Sunday morning.

Road closures and traffic restrictions were introduced in the city centre.

The wheelchair racers set off first, followed by the elite athletes and other runners a short time later.

Ethiopia's Dereje Debele Tulu won the men's race after taking the lead at the third mile.

Namibia's Helalia Johannes took the women's title.

Moldovan-born Sergiu Ciobanu was the first across the finish line for Ireland.

Patrick Monahan from Caragh, Co Kildare, was the first man in the wheelchair category to cross the finish line.

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