Friday 25 May 2018

WATCH: See any familiar faces? Thousands hit capital for Dublin City Marathon

Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

Almost 20,000 people took part in today’s Dublin Marathon, including about 5,700 from abroad.

The gruelling 26-mile run left people tired, pained and most of all proud as they sprinted, walked and staggered across the finish line.

Gerard McAdorey, from Antrim, ken Byrne, Dublin and Niall Byrne, Dublin during the Dublin city Marathon. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Gerard McAdorey, from Antrim, ken Byrne, Dublin and Niall Byrne, Dublin during the Dublin city Marathon. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Mark Fitch from Norfolk dressed as Elvis competes in the Dublin city Marathon. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 30/10/2016
Giovanni Brozzu, from Dublin during the Dublin city Marathon. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Runners pass a motorbike which was left on the course during the Dublin city Marathon. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Runners start the Dublin city Marathon. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Almost 20,000 people hit the streets of the capital for the Dublin City Marathon (Photo: Damien Eagers)
Runners pass a motorbike which was left on the course during the Dublin city Marathon. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Almost 20,000 people hit the streets of the capital for the Dublin City Marathon (Photo: Damien Eagers)
Almost 20,000 people hit the streets of the capital for the Dublin City Marathon (Photo: Damien Eagers)
Almost 20,000 people hit the streets of the capital for the Dublin City Marathon (Photo: Damien Eagers)
Almost 20,000 people hit the streets of the capital for the Dublin City Marathon (Photo: Damien Eagers)

We went to the finish line to talk to the ambitious runners who took on the challenge; the runners made up a diverse group, but everyone spoke about the amazing atmosphere and supportive crowd.

Aurore came all the way from France to participate in the marathon; she said it was a “very great” event.

Brian Mahon from Cork finished his third marathon today with a little creativity; he dressed as a skeleton to celebrate Halloween, face paint and all.

Brian said it was his “best marathon yet” and that the crowd were especially supportive when they saw his costume.

Lucy Brennan from Sligo, who has completed more than 26 marathons to date, said crossing the finish line and achieving the time you aim for is a “wonderful feeling”.

David Brady and Barry Lenihan, both from Dublin, said marathons are “addictive”.

“Never again; that’s what we say after every marathon and then we’re back out again,” they laughed. “It’s an addiction I suppose; you get such a rush from crossing the finish line and from the crowd support.”

Derek Callan and Aidan Campbell came from Castleblayney to run in the marathon. Aidan has been running the Dublin marathon since 1994; he said the atmosphere in Dublin was very special.

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