See anyone you know? Dublin Marathon another success as Kenyan Bernard Rotich takes gold
There were joyful scenes in Dublin’s Merrion Square this afternoon as marathon runners crossed the finish line to cheering crowds after a 26-mile race through the city.
Training clearly paid off for dedicated participants as their proud supporters waved them through the last hurdle.
Gasping for breath but smiling from ear to ear, devoted dad, Keith Russell (34) wore his medal proudly around his neck after running 26 miles while pushing his daughter in a special running wheelchair.
Alanna, who has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, beamed up at her father with a medal around her neck. The pair finished in 3 hours 20 minutes.
Mr Russell has raised €50,000 so far for a €60,000 wheelchair-accessible bus for Meadows Respite Care Home in Navan, Co.Meath.
Meanwhile, Andrew Brett (35) from Rathfarnam finished with a time of 3:12 and said it was the memory of his late friend, Liane Deasy, that pushed him across the line.
Ms Deasy passed away last year aged 34 from nocturnal epilepsy and Mr Brett raced to raise awareness and funds for Epilepsy Ireland in memory of his friend. He managed to get €2,000 alone in the week leading up to the race.
Seasoned runners who have run marathons around the world said this year’s course was tougher than previous years but nothing can compare to the support from an Irish crowd.
Kate Maslin, a new mum originally from Malahide in Dublin now living in Southampton, kept fit throughout her pregnancy and said it paid off when she saw her one-year-old daughter in her dad’s arms waiting for her at the 24th mark.
Bernard Rotich takes home this year's SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon winning title.
The Kenyan ran the marathon in a time of 2.15.53, to be confirmed by marathon chiefs.
Kenyan Freddie Sittuk, running for Raheny, won the national title after a six-month residency in Ireland, while Gary O’Hanlon and Sergiu Ciobanu took up second and third place.
2015 winner Nataliya Lehonkova from Ukraine was the first woman again this year in 2:28.57.
County Down athlete Laura Graham successfully defended her Irish title at the Dublin Marathon.
She was fourth overall in the women's race in a time of 2:39.06 and has booked a spot at next year's European Championships.
Up to 20,000 people ran in this year's marathon.
The 26-mile race stretched from North Circular Road through Drimnagh and Inchicore before passing UCD and finishing up at Merrion Square.
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