Friday 23 February 2018

See anyone you know? Dublin Marathon another success as Kenyan Bernard Rotich takes gold

Mary McDonnell

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.

Bernard Rotich (pictured right) at this year's SSE Airtricity Marathon in Dublin's City Centre.
Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Bernard Rotich (pictured right) at this year's SSE Airtricity Marathon in Dublin's City Centre. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

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.

Winners

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.

Have a look at our gallery below and see if you recognise any faces.

Runners at the 2017 Dublin Marathon (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Runners at the 2017 Dublin Marathon (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Runners at the 2017 Dublin Marathon (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Runners at the 2017 Dublin Marathon (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Runners at the 2017 Dublin Marathon (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Runners at the 2017 Dublin Marathon (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Runners at the 2017 Dublin Marathon (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Stormtrooper George Bracebridge from Dublin taking part in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2017. Pic Steve Humphreys
Deirdre Manogue from Dublin taking part in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2017. Pic Steve Humphreys
Donal Troddyn from Dublin dressed as a portaloo taking part in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2017. Pic Steve Humphreys
John Murphy from Galway dressed as a Minion taking part in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2017. Pic Steve Humphreys
Hilary Thornton from Dublin and Jennifer Murray from Dublin taking part in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2017. Pic Steve Humphreys
'Robin' aka Roger Craig from Ireland taking part in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2017. Pic Steve Humphreys
Adrian Reyes Gonzalez from Spain taking part in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2017. Pic Steve Humphreys
The start of the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2017. Pic Steve Humphreys
Jenny Farrell , Thomas Ennis and Audrey Ennis all from Donabate Dublin taking part in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2017. Pic Steve Humphreys
Jenny Farrell and Audrey Ennis both from Donabate Dublin taking part in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2017. Pic Steve Humphreys
David Conachy from Slane taking part in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2017. Pic Steve Humphreys
Frank Murphy and Sinead Gannon both from Dublin taking part in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2017. Pic Steve Humphreys
Keith Russell and daughter Alanna Russell who are running for The Meadows Respite Care Home in Navan taking part in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2017. Pic Steve Humphreys
The start of the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2017. Pic Steve Humphreys
Brian Derrig from Dublin taking part in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2017. Pic Steve Humphreys
Christine Ainsworth from Canada taking part in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2017. Pic Steve Humphreys
Runners at the 2017 Dublin Marathon (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Runners at the 2017 Dublin Marathon (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Runners at the 2017 Dublin Marathon (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Runners at the 2017 Dublin Marathon (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Runners at the 2017 Dublin Marathon (Photo: Steve Humphreys)

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