Monday 23 October 2017

Speedy mum, dad and toddler make it a family affair

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

for fastest Irish woman Maria McCambridge, the Dublin Marathon was a family affair .

Also pounding the streets were her husband and four-time Irish marathon champion Gary Crossan and, making an early start in his racing career, their 17-month-old son Dylan.

The toddler, the youngest entrant by a mile, had some help as he was whisked around in his buggy.

Enjoying comfort envied by fellow racers, little Dylan had time for a bite to eat and a snooze before he reached the finish line to huge cheers.

"It was a tough marathon, but he enjoyed it," said Gary.

"He wanted out after 10 miles but then he fell asleep afterwards."

Explaining why he decided to bring his son out with him, he said: "Too many kids are sitting in front of computers. This is a great way for him to get some fresh air."

It was a slower than usual marathon for Gary thanks to the extra weight of Dylan and his three-wheel buggy.

However he still completed the course in just over three hours.

He admitted pushing his son uphill at Fosters Avenue felt like a double marathon.

However, Gary was delighted when he learned his wife Maria had been the first Irish woman home and had beaten her personal best to boot.

"Well done you," he told her shortly before she took to the podium.

Irish Independent

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