Irish double is icing on the cake for capital's enduring marathon
With a record entry of 14,500 runners, the Dublin City Marathon yesterday was a celebration of both the capital city and the grit and determination of the men and women taking part. The fact that it was the first Irish double in 20 years was a great boost for this spectacular occasion, which is now in its 34th year and part of the city's events calendar.
Great credit must go to 28-year-old Co Clare school teacher Sean Hehir, who finished in a time of 2 hours 18 minutes; Paul Hannan, who was the first wheelchair finisher in a time of 2 hours 34 minutes; and Maria McCambridge, from Dundrum, Co Dublin, the first woman to finish the 26-mile road race, in a time of 2 hours 38 minutes.
Although there wasn't big prize money on offer to attract the professional runners, this in itself may have enhanced the day for many, including thousands of spectators, as it attracted many runners from home and abroad who believed that the taking part was the important part of the event.