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Mairead is "shattered" after sunny Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in city

The sun was shining and spirits were high as 7,500 runners crossed the line at this year's Rock 'N' Roll Dublin Half Marathon.

Today FM presenter Mairead Farrell, model Teodora Sutra and her boyfriend James Murphy were some of the well-know faces taking part in the 21km trek along Dublin's quays, through Kilmainham and the Phoenix Park.

"I am shattered," Farrell told the Herald afterwards, having completed the race in over two hours (02:17:34).

"Completely and utterly wrecked. It was the toughest half-marathon I have done. Those hills at the end were a struggle but it was worth it.


"The sun was shining, music playing and the crowds were cheering us along like there was no tomorrow, so that helped. Now I'm hopping in a shower and head to Connemara to film Ireland's Fittest Families so it's a pretty hectic day."

Thirteen bands including The Frank and Walters and Fight Like Apes kept the competitors entertained with musical sets along the track.

"It was a great way to keep spirits lifted," musician Stephen O'Grady (28), from Dun Laoghaire, said.

"I was performing a gig last night so am looking forward to collapsing into bed and sleeping."

Ger Kirwan from Pulse Triathlon described the run as "gas craic". "The place was buzzing," he said.

Kirwan ran the marathon wearing a novelty wig. "It was very hot with the wig - but I think it was a good rocker look."

Annmarie Kenny, from Wicklow, was pleased to greet her children Bo, Jessica and Charlie at the finish line. "I will spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the sunshine and eating penny sweets," she laughed.