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Sunday 18 February 2018

Dubs star Michael Darragh Macauley runs 10k race hours after securing league title

Michael Darragh Macauley does his Usain Bolt pose with the National League trophy after the Samsung Night Run in Dublin
Michael Darragh Macauley does his Usain Bolt pose with the National League trophy after the Samsung Night Run in Dublin
Dublin footballers Denis Bastick and Michael Darragh Macauley taking part in the 10km Samsung Night Run on the streets of Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Dublin footballers Michael Darragh Macauley and Denis Bastick joined 8,000 runners who took to the traffic-free streets of Dublin and Cork city centres last night to participate in the Samsung Night Run. INPHO/Morgan Treacy
Dublin footballers Michael Darragh Macauley and Denis Bastick joined 8,000 runners who took to the traffic-free streets of Dublin and Cork city centres last night to participate in the Samsung Night Run. INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Modern GAA players are well-oiled machines but running a 10km race hours after helping Dublin to a fourth league title in a row is really hammering home the point.

Last year's Footballer of the Year Michael Darragh Macauley is renowned for his barnstorming runs and seemingly endless energy and after helping Dublin to a facile win over Derry in the Division One League final at GAA headquarters, he ran in last night's Samsung Night Run on the streets of the capital.

He tweeted a picture of his best Usain Bolt pose and then the message: "Great night, 10 km of pain but the happy bunch dragged me around the course. I was informed I'm 'No Bryan Cullen' several times however."

Organised in partnership with Dublin and Cork City Councils, the Samsung Night Run took place in both cities simultaneously and saw around 8,000 runners pounding the streets.

Celebrating its third successive year, the Dublin event started at Custom House Quay with runners wearing the now familiar luminous T-shirts.

The inaugural 10k Cork Night Run started on Patrick Street and finished on Grand Parade.

The first man over the line in Dublin was Peter Brandon Somba from Kenya in a time of 30.09, and the first woman was Siobhan O'Doherty from Tipperary in a time of 35.35.

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