Asefa Bekele wins men's Dublin Marathon while Cork's Lizzie Lee runs superb time to finish third in women's race
Ethiopia's Asefa Bekele has won the 2018 men's Dublin Marathon after crossing the finish line in a time of 2:13:23.
Bekele's compatriot Mesera Dubiso won the women's race, coming home in a time of 2:33:48. Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrocks won the Irish Athletics National Marathon, finishing two-and-a-half minutes behind Bekele with a time of 2:15:57.
Cork's Lizzie Lee ran superbly in the women's race, finishing in third place while also claiming the women's Irish Athletics National Marathon title with a time of 2:35:04.
Speaking after the race, Lee said she was overjoyed with her performance.
"An Irish woman on the overall podium, I am thrilled with that! I am thrilled with the time, I am thrilled with the place and I know my little girl is out there somewhere I can’t wait to give her a hug," she said.
"I needed redemption after Berlin. I felt like the last few miles got away from me. I am absolutely over the moon. I am a Mum of two small girls and I work full time. Running is my hobby and I am on a podium with two Ethiopian girls. Every second step I was getting a shout of ‘Lizzie’ or ‘Leevale’. From the RDS on I felt like everyone else was doing the running for me."
Mick Clohisey was similarly delighted with his national title.
"First time to run Dublin, the home town, so I was really looking forward to this marathon," he said.
"I got stuck in early on, it was quite a slow start but then eventually the lads started to pick it up after we left the park. I managed to reel off about six or seven lads from about 18 miles on, so I just kept focusing ahead. I felt strong, one or two tough patches as always but I enjoyed the atmosphere along the course, some of the areas and crowds are just brilliant and you have in your head that it’s a nice finish so it gives you confidence. Really enjoyed it and happy to get the National title as well."