Thursday, January 28, 2021

Dublin Marathon 2017

Through a combination of racing, pacing and spectating there was heavy involvement from Duleek and District AC in this year’s Dublin marathon. The moving of the race from its traditional slot of October bank holiday Monday to the Sunday of the same weekend has proved a popular one. The largest ever field of almost 20,000 who went to post reflected that in addition to being an ample barometer of the ever increasing popularity of running.  With ten of the clubs athletes taking part in the event there was an eclectic mix of novices to the distance and experienced veterans. After the months of preparation, arduous mileage, early mornings, blisters, tapering and psychological preparation for the dreaded ‘wall’ the race set off from Fitzwilliam square in slightly warmer than usual conditions.

As the race meandered and slalomed its way across the city, and out through the Phoenix Park the crowds thronged the footpaths adding colour, atmosphere and warmth which the event is famous for. A large crowd of spectators from Duleek were on hand at regular intervals throughout the course to cheer on their fellow club members. Lisa Chambard and Olivia Woods were two athletes who were making their marathon debuts and they both ran fantastic races which belied their lack of previous experience over the distance.  Samantha Power and Susan Murphy both successfully scaled the wall and went beyond to add Dublin 2018 to their list of completed marathons. Anita Carolan will look back fondly on the 2018 marathon as she flew around in an impressive 3 hours and 42 minutes for a mightily impressive marathon PB. In Paddy Lennon Anita had a partner in crime with Paddy destroying his previous personal best over the 42k distance of 3 hours and 47 minutes.

Steve Gallagher ran a fantastic race to also clear the 4 hour marker at the very first time of asking with 3 hours and 48 minutes with Rob Kieran’s also coming in just before the 4 hour pacer in 3 hours and 56 minutes. Eric Devine has a busy upcoming fortnight with not one, but two major marathons as he gained entry in to the upcoming New York marathon. Eric warmed up nicely for the big apple with a 3 hour and 45 minute effort here. Derek Reilly found time to take some pictures and savour the experience on the way around with Ken Brady and his wife Annemarie getting around the course for better and for worse en route to a well earned marathon finishers medal. The additional responsibility of bringing the athletes targeting a sub 4 hour and 50 minute finish in on time fell to experienced marathon runner Ray Cassin. It was a case of mission successfully completed as Ray fully utilised his experience of running and pacing the distance to assist a number of athletes to shorten their bucket list.


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