Over 14,350 entered for this years Dublin Marathon which was run on October 29th.

The chilly October temperatures meant the city's course record of 2:08:33 seconds went unbroken, although the man who set it in 2011, Kenya's Geoffrey Ndungu, returned to claim glory again for 2012 in a time of 2:11:09.

Leading home the women was his compatriot Magdalene Mukunza some 22 minutes later.

Representing the Irish, Belfast doctor, Paul Pollock finished in ninth overall in his debut Dublin Marathon. Second Irishman home and another marathon debutante was Sean Hehir from Kilkishen, Co Clare, who is a primary school teacher. He was cheered on by his pupils from the Oblate Primary School in Inchicore.

"I know a lot of guys in the club talk about going to Amsterdam, going to New York, Boston, but the atmosphere out there is second to none," he said.

Maria McCambridge, as the first Irishwoman to cross the line, shaved one precious second off her personal best to finish in seventh place overall in a time of 2:35:28.

Meanwhile, it was a Welsh one-two in the wheelchair race with Luke Jones finishing first followed by Richie Powell.

Thousands lined the course cheering on their loved ones as well as strangers. Those lining the final mile were amongst the most vocal, willing the weary masses to make one final push.

PSNI officer Justin Maxwell, stationed in Ballymena, took 2hrs 42mins and Garda Supt Paul Moran, stationed in Ballymun, 2hrs 43mins (first garda and first PSNI officer home)

 

Paul said, 'I’m very, very happy. Conditions were excellent out there today. The crowds were absolutely fantastic, you couldn’t beat it. The marathon started an hour earlier than last year and the crowds were still there. This is my 80th marathon; I think I have done about 12 Dublin Marathons. It feels great to be the first garda home, but . . . that little hill at mile 21 was tough. The crowds are all there because they want to see a bit of pain. There is about 150 gardaí and about 40 PSNI officers running together today.' Justin said, 'It’s brilliant running with the gardaí . . . and the hospitality is second to none. For the first half today, I didn’t know how my legs would hold up but I stayed patient.'

 

7th October 2012
Dublin
Ireland
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