With a record entry of over 14,600 runners, the Airtricity Dublin Marathon was a celebration of both the capital city and the grit and determination of the men and women taking part. The fact that it was the first Irish double in 20 years was a great boost for this spectacular occasion, which is now in its 34th year and part of the city's events calendar.


Sean Hehir  of Rathfarnham WSAF and defending champion Maria McCambridge  made it a Dublin club double at the Airtricity Dublin Marathon.

 

 

 

 

For Hehir, it was his first marathon victory and a second attempt at Dublin after finishing 13th and second Irish last year. His time of 2:18.19 saw him almost a minute clear of early leader Joe Sweeney from DSD, who was making his marathon debut. Clonliffe's Sergiu Ciobanu, who had run the marathon at the World Championships in August, was third in 2:22.02, with Thomas Frazer fourth in 2:22.34, having run 2:17:45 in Berlin a few weeks before.

McCambridge was trailing Leevale's Clare McCarthy at 21 miles after an enforced pit stop at 18 miles. Only in the last half mile of the race did she catch McCarthy for her third Irish marathon title, crossing the line in 2:38.51. McCarthy was second in 2:39.27 - her first time under 2 hrs 40 mins.

 

Former Olympian and multiple Irish champion Pauline Curley of Tullamore Harriers finished third place in 2:42.57 - her best time in some years. In fourth place was Fiona Stack in 2:49.07. In the wheelchair race, Paul Hannonw was winning for a fourth time.

 


 

 

 

6 October 2013
Dublin, Ireland


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