Dublin marathon report 2016


The Dublin marathon took place last Sunday the 30th of October in perfect weather conditions. It is now the 4th largest city marathon in Europe and had 19,500 runners registered. The Dublin marathon also incorporates the Dublin, Leinster and national marathon championships so there were championship medals up for grabs.

Tallaght athletic club had forty-one runners registered and had some fine performances on the day. First home for the club on his marathon debut was Luke Coleman in 2 hours 43 minutes. Luke was closely followed by Trevor Connolly also in 2 hours 43 minutes. Luke and Trevor both finished within the top 100 of all finishers. In total the club has six men break the elusive three-hour marathon barrier including Liam Cullen and Billy Loughman who also recorded massive personal bests. Other male athletes who recorded personal bests on the day included David Callaghan, Dermot Delany, Gerry Schley, David O’Brien, Barry Cullen, Karl Gill, Andrew Lennon, Eddie Donnegan and Sandro Giglione. Special mention to Paul Murphy who only took up running last year and recorded a fine 3 hours 43 minutes. This time last year Paul could not run a mile.

First home for the ladies was Mayo native Pauline Madden in an sensational 3hrs and 33 minutes, more than 20 minutes inside her previous personal best. Next for the ladies were Jacqui Boyle then ladies captain and vice captain Claire O’Brien and Sarah Jane Kinsella respectively followed by Liz Pepper.

In the Dublin championship races the men picked up M35 bronze (Trevor Connolly, Shane Carton and Liam Cullen) and M50 silver (Gerard Dore, Derek Quinn and Garry Clarke). Trevor Connolly was second M35. Jacqui Boyle was second F45. Lorraine O'Driscoll was third F45. Club stalwart Garry Clarke who has ran the Dublin marathon on more than thirty occasions picked up Dublin and Leinster gold in the M65 category while Eddie Coyle who has was running his 102nd marathon on Sunday picked up Dublin and Leinster gold in the M70 category.