The 33rd Dublin City Marathon, which was held on Bank Holiday Monday, on a dry but very cold day, was yet another great occasion for sport in Tullamore.
Barry Minnock was third Irish man across the line and 14th position overall in a fantastic time of 2.18.45. Fellow Rathfarnham AcC runner, Sean Hehir(2.17.35), was just a minute ahead and first Irish man was Paul Pollock (2.16.30). The men’s winner was defending champion, Geofrey Ndungu of Kenya in 2.11.09.
Tullamore Harriers accomplished athlete Pauline Curley ran a steady race from the start, passing strong contenders for the title, and finishing 3rd Irish Lady in a time of 2.45.49. Maria McCambridge (Letterkenny AC) took the National title (2.35.28), and Barbara Sanchez (Raheny Shamrock Ac) took the silver medal in 2.42.10. The women’s race was won by Magdaline Mukunza of Kenya in 2.30.47.
First Tullamore Harriers man across the line was Conor Mooney, posting a remarkable time of 2.59.55 for his debut marathon. He was closely followed home by Ian O’Kelly (3.06.55), Fra Mollen (3.08.29), John O’Connell (3.12.11), Christy Donegan (3.13.32) and Liam Byrne (3.13.54). Ray Martin was next (3.18.05), and Darren Butler(3.20.57), Denzil Jacobs (3.24.27), Padriac Sweeney (3.28.03) and Eugene Mann (3.28.44) all put in solid runs to get home under the 3.30 mark.
The months of dedicated training with the support, company and advice of Club Captain, John O’Connell has been reported to be a huge contributing factor to the performances of these athletes. Matt Corcoran (3.35.39) was next taking 30 minutes off his last marathon, followed by Fiona Claffey (3.38.58), Rita Daly ((3.47.28), and Larry Rigney (3.53.23). Seamus Buckley (4.05.14), Adrian Larkin(4.08.10), Mary McIntyre (4.12.10), Paul Hensey (4.14.44), Geraldine Fox(4.43.11).
Congratulations to all who competed, especially those on their first marathon (Conor, Fra, Christy, Ray, Darren, Padraic, Rita, Seamus, Adrian, Paul and Geraldine), those who posted personal best times. Well done too , to all those who fittingly supported our athletes along the route, be it on the footpath, on bikes, phone calls and texts from home, and for all the encouragement and help leading up to this momentous event.