The Dublin City marathon took place with over 14,600 competitors taking part, a record entry and the conditions were very favourable. It was great to see so many Clonmel AC members, 43 in total, run so well - the club’s largest entry for this event.
The weekly long run paid off and the banter on many of these long runs made the training all the more enjoyable.
All our participants had one common praise and that was for the fantastic support and encouragement they got from our band of supporters who were dotted around the course and especially over the final few miles, they really appreciated the “go on well done, keep it going, you are flying etc”
One of the most impressive performances by a club athlete for many a year in this event was the performance of David Ryan who was 30th in 2 hours 35 mins 53 secs and in the process won the National Half Marathon over 40 Gold medal.
Angela McCann also left her best performance for this event when finishing strongly in 2 hours 58 mins 53 secs to win the All Ireland Ladies over 40 Gold medal when 169th in 2:53:35.
Other great performances were Declan Curley 2:55:50, Niall O Ceallaigh 2:58:08, Gary Grant 2:59:52, Paudie O’Connor 3:05:5, John Browne 3:07:27, Conor Fleming 3:07:27, Noel Gillman 3:19:35, Mark Corcoran 3:21:03, Frank Moran 3:21:32, Peter Kiely 3:23:59, Ian Purcell 3:26:04, Edel Roche 3:32:59, Suzanne Shine 3:33:35, Cyril Fogarty 3:33:38, John Laste 3:33:44, Tom Bourke 3:34:30, Bernard Durand 3:35:27, Frank Lynch 3:38:21, Marianne Kennedy 3:43:59, Ivan Barlow 3:50:00, Brian Carroll 3:52:06, Rosie Casey 3:54:44, Sean O’Dea 3:59:11 and Orla Durand 3:59:30.
This year we had many marathon debutants and it was brilliant to see them all run so well, such as Sheila Perry 3:56:26, Anne Maher 3:59:20, Rebecca Doocey 4:08:15, Bernadette Walsh 4:08:25, Denise Donnelly 4:17:21, Dan O’Keeffe 4:18:53, Michelle Lauhoff 4:23:51, Lizzie Ryan 4:29:09, Annie Falvey 4:52:21, Claire Kinsella 4:53:16, Ger Phelan 5:16:09, Melissa McCarthy 5:16:09, Regina Burke 5:16:35, Rhona Boyle 5:16:33, Stine Teppan 5:17:42, Norma Sorohan 5:28:53 and Julette O’Sullivan 5:29:27.