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Dublin Marathon journey by Gillian

dublin city marathon start

Dublin City Marathon 2014 – The weather building up to this event did not bode well.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday was a mixture of sun, rain, cloud and worst of all wind – with speeds exceeding 35mph. Weather reports on Sunday suggested we were in for a dull cloudy day with wind speed 25-35MPH for the Marathon. This would mean that we would get a head wind on mile 13 -15 and a tailwind from mile 22 onwards. With that in mind, I packed my race bag, put my number on my race top and went to sleep early Sunday evening and awoke to the sound of howling wind outside my window. [Read more…]

Too, Macharia victorious in Dublin Marathon

Dublin Marathon 2014

27th October 2014 – The Kenyan duo of Eliud Too and Esther Macharia were winners in Monday’s Dublin Marathon. [Read more…]

Athlone 3/4 Marathon by Gillian

Athlone 3/4 Marathon

With a slight nip in the air and my bags packed, I began my journey to Glasson Golf Club and the start line of the Athlone 3/4Marathon.  After a nice relaxing car journey down to Glasson and the car parked up, I made my way to Race HQ. I was to collect my race number and to tuck into a freshly backed scone with melted butter and strawberry jam, and of course a cup tea.  Stomach full and number attached, all I now had to do was to relax until 10.45 when we were to be summoned to the car park for a pre-race briefing. Then it was on down to the start line. [Read more…]

Athlone 3/4 Marathon 2014 Success

athlone 3/4 marathon 2014

The County Westmeath dished up a successful and inspiring Athlone 3/4 Marathon on the 5th October 2014. With the weather playing its part, 800 runners enjoyed the dry and sunny conditions, with a cooling breeze over the course to assure a pleasant running experience was achieved.

O’Hanlan wins in Record Time

Upfront, there was a strong dual between Gary O’Hanlon of Clonliffe and Barry Minnock of Ratherham. The two had met previously in 2012, when Minnock came out trumps, however on this occasion O’Hanlon was able to pull away after 10km. The Clonliffe athlete pulled away steadily over the course to achieve a new course record in a time of 1:45:12, with Minnock almost 5 minutes behind in 1:49:54. Liam Feely in 3rd, made good progress over the latter stages of the race to close to within 3 seconds of the 2nd placed finisher.

For the victor, O’Hanlon, this was his 3rd win at the Athlone 3/4 Marathon event and on this occasion the new course record was icing on top of the cake.

Women’s Winner – Fiona Stack

Fiona Stack of Shamrock AC proved too strong for her opposition, winning in a decent time of 2:09:15, ahead of Angela McCann from Clonmel AC. McCann had made a race of it, and Stack had judged her race to perfection to claim the top rung on the podium. Teresa Agar of St Abbans ran strongly for 3rd place.

Final Preparation for Dublin Marathon

In common with most of the participants the prize winners were generally using the event as a final long run preparation event for the Dublin or New York marathon events in the coming weeks.

Final Word from race Director

Race Director Paul Mahon was pleased with the large attendance and admitted that the weather could not have been better on the day.

“The scenic location and and luxurious changing facilities at the Glasson Golf Hotel, along with complimentary massage post race were universally well received by all participants.”

Athlone 3/4 Marathon Results 2014


Place     Bib     Surname     Name     Sex     Cat     Club     Q 1     Q 2     Q 3     Race Time     Chip Time
1     575     O’Hanlon     Gary     M     V 40     Clonliffe     0:35:04     0:34:27     0:35:41     1:45:12     1:45:12
2     502     Minnock     Barry     M     Sen     Rathfarnham     0:35:07     0:35:43     0:39:03     1:49:55     1:49:54
3     220     Feely     Liam     M     Sen     North Leitrim AC     0:36:34     0:36:03     0:37:20     1:49:57     1:49:57


1 690     Stack     Fiona    F    Sen    Raheny Shamrock AC    0:45:37    0:41:12    0:42:26     2:09:17    2:09:15
2 442     McCann     Angela     F     V 40     Clonmel AC     0:44:01     0:43:32     0:45:20     2:12:57     2:12:53
3 799     Agar     Teresa     F     Sen     St Abbans     0:45:57     0:43:26     0:44:41     2:14:28     2:14:04

Record year for Dingle Marathon 2014

dingle marathon 2014

The Dingle Marathon run under bright and sunny conditions on the 7th September 2014, was a resounding success for the 1800 plus entrants of the distances ranging from half marathon to marathon and inclusive of the ultra distance of 80 km. [Read more…]

Athlone 3Quarter Marathon prepares

athlone 3/4 marathon

The Athlone 3/4 Marathon prepares for the 5th running through picturesque setting of County Westmeath on the 5th October 2014. [Read more…]

Dublin Marathon set for October 27th

dublin marathon

Dublin Marathon – Monday October 27, 2014 is a public holiday in Ireland and Dublin, once again, will play host to one of the great European city marathons. This will be the 35th year of this great event which is run through the capital’s historic Georgian streets and its magnificent Phoenix Park. [Read more…]

St. Anne’ National School 10k

Castlerea 10k start

Castlerea 10k start

St. Anne’ National School 10k Fund Raiser took place on Sunday March 23rd, 2014. This was the brain child of one of the teachers to raise funds for the school, which saw me line up with around 200 other local people. [Read more…]

John Travers wins St. Patrick’s 5K Festival Race

St Patricks Day Run

Donore Harriers athlete John Travers has won the 2014 St. Patrick’s 5K Festival Road Race, which took place in Dublin today. He completed the course in a time of 00:14:07. [Read more…]

Britton for Great Ireland Run

Fionnuala Britton

Fionnuala Britton

Ireland’s leading distance runner, Fionnuala Britton, has confirmed her participation in this year’s SPAR Great Ireland Run 10k which will take place on the roads of the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Sunday 6 April. [Read more…]