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Saturday 21 October 2017

14,000 heroes: A Dublin city marathon to remember

Runners at the start of the Dublin Marathon yesterday; Top inset: Tony Mangan at the starting line; Bottom inset: A lego man at the start of the marathon.
Runners at the start of the Dublin Marathon yesterday; Top inset: Tony Mangan at the starting line; Bottom inset: A lego man at the start of the marathon.
Eduard Aixala Culler from Catalonia crosses the line with his children Laia (6) and Arnau (4). Photo: Steve Humphreys
The Hughes family get ready to smash world record for the most family members to complete a marathon. Photo: Kieran Hartnett
Tony Mangan at the strat line. Photo: Steve Humphreys
A lego man at the start of the marathon. Photo:Steve Humphreys
Padraig Thompson
27 October 2014; Ian Cawley, Republic of Ireland, on his way to finishing the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Laszlo Barkoczi, Republic of Ireland, on his way to finishing the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Eoin Flynn, Ireland, right, celebrates crossing the line as Thomas Cornthwaite, from Lanchashire, England, catches his breath after the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Barry Minnock, Rathfarnham AC, who finished as the second Irish finisher in the men's race and Thomas Cornthwaite, Rathfarnham AC, left, who finished as the third Irish finisher at the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Thomas Buggle, Lucan Harriers A.C, and his three year old son Oisin on their way to finishing the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Thomas Buggle, Lucan Harriers A.C, and his three year old son Oisin on their way to finishing the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Danoli Flood, Republic of Ireland, on his way to finishing the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Colm Dempsey, Republic of Ireland, on his way to finishing the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Mark Redmond, Ashford A.C., Co. Wicklow, on his way to finishing the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Emmanuel Orti, France, on his way to finishing the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Gerard McNamara, left, helps Joe Dunny the last 100 yards to the finish of the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Barry Minnock, Rathfarnham AC, who finished as the second Irish finisher in the men's race and Thomas Cornthwaite, Rathfarnham AC, right, who finished as the third Irish finisher at the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Eliud Too, Kenya, celebrates winning the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014 in a time of 2:14:48. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Patrick Monaghan makes his way down Lord Edward Street on his way to winning the wheelchair race during the Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Eliud Too, Kenya, celebrates winning the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014 in a time of 2:14:48. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Maria McCambridge, Dundrum South Dublin A.C, on her way to finishing second in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014 with a time of 2:34:19. Merrion Square, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Participants make their way up Fitzwilliam Place at the start of the Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Participants make their way up Fitzwilliam Place at the start of the Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Wheelchair participants make their way up Fitzwilliam Place at the start of the Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
27 October 2014; Wheelchair participants make their way up Fitzwilliam Place at the start of the Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

As 14,000 people from 48 countries lined out for the 35th Dublin Marathon yesterday, there were tears, there was triumph and there were diamonds too.

Even though the race was won by Kenyan Eliud Too with a time of 02:14:47, there was still a lot for the Irish to shout about.

Clondalkin fireman Paudi Thompson (33), who carried a 40kg mannequin for the 26-mile race, fell to his knees at the finish line.

But it wasn't from exhaustion. He proposed to his long-term girlfriend Emma O'Reilly at the finish line. Paudi got down on bended knee after completing his sixth marathon, which he ran to raise awareness around mental health.

"We have seen a lot of young people attempt suicide and we came up with the idea to show how much it helps if someone helps lift you emotionally and spiritually and it snowballed from there," explained the fireman about the idea behind the mannequin.

PROPOSING

After proposing to his girlfriend he said he was going to get an Eddie Rockets before heading into work.

Another marathon hero was Joseph Clifford who pushed his wheelchair-bound brother Ciaran around the 26-mile course.

"I am his older brother, Ciaran is intellectually disabled and can't really walk far, we started running in 2008 and 2009, we entered our first race in 2010 and we have been chipping away at distance until this.

"We train together, he loves it, we started when he was a kid. I used to skateboard behind his wheelchair and he responded really well. He lights up and with someone who has very limited communication it is our medium to connect. I love running with him," said Joseph.

The pair finished the race in an impressive time of 04:33:35.

While the top three spots for men went to non-Irish runners, Dubliner Maria McCambridge took second place overall amongst the female racers. She missed out on the top spot by just four seconds behind Kenyan woman Esther Wanjiru Macharia, who had a time of 02:34:15.

The Hughes family from Co Mayo got their names in the Guinness Book of Records for the most family members to complete a marathon.

A total of 31 family members raced together yesterday, but the family first made history 30 years ago when eight brothers ran the course.

And 83-year-old Limerick man John Collins completed his 30th and final Dublin Marathon in a time of 06:55:52.

He came first in his category - which was for 80-84-year-old runners.

Also taking top spot in their category was Naas man Patrick Monahan who set a new wheelchair course record for Dublin, finishing in a very fast 01:52:43.

And ultra-fit Sinead Kane, who is a visually impaired athlete with just 5pc vision, completed the marathon with the aid of her guide in a time 04:05:36.

descending

Yesterday's marathon saw 10,000 Irish entrants race with 4,000 foreigners descending on the city to run in the event too.

"We are delighted with how today's race went" said Race Director Jim Aughney yesterday.

"We had changes to the course due to the Luas works, so it was great to see that the route worked well for our runners. The people of Dublin have outdone themselves yet again, the support around the route was unbelievable.

"People still have to run 26.2miles, but that support can make a huge difference in motivating them to keep going. We would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone who came out to support the runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes," added Mr Aughney.

jfegan@herald.ie

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