Wednesday 29 January 2020

€15K for mum who ran best marathon 5 weeks after fall

Mum-of-three Lisa Nagle ran a personal best in a marathon just five weeks after the fall. Photo: www.collinsphotos.com
Mum-of-three Lisa Nagle ran a personal best in a marathon just five weeks after the fall. Photo: www.collinsphotos.com

A mother-of-three who ran a personal best in a marathon five weeks after a fall, has been awarded €15,000.

Lisa Nagle (46), of Beechdale Way, Ballycullen, Dublin 24, completed the race in three hours and 48 minutes, 13 minutes quicker than her previous best time.

She was also awarded her costs against Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council which, together with the council's legal expenses, is likely to cost the local authority €30,000.

Ms Nagle told Judge John O'Connor in the Circuit Civil Court she had trained hard for the 2015 Dublin Marathon in a bid to beat her previous two best times of 4:43 in 2013 and 4:01 in 2014.

Despite her injuries she succeeded - just over a month after her accident - in clipping 13 minutes off her previous best and was placed 3,903 out of 20,000-plus runners.

Ms Nagle told her counsel James Cross that she put her ability to complete so soon after injuring her feet, knees and wrist in a fall during a practice run with clubmates, down to an intensive five-week course of physiotherapy before the marathon.

"I had trained so hard for that marathon to improve my time," she told Mr Cross.

She said she had not run in a marathon since but had competed in five and 10-mile races, as well as cross-country runs following the 2015 marathon.

Counsel for Dun Laoghaire- Rathdown County Council told Ms Nagle her time had improved quite incredibly and he described her race as "quite a considerable accomplishment".

Ms Nagle said she suffered seriously with swollen and painful feet after the marathon and other races she had taken part in.


Judge O'Connor rejected a submission on behalf of the local authority that Ms Nagle had exaggerated her injuries in circumstances where she had been physically capable to not only participate in the marathon but run so well to score a personal best.

The judge said Ms Nagle had been truthful in court and had not been one to deliberately exaggerate her claim.

"Just because the plaintiff was a get-up-and-go person and ran marathons does not mean that her evidence is somehow exaggerated," Judge O'Connor said.

He said Ms Nagle's evidence that some of her injuries were still ongoing had not been borne out by medical reports.

Forensic engineer Alan Conlan told Judge O'Connor he had examined the steel grating into which Ms Nagle's foot had slipped and he found there had been a catastrophic failure of the cover.

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