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Thursday 14 December 2017

Over 14,000 run in city's 35th joyous marathon

Eliud Too, Kenya, on his way to winning the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014 in a time of 02:14:48.
Eliud Too, Kenya, on his way to winning the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014 in a time of 02:14:48.

The 35th annual Dublin City Marathon has been won by Eliud Too from Kenya in a spectacular time of 2.14.57.

Maria McCambridge was defending her title as the winner of the women's race but today she came second in 2.34.18 - just three seconds off the Kenyan winner Esther Macharia.

While, Patrick Monaghan from Naas won the wheelchair race with a record time of 1:52:43.

Approximately 4,000 runners from 47 countries joined more than 10,000 Irish entrants, 1,000 volunteers and countless spectators on the city's streets this morning.

The mostly flat 42km (26.2 mile) route started at Fitzwilliam Street Upper and to ease foot traffic, runners began in three separate waves starting at 9am.

Roadworks Organisers had to plot a different course this year to avoid Luas roadworks in the city centre, although parts of the route remain the same, including the climb up "heartbreak hill" on Roebuck Road.

Runners followed a counter-clockwise loop that took them past St Stephen's Green, along the Liffey and through the Phoenix Park twice before finishing at Merrion Square.

A number of runners went in fancy dress and some of the costumes included chickens, lords and even the Lego man.

Each runner received a microchip to wear to track their progress and official finishing time and spectators could track runners online.

Among the participants this year was 83-year-old John Collins (83) from Limerick. This will be his 30th consecutive marathon.

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