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Joanne Hunt leads from the front as the marathon comes to town

Joanne Hunt Mon, Oct 28
 
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  • 08:23
    There's a load of people walking around town in hoodies, tracksuit pants and runners. Was there a rave last night?
  • 08:26
    Nope. It's the 34th Dublin City Marathon and I'll be doing my personal best to keep you up to date on every mile, cramp and blister along the route.
  • 08:27
    Good morning. Joanne Hunt here. Welcome to the Irish Times Marathon Blog.
  • 08:28
    So what's the running order?

    •08:50 : Wheelchair athletes
    •09:00 : First wave (elites)
    •09:10 : Second wave
    •09:20 : Final wave
  • 08:32
    Here's some nice folks I met this morning on the   way in   - Martin O'Kane and son Darragh  who live on the  Navan Road. It's Martin's third marathon. Go Daddy!
    Here's some nice folks I met this morning on the   way in   - Martin O'Kane and son Darragh  who live on the  Navan Road. It's Martin's third marathon. Go Daddy!
  • 08:35
    You can check out this year's route here. If you live inside that circuit, you might want to head out now before road closures.

  • 08:45
    Right. The Wheelchair atheletes are about to head off. Good luck guys!
  • 08:49

    Those hoping to run the 26 miles 385 yards in under 3 hours 50 minutes (orange race number)  are starting at 9am.  

  • 08:51
    Lots of tension at the start line now. Everyone chucking the tracksuit tops that were keeping them warm over the side barriers. These guys are ready to hit the road.
  • 08:54
    Superfluous items of clothing and the unmistakable smell of Deep Heat fill the air on Fitzwilliam Street as the runners prepare to set off.
  • 08:55
    The elites are being brought to the front of the throng now.
  • 09:00
    Goodluck to Jason Reilly from Cabra and Eanna Kavanagh from the Navan Road. It's Jason's first marathon. The boys, hoping to run it in sub 3hrs, are at the start line now. One minute to go guys.
    Goodluck to Jason Reilly from Cabra and Eanna Kavanagh from the Navan Road. It's Jason's first marathon. The boys, hoping to run it in sub 3hrs, are at the start line now. One minute to go guys.
  • 09:00
    The wheelchair competitors should be up around O'Connell Street by now.
  • 09:02
    And they're off! The first batch of runners is out of the traps. And miles to go before you sleep.
  • 09:02
    'The streets of Dublin are yours for the day', says the MC, as runners stream across the start line.
  • 09:05
    Good luck to Dolores McMahon and Suzanne McCabe from Clondalkin. It's Dolores' second marathon.
    Good luck to Dolores McMahon and Suzanne McCabe from Clondalkin. It's Dolores' second marathon.
  • 09:06
    The second wave of runners is being led to the starting point now.
  • 09:10
    Ah,   the mile markers. The dangling carrot you want to keep in your sights right the way around.
    Ah,  the mile markers. The dangling carrot you want to keep in your sights right the way around.
  • 09:15
  • 09:17

    Clear blue skies right now. Cool temperatures  and a light wind.

  • 09:17
    The forecast for today is  blustery with occasional heavy showers, some possibly thundery. Max temps 11 or 12 C.

    The wind  is no friend to the runner.  
  • 09:18
    Lead men through Mile 3 at 15.32.
  • 09:19
  • 09:20
    Whoa! Robbie Marsh is doing a triathlon today  - he swam in Lough Erne this morning and then cycled down to Dublin  where he is now running a marathon.
  • 09:22

    There are 26 competitors who have ran every Dublin Marathon - 25 men and one woman.

  • 09:22
    The oldest competitor today  is 88 year-old Ed Power from the United States. Welcome Ed!
  • 09:26
    'Suited up, number on, plasters/blister pads on and ready to go. Thanks for all the support. Hopefully I'll be alive by this evening!'
    "Suited up, number on, plasters/blister pads on and ready to go. Thanks for all the support. Hopefully I'll be alive by this evening!"
  • 09:28
    The leading men are already in the Phoenix Park. Wow. That was quick.
  • 09:31
    The road is paved for Irish success on the double with wins in the male and female categories predicted for the first time in 20 years, following the decision not to invite international elites. Read more.
  • 09:32
    Organisers are rating the chances of Clare man Sean Hehir, who was the second Irishman home in Dublin last year, and was the winner of the National Championship silver medal.
  • 09:32
    Maria McCambridge is favourite to win the women’s race and retain her national marathon title.
  • 09:33
  • 09:34
    Maria McCambridge at mile 5 in 30.23.
  • 09:38

    When you hit the wall, who you gonna call?  
    Dublin priest Fr Philip Bradley of course.    He'll be out with the holy water and a blessing at mile 18, that particularly nasty hill up the Milltown Road.

  • 09:41
    Favourite Sean  Hehir through mile 7 at 36.20
  • 09:45
    <p>The start of this morning's Airtricity Dublin Marathon.</p>

    The start of this morning's Airtricity Dublin Marathon.

  • 09:46
    Maria McCambridge through mile 6 at 36.17.
  • 09:49
    Some 14,500 runners, walkers and wheelchair participants are taking part in the marathon today.
  • 09:52
    "Predicting marathon winners is always risky business, especially when so much can and often does go wrong over the 26.2 miles: it doesn’t help either that this October Bank Holiday Monday is not ideal for marathon running, the stormy St Jude a little too close for comfort for the runners."

    Read  athletics reporter Ian O'Riordan's analysis.  
  • 09:55
    Our reporter Dan Griffin is on the race route:

      "It's as well for Richie Dornan that Met Eireann has down-graded its storm warning. Wearing a large steel-frame Big Bird costume for Temple Street Children's Hospital, he's definitely at risk of taking flight in any serious winds."
  • 09:55
    Kevin Thanks for the updates Joanne, do you know is the marathon being streamed online anywhere?
  • 09:56
    I don't think so Kevin. We have reporters along the route and are following it on Twitter and Facebook. But organisers say there is no live footage unfortunately.
  • 09:59
    51.48 at Mile 10. Sean Hehir, Joe Sweeney and Brian Maher back in leading pack.
  • 10:00
    Looks like a fight to the death between these two.
  • 10:03
    AA Roadwatch is advising that rolling road closures will take place along the marathon route, from O'Connell Street, to the North Circular Road, Phoenix Park, Chapelizod and Inchicore Road.  

    The Crumlin, Drimnagh and Walkinstown Roads will be closed, along with Kimmage Road West, Templeogue Road and Terenure Road East.  

    There will also be restrictions on Orwell Road, Dartry Road, Milltown Road, Clonskeagh Road, Fosters Avenue, Stillorgan Road, Nutley Lane, Merrion Road, Shelbourne Road, Grand Canal Street and Pearse Street.

    See the times of road closures here.  
  • 10:05

    Fr Philip Bradley, who will bless athletes at mile 18 in Milltown, is speaking on RTE Radio 1. He ran  his first marathon as a  seminarian.

  • 10:07

    We're expecting the first runners in about 45mins says Fr Sweeney who will be saying Mass in his Milltown church at 11am.   The church will be opened for spectators and runners alike.

  • 10:09
    "We're all on a marathon with the economy and the downturn,  let's try and  run it  together," says the priest who ran his first and only marathon 30 years ago.   He says runners can thank God for today's breeze which should get them up the hill at Milltown.
  • 10:09
  • 10:10
    66.10 through mile 11 for Maria McCambridge. Claire McCarthy hot on her heels.
  • 10:12

    Workers are now clearing up the debris from the starting point. "It looks like a bomb went off in a clothes factory", says reporter Dan Griffin of the heaps of discarded clothing. Organisers donate the clothing to charity.

  • 10:13
    Among all the clothes and plastic bottles is a bowling pin says Dan. "You'd be surprised what you'll find here," says a man clearning up.
  • 10:14
    The leading woman is now on the Crumlin Road. Is it Maria or Claire? We can't quite see yet. She's going a grand clip anyway says a spectator.
  • 10:16

    Got photos from along the route? Email them to me and we'll get them on the  Irish Times Marathon  Blog  for the nation to see.  

     Just  tell who is  in the photo and where it was taken if you can - jhunt@irishtimes.com.

  • 10:18
    We've passed the half-way point and  at 1.13.04 and mile 14,  Joe Sweeney pulls ahead of Sean Hehir.
  • 10:20

    1.15.08 for Maria McCambridge through 20km.

  • 10:20

    Mile 15. 78.12 for Joe Sweeney, Hehir about 7/8 seconds behind.

  • 10:22
    There's always one.
    There's always one.
  • 10:26
    79.25 for Maria McCambridge at halfway point.
  • 10:28
    <p>Mother of God.</p>

    Mother of God.

  • 10:29

    Maria McCambridge leading the women. Followed by Claire McCarthy who's 16 seconds behind and Pauline Curley.

  • 10:30
    Maria McCambridge appears to be opening up a lead.
  • 10:31
    Wending through Terenure.
  • 10:32
  • 10:34
    1.28.35 for Joe Sweeney at 17 miles.

    1.30.42 for Maria McCambridge at mile 15.
  • 10:39

    Today is  leader Joe Sweeney's Dublin Marathon debut. The 28 year-old Dubliner is 6ft 2in. Last year, he raced 30km (about 20 miles)  in 1:34, which equates to about a 2:12 marathon.

    But lots of people say the marathon only begins at 20 miles...

     

  • 10:39
  • 10:41
    Both Joe Sweeney and Maria McCambridge run for Dundrum South Dublin Athletic Club.

    They are heading  through the club's home turf right about now.  
  • 10:43
    1.38.58 at mile 19. Sean Hehir back on the heels of Joe Sweeney.

    This is still anyone's race.  
  • 10:45
    Irish Times chief reporter Carl O'Brien is on target for sub 3.10.

    Go Carl!
  • 10:47
    Carl's 10km time this morning was 45mins 10 seconds.
  • 10:48
    It's all changing.

    Hehir has pulled ahead of Joe Sweeney, and he now leads by 20m.
  • 10:48
    Sean Hehir comes through mile 20 at 1.44.24.
  • 10:50
    The leaders of the pack, Hehir followed by Sweeney, are now on Roebuck Road, heading for Fosters Avenue and the Stillorgan Road.

    Go out  and cheer them on.  
  • 10:51
    Leader Clare athlete Sean Hehir, who  runs with Rathfarnham, clocked 2:17.19 in his marathon debut, and looks even better prepared this time, running 66:11 at the recent Cardiff Half Marathon.
  • 10:55
    The first woman and man over the line will drive away in a new Renault Fluence ZE electric car worth €30,000.
  • 10:55
    Claire McCarthy had overtaken Maria McCambridge at mile 18.
  • 10:56
    1.52.41 for Claire McCarthy, she leads McCambridge by 7 seconds at 30k.
  • 10:59
    Corkonian and Leevale  club woman Claire McCarthy did the Charleville half marathon in September in 76:05.  

     
  • 11:01
    <p>Claire McCarthy, currently leading the women in the Dublin Marathon, is pictured here running to victory at  the Charleville half marathon in September.</p>

    Claire McCarthy, currently leading the women in the Dublin Marathon, is pictured here running to victory at  the Charleville half marathon in September.

  • 11:02
    1.55.10 for Sean Hehir, Joe Sweeney is 11 seconds behind at mile 22.
  • 11:03
    The leading men are now heading down Nutley Lane for the Merrion Road.
  • 11:04
    Only four miles to go before they cross the finish line. Only one of them will get to drive home in a brand spanking new Renault.
  • 11:06

    Mile 23 (Merrion Road)  in the mens. Sean Hehir leads Joe Sweeney by approx 10 seconds.

    Mile 20 (Roebuck Road)  in the ladies. Claire McCarthy leading by 7 seconds.

  • 11:10
    Sean Hehir has pulled away. Can Joe Sweeney catch him?
  • 11:10
    McCambridge is trailing McCarthy by 10 seconds.
  • 11:11
  • 11:14
    Sean Hehir on Sandwith St, 120m between himself and Sweeney.
  • 11:16
    Crowds gathering in the sunlight at Merrion Square North now to welcome home the winner who is just streets away.
  • 11:19
    Sean Hehir greeted by huge applause as he approaches the finish line.
  • 11:21
    Sean Hehir first place. Joe Sweeney second. Times to follow.
  • 11:22
    Well done Sean!
  • 11:26
    Great race Joe.
  • 11:27
  • 11:28
  • 11:35
    Wow. Maria McCambridge has overtaken Claire McCarthy and is in the lead.
  • 11:35
    Both women are on Pearse Street. It's tight.
  • 11:36
    It's the last mile for the women.
  • 11:39
    Maria McCambridge is the first woman home. Time to follow.
  • 11:41
    Claire McCarthy crosses the line, the second woman home. Times to follow.
  • 11:45

    Times for the women:  

    Maria McCambridge: 2.38.51
    Claire McCarthy: 2.39.27
    Pauline Curley: 2.42.58    

  • 11:50
    Sean Hehir, Rathfarnham WSAF A.C., Dublin, crosses the line to win the Men's race in the Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2013 in a time of 2.18.19. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
    Sean Hehir, Rathfarnham WSAF A.C., Dublin, crosses the line to win the Men's race in the Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2013 in a time of 2.18.19. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
  • 11:57
    Winner of the women's race Maria McCambridge is congratulated by husband Gary as he finishes just behind her.   
    Winner of the women's race Maria McCambridge is congratulated by husband Gary as he finishes just behind her.  
  • 12:01
    The three-hour pace makers have crossed the line with a huge  sprint of sub 3hr runners behind them. Well done guys.
  • 12:04
    "Marvellous to see an Irish man first to cross the finish line for  the first time in 20 years," says race director Jim Aughney.

    "It was  a great  race between Sean Hehir  and  Joe  Sweeney all along the way."
  • 12:04
  • 12:11
    What a feeling. Womens winner Maria McCambridge crosses the finish line of the 34th Airtricity Dublin Marathon in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo: PA).
    What a feeling. Womens winner Maria McCambridge crosses the finish line of the 34th Airtricity Dublin Marathon in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo: PA).
  • 12:16
    "A lot of sore-looking runners making their way from the finish line now, picking up their t-shirts and finisher's packs," says reporter Dan Griffin who is there.
  • 12:20
  • 12:22
    Yes, what you don't see in the official photographs or footage are the people who get sick as they cross the finish line (lots of people), people who fall down  in a heap,  have bloody nipples or get stretchered away.
  • 12:24
    Go on Armagh.
  • 12:29
    Chief reporter Carl O'Brien has come in at 3hrs 16mins. Well done Carl!

    "At the 20-mile mark, it's like someone presses a slow motion button   and everyone just slows down," says Carl.  

    "At the end, I just felt sheer relief."

     
  • 12:32
    Catch your breath Carl and we'll see you here in Tara Street soon. You're on the 'People' column.
  • 12:35
    Good luck to everyone still out on the course. On a day like today, it's a walk in the park.
    Good luck to everyone still out on the course. On a day like today, it's a walk in the park.
  • 12:41
  • 12:43
    Know someone who is running?

    You can  track them here.  
  • 12:44

    3hr 40min pace makers just crossing the line now.

  • 12:56
  • 13:01
    A crew of runners from France has just crossed the line in tri-colour wigs, right under the 4hr mark.
  • 13:10
  • 13:17
    It's that great actor/pub quiz nut from the RTE series 'Trivia'.
  • 13:20
    One man has just crossed the line in a head to toe, all in one lycra suit, holding a can of Guinness triumphantly over his head.
  • 13:21
  • 13:24
    The final wave of runners to head out this morning at 9.20am have now been on the course for 4hrs.  
  • 13:32
    <p>The long and winding road. Dublin Marathon participants make their way down Chesterfield Avenue in the Phoenix Park. (SportsFile).</p>

    The long and winding road. Dublin Marathon participants make their way down Chesterfield Avenue in the Phoenix Park. (SportsFile).

  • 13:39
    How did this year's Irish winners compare to last year's Kenyan winners?

    Last year Geoffrey Ndungu won the men’s contest with a time of 2:11:09.  This year Clare school teacher Sean Hehir  took the men's title  in 2.18.19.

    Last year Magdelene Mukunza took the women’s title in 2:30:47.  This year Maria McCambridge won in  2.38.51.
  • 13:50
    Lots of hugs and tears in Merrion Square as runners, many limping, others draped in reflective sheets, meet up with family and friends, reports Dan Griffin from the front line.
  • 13:53
    What a feeling this must be - rounding the corner onto Westland Row with just under a mile to go to the finish line.
  • 14:00
    All the tougher for the runners coming in 4hrs plus. Now that's grit.
  • 14:06
    Woohoo!
    Woohoo!
  • 14:25
    Maith an buachaill.
  • 14:41
    There are reports that a competitor in the Dublin Marathon collapsed earlier today and is in a serious condition. We'll bring you more when we have confirmation.
  • 14:47
    Lavina McCarron, originally from Meath, now living in Carlow, left, and Janice Byrne on their way to finishing the Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2013. (Sportsfile).
    Lavina McCarron, originally from Meath, now living in Carlow, left, and Janice Byrne on their way to finishing the Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2013. (Sportsfile).
  • 14:48
    Lavina McCarron was awarded the Lord Mayor's Medal by Dublin’s Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn, at the beginning of the Airtricity Dublin Marathon.

    Lavina was diagnosed with breast cancer exactly two years ago today and since finishing treatment has developed a love of running which has helped her through her recovery. Lavina was nominated for this year’s medal by her five closest friends and has inspired them all to run with her today in their first marathon.
  • 14:50
    People who have been running for about 5hrs 30mins are just coming over the line now. Well done guys.
  • 15:12
    Easy hand out minerals Gooch, what about running it?
    Easy hand out minerals Gooch, what about running it?
  • 15:20
  • 15:38
    That's it from the Irish Times Marathon Blog 2013. Thanks for stopping by. Now go home and have a soak in the bath.

    Well done everybody.  See you next year.