Congratulations to everyone who ran the marathon (and thanks to those who volunteered)!
Some strong runs, and some tough ones, but everyone did the singlet proud.
Special congratulations to Stephen Connon, who won Dublin and Leinster M40 silver medals, Mick Carolan won won a Dublin bronze in his age category (and kept up his marathon streak), and the Masters team of Stephen, Colm Costello, and Pat Sneyd won Dublin bronze.
Hop on the Bingo Bus,sleep in the eyes,
Messers to the back,surprise,surprise!
The Conrads marble floors,was the place set to meet,
With Kenya’s finest,to smile and to greet!
A nervous hop,from toe to toe,
The time it passes,oh so slow!
The vaseline is rubbed in well,
The water belts begin to swell!
On down we stride,towards our destiny,
And n’are a ditch,to take a pee!
A gentle jog,to warm the legs,
‘Please don’t DO this!’,the mind,it begs!
Bin liners discarded,across Georgian streets,
Start line inches closer,the heart,it fastly beats!
A little prayer to the sky’s above,
A gentle whisper, to the ones we love.
Under starters orders,and off we set!
A Voyage of discovery,with goals to get!
At Christchurch hill, the bells drowned out,
By the Brothers Pearse,and Roisins SHOUT!!
On down the river,a bridge to Swiftly cross,
And up to the Park,long straights to boss!
In Castleknock,the crowd was unreal!
High fives a plenty,soul filled with zeal!
A freewheel down,to Chapelizod gates,
To fill the lungs,and not think of what awaits!!
Past Kilmainham Jail,no prisoners we took!
‘A sh*te load of miles to go!’,ah would ya go way ta fcuk!!
The Barn approached, the support fantastic,
They heaved and they ho’ed,like a knicker elastic!
And then the long haul up Crumlins thoroughfare!
The mind starts to wander,the doubts are laid bare!
A sup on some water,it brings some respite,
As Bushy Parks green acres,they loom into sight!
The warm smiling faces, of family and friends,
Brings a tear to the eye,and fends off the bends!!
At Terenure cross,they roared and they cheered!
The stretch into Orwell was not to be feared!
Up the climb into Milltown,a nod to Glenmalure Park,
The home of the Rovers,till sold by some ‘bright spark’!
Oh praise be to Allah,or whoever’s above!
Heartbreak Hill is upon us,and we could do with a shove!
Dig in and keep moving,Death Hill is far worse!
And over the top with a spit and a curse!
Past UCD College,oh will we just never learn!
The pain is for real now,the finish line oh to yearn!
The widening road seems to lengthen the journey,
‘Come on,you can DO IT!”,screams some lassie called Bernie!
Rolys Bistro behind us,the body hungry for rest,
The finishing stretch,and one final test!
You pick yourself up,and sprint for that line!
Your moment of glory,and a feeling so fine!!
An Bros Pearse abú!!
Dublin City Marathon Results:
Stephen Connon 02:38:57
Colm Costello 02:49:18
Patrick Sneyd 02:51:05
Ian O’ Reilly 02:53:24
Philip Doyle 02:55:24
Mark Pearce 02:55:56
Paul Martin 02:56:48
Donal Brady 03:04:53
Garreth Bayle 03:14:12
Tony Connolly 03:21:39
Sorcha Mc Cann 03:22:55
Kieran Campbell 03:26:36
John O’ Gorman 03:28:12
Karen Clarke 03:34:09
Joseph Haugh 03:34:57
Michael Walsh 03:35:36
Emmet O’ Sullivan 03:38:39
Austin Smyth 03:44:29
Keith Farrell 03:46:52
Paul Lyons 03:47:04
Karen Mc Manus 03:47:12
Rownald Bayle 03:49:42
Declan Watters 03:50:54
Aidan Carroll 03:54:21
Philip Blake 03:57:59
P.J. Black 03:59:51
Ailish Hudson 04:01:48
Alan Fairbrother 04:03:25
Alan Conroy 04:11:55
Niamh Honer 04:14:30
Donna May 04:15:03
Karen Reid 04:18:19
Sinead Tighe&Dan 04:21:00
Mandy Keegan 04:21:44
Sharon Phibbs 04:21:59
Terry Monaghan 04:22:47
Peter Lawlor 04:22:51
Ciara Mullaly 04:24:24
Tos Moran 04:25:20
Ramon Whelan 04:25:33
Tadhg Ryan 04:34:35
Maggie Walshe 04:51:14
Alison Brophy 04:57:19
Edward Hudson 04:59:03
John Hayden 05:44:56