Live blog: 33rd Dublin Marathon

Mon, Oct 29, 2012, 00:00

That's all from us. Well done to all the runners today. The Kenyans once again showed their dominance in the sport, capturing both the men's and women's titles. There are still plenty of athletes out there pushing themselves towards the finish line so give them a cheer if you're around.

Next stop is New York, which hosts its marathon next weekend, although they have a hurricane to contend with in the meantime.

Back here, expect the whole thing to have wrapped up by about 5pm and stay tuned for traffic updates.

14:34pm: The IT's Jason Kennedy says: "Just seen a man doing the Dublin marathon collapse, lie down, rub his leg, cry, get up and stumble on 400m to finish line. Inspiring."

14:14pm: Well done to IT arts editor, Shane Hegarty: "Leg cramps from 18. Awful pain. Walked a lot. Way off goal time. Wanted to give up. Didn't. I am really pleased with myself."

14:07pm: "Run like ya stole something," reads another sign.

14:03pm: "Discovered a whole new experience involving leg cramps; learned a lot about just surviving; didn't hit goal time and was in terrible pain; so why am I so satisfied?" asks one finisher.

14:00pm: Lots and lots of people on Twitter declaring pride in their fathers/mothers/sisters/brothers etc., while our reporter tells us tired finishers "reach for blankets and a shoulder to lean on". It's all quite sweet.

13:51pm: The finishing point is witnessing a great outpouring of emotion, and also breakfast it seems. "Pebble-dash central", as one wag would have it. "Not for the feint-hearted."

13:50pm The finishers crossing the line now appear even more elated than the elites.

13:46pm: Loud cheers greet a 4:30 finisher who does the Usain Bolt salute.

13:44pm: A very impressive showing from the West Limerick Athletics Club, pounding along out there.

13:42pm: Another "support" sign at a latter stage of the route reads: "Keep going, people are watching."

13:39pm: @MichaelEJHunt tweets: "Hugely enjoyable day @dublinmarathon ... great support, perfect weather & managed sub3. #GuinnessTime"

Interestingly,1,842 traffic cones have been used for today's race. But perhaps even more impressive is the 2,890 barriers being used to keep the course clear.

13:29pm: Enda Brady, of Sky Sports fame, runs an impressive time of 3:41:28. "What a buzz," he says.

In 2000, Olympic Silver Medallist Sonia O'Sullivan won the Dublin Marathon with a time of 2:35:46, she is the last Irish Woman to win in Dublin. This year also had over 3000 participants from the USA.

13:23pm: Eithne Shortall, on twitter, says "nothing restores faith in humanity quite like watching people relentlessly cheering on a bunch of strangers".

13:19pm: The barriers are now lined with finishers, stretching out their tired and cramping calves.

13:16pm: The tireless St John's Ambulance crew have just snapped on their latex gloves to deal with "some spontaneous bodily fluids incidents", our reporter on the ground tells us.

13:15pm: The fourth hour pace marker crosses the finish line, garlanded with flocks of flowers.

13:12pm: Len Stokes, from Wicklow and representing the Fire Brigade team, has just blazed across the finish line.

13:04pm: The organisers are urging supporters to keep on pushing the athletes: "Keep on clapping them on guys."

13:01pm: And the Irish men: "1. Paul Pollock, 2. Sean Hehir, 3. Barry Minnock. Well done guys!"

12:58pm: The 2012 Irish female winners from @dublinmarathon: "1. Maria McCambridge, 2. Barbara Sanchez, 3. Pauline Curley. Well done ladies, a fantastic performance!"

12:40pm: There's a picture doing the rounds on twitter of a man standing on a footpath, while runners pass by, holding a sign that reads: "Mortuary ahead, look alive".

Read Ronan McGreevy's Dublin Marathon preview from this morning: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/1029/1224325866969.html

12:37pm: Official race times from RTÉ: Geofrey Ndungu, winner: 2:11:09 seconds. The time was outside last year's course record time of 2:08.33.
Paul Pollock was the first Irish man home in 2:16.30, ahead of Sean Hehir who finished in 2:17.50.
Magdalene Mukunzi was the first woman home in a time of 2:30.46 which was outside the course record of 2:26.13. Maria McCambridge was the first Irish woman through the finishing line in 2:35.28.

12:33pm: An Italian restaurant in Leixlip has recommended athletes to eat a pasta dinner later on to replenish all that lost energy.

12:29pm: Some of the runners stop to praise the great support offered from spectators on the sides. "The support. You Irish are brilliant. I loved it!" gushes one happy finisher.

12:27 pm: The weather was perfect, seems to be the consensus.

12:17pm:Valerie Duffy, packet of Fruit Pastilles in hand, has headed down to the finish to congratulate her brother as he crosses the line.

Apparently, the marathon race comes from the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek messenger, who ran 22 miles from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce the defeat of the Persians. "We win," he said breathlessly, before collapsing and dying. Knackered.

12:15pm: The prize presentation has begun.

12:13pm: Jubilant scenes as the announcer greets athletes by their names as they cross the finish line, arms held high in triumph.

12:12pm: "No one tells you about the vomiting and bloody nipples," one exhausted competitor complains.

12:11pm: Amazing stuff: Two athletes sacrifice their race time to carry another runner, unknown to them, over the line. The man collapses onto a St John's Ambulance stretcher.

12:10pm: The three hour pace marker crosses the lineand is promptly swamped by runners crying and hugging him who made it in under three hours by following his pace.

12:09pm: Two men, festooned in the green and red of Mayo, hug it out after completing the race in under three hours.

12:05pm: Runners coming over the finish line now are taking off their shoes to admire their blistered, bleeding soles. Our reporter assures us that depite the pain they look pretty happy "exhausted, but pretty happy".

12:00pm: John Buckley, on twitter, says theAir Corps team is setting a pace of 3hrs 45 min pace. "Still on in block formation. Running in step. Amazing!"

11:56am: According to sources on twitter, the Dublin Marathon is known as the friendly marathon. Which city then, one wonders, has the honour of hosting its miserable, unfriendly counterpart?

11:53am: First woman home Magdalene Mukunzi ran a time of 2:30:46

11:49am: Barbara Sanchez of Raheny Shamrocks is the second Irish women through.

Read Ian O'Riordan's interview with race director Jim Aughney here: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2012/1027/1224325795821.html

11:46am: Conditions were ideal if a little bit windy going through Phoenix Park, according to Martin Conroy and Roger Barrett of Ballina Mathletics club, both of whom have just finished the race.

11:44am: Kevin Baker, of the Mullingar Harriers, falls to his knees, kisses the ground and blesses himself, his time: 2:38:25.

11:40am: Maria McCambridge glides over the finish line at 2:35, becomming the first Irish woman home.

11:39am: Sweaty hugs galore as Ireland's top club runners stream in at the 2:35 mark.

11:37am: Paul Pollock is the first Irish athlete to complete the race.

11:33am: Paul Duffy of Sportsworld digs deep to sprint home in a time of two hours and 30 minutes.

11:29am: Luke Jones, from Wales is the first of the wheelchair athletes to cross the line, while Paul Moran, a superintendent from Ballymun is leading the Garda field.

11:24am: In 2011 first, second and third place were all taken by Kenyan Athletes. Namibian Helalia Johannes won in the women's category while Sean Connolly was the fastest Irish athlete, completing the course in 2:18:52.

11:20am: Geoffrey Ndungu has done it again. The Kenyan has just crossed the finish line, winning this year's Dublin Marathon in a time of two hours and 11 minutes.

11.04am: The winner of this year's Dublin Marathon is expected to cross the finishing line within the next few minutes.

11.01am: A record 14,300 athletes have signed up for the event and there's hope that today's ideal conditions will see last year's course record of 2:08:33, set by Geoffrey Ndungu, bettered.

Some vehicular problems on the N4 this morning caused this reporter to be a bit slow off the mark for the IT live blog coverage of the 2013 Dublin Marathon. Still, as many of the athletes competing in today's race will appreciate, better late than never.