Aoife Cooke from  Co Cork, who came first in the Irish women’s category of the KBC Dublin Marathon on Sunday. Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

They all had the same 26.2 miles to run and promises to keep, but, on a day sent straight from marathon heaven, there was plenty of personal reward to(...)

Frank Behan at the Mansion House in Dublin. He is the oldest of 13 people to have completed all 39 Dublin Marathons since 1980. Photograph: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Lucky number 13 or 13,283.4 miles later – depending on which counts most. There is no such thing as a short cut in a marathon, only the 26.2 miles bet(...)

Marathon first-timers can look forward to the achievement of the longest run of their life every weekend for the next two months.

While many of us enjoy a relaxed and routine-free August, there is a large group of people who are forgoing their lazy summer weekends for sensible be(...)

The start of last year’s Dublin marathon. Photograph: Inpho

All 20,000 race entries for next October’s SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon have now sold out, reflecting once again the enduring boom in running. The (...)

Laura Graham: First Irish woman to finish in Sunday’s Dublin Marathon. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

There is absolutely no scientific proof that childbirth can enhance marathon performances, although Laura Graham presents some compelling evidence. I(...)

Thousands of runners on  Fitzwilliam Street Upper for the start of last year’s Dublin Marathon. The expected figure of 19,500 runners this year is well up on last year’s 13,000 total. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Trouble can come at you from all directions in the Dublin Marathon. Cramp, stitch, or even worse, like a few years ago when a dog ran out in front of(...)

The Dublin Marathon takes place this Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

No, I am not running the Dublin Marathon on Sunday. Yes, I have been asked that question quite a few times this week, but I’ve run enough marathons a(...)

Collette O’Hagan at Navvy Bank, Dundalk. “For me the worst thing I could do now is stop running marathons. My body would go into cold turkey.” Photograph: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

Not many people run a marathon as part of their final marathon preparations which is a good thing because otherwise that would make Collette O’Hagan s(...)

Registration for the 2016 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon has closed earlier than many runners anticipated due to unprecedented demand for places. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Did you miss the chance to enter the 2016 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon? The race has sold out for the first time in its history and registration ha(...)

Maria McCambridge crosses the line in second place in the women’s race at the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

“I’m gutted – but it’s a happy gutted,” said Maria McCambridge after her outstanding Dublin Marathon performance last month, which earned her the Iri(...)

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