Dublin Marathon

Dublin Marathon

Elite runners competing in the 2007 women's race
Date October
Location Dublin, Ireland
Event type Road
Distance Marathon
Established 1980
Official site Dublin Marathon

The Dublin Marathon is an annual marathon in Dublin, Ireland, held on the last Sunday in October. Prior to 2016, the race took place on the last Monday in October, which is a public holiday in Ireland. Held each year since 1980, a record 19,500 people entered the 2016 race including over 5,000 entrants from outside Ireland.

The course is generally reasonably flat. It starts at Fitzwilliam Square in the city centre and concludes at Merrion Square. Exact routing varies, although in recent years the race has proceeded in an anti-clockwise direction around the city, including passing through the Phoenix Park before moving towards the southside suburbs.


Sean Kearns, Second place Finisher in the M75 Category in 2007

The race was founded in 1980 by a group led by Noel Carroll, who persuaded the Business Houses Athletic Association (BHAA) to take up the idea. In the first year, 2,100 took part, of whom 1,420 finished. Dick Hooper of Raheny club Raheny Shamrock Athletic Club claimed first place, in a time of 2:16:14. The women's winner was Carey May who finished in 2:42:11. That year's runner-up was Neil Cusack, who returned in 1981 to post a winning time of 2:13:59.

Jerry Kiernan's 1982 time of 2:13:45 was a long-standing men's course record. This was finally improved upon by Lezan Kipkosgei Kimutai over twenty years later in 2004, but Russian runner Aleksey Sokolov twice broke the record with consecutive wins in 2006/07, running 2:11:39 then 2:09:07 the next year. Moses Kangogo Kibet became the first man under 2:09 in Dublin with his win in 2:08:58. The current men's record is 2:08:33 set by Geoffrey Ndungu in 2011.

Moira O'Neill was the first woman under two hours and forty minutes with her win of 2:37:06 in 1988 and home athlete Christine Kennedy improved this with a run of 2:35:56 three years later. Kenyan Ruth Kutol win in 2:27:22 in 2003 was the first sub-2:30 time and Russian Tatyana Aryasova broke this record in 2010 with her current women's record of 2:26:13.[1]

The participation level of the race has followed an upward trend: by 1988 the number of participants had increased to 8,700 – up from the 4,000 the previous year. It was not until 2000 that the 1988 participation record was finally broken when 8,900 took part. An increasing number of people took part every year in the late 2000s, with 11,000 at the 2007 edition. Entry levels have since increased significantly year-on-year with 19,500 completing the 2016 event.[2]

In 2001 the marathon became part of the Dublin Race Series, which includes pre-marathon events of 5 miles, 10 kilometres, 10 miles and half marathon distance over the preceding months, run in the Phoenix Park and Swords.

A competitor died while running in the 2006 marathon and another in the 2013 marathon.

Race series

The Dublin marathon is associated to a series of 4 other races in the calendar year. These races include, The Irish Runner 5 mile, The Frank Duffy 10 mile, Fingal 10k and the Dublin half Marathon.[3]

Dublin Marathon 2015 race t-shirt

Winners and prizes

Sonia O'Sullivan won the 2000 edition of the race.

The overall winner receives the Noel Carroll Memorial Trophy as well as €15,000 cash prize. Prizes are also given for first Irish finisher, first masters finisher and first team finishers. A€5,000 prize is also given to any competitor who breaks the Dublin marathon record.

Key:   Course record   Irish championship race

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
37th 2016  Dereje Debele Tulu (ETH) 2:12:18  Helalia Johannes (NAM) 2:32:32
36th 2015  Alemu Gemechu (ETH) 2:14:02  Nataliya Lehonkova (UKR) 2:31:09
35th 2014  Eliud Too (KEN) 2:14:47  Esther Macharia (KEN) 2:34:15
34th 2013  Sean Hehir (IRL) 2:18:19  Maria McCambridge (IRL) 2:38:51
33rd 2012  Geoffrey Ndungu (KEN) 2:11:09  Magdalene Mukunza (KEN) 2:30:46
32nd 2011  Geoffrey Ndungu (KEN) 2:08:33  Helalia Johannes (NAM) 2:30:33
31st[1] 2010  Moses Kangogo (KEN) 2:08:58  Tatyana Aryasova (RUS) 2:26:13
30th 2009  Feyisa Lilesa (ETH) 2:09:11  Kateryna Stetsenko (UKR) 2:32:45
29th 2008  Andriy Naumov (UKR) 2:11:06  Larisa Zyuzko (RUS) 2:29:55
28th 2007  Aleksey Sokolov (RUS) 2:09:07  Alina Ivanova (RUS) 2:29:20
27th 2006  Aleksey Sokolov (RUS) 2:11:39  Alina Ivanova (RUS) 2:29:49
26th 2005  Dmytro Osadchyy (UKR) 2:13:14  Zinaida Semenova (RUS) 2:32:53
25th 2004  Lezan Kimutai (KEN) 2:13:07  Yelena Burykina (RUS) 2:32:53
24th 2003  Onesmus Kilonzo (KEN) 2:17:03  Ruth Kutol (KEN) 2:27:22
23rd 2002  Frederick Cherono (KEN) 2:14:25  Lidiya Vasilevskaya (RUS) 2:32:58
22nd 2001  Zacharia Mpolokeng (RSA) 2:14:03  Debbie Robinson (GBR) 2:35:40
21st 2000  Simon Pride (GBR) 2:18:49  Sonia O'Sullivan (IRL) 2:35:42
20th 1999  John Mutai (KEN) 2:15:18  Esther Kiplagat (KEN) 2:34:24
19th 1998  Joshua Kipkemboi (KEN) 2:20:00  Teresa Duffy (IRL) 2:39:56
18th 1997  Joshua Kipkemboi (KEN) 2:15:56  Carol Galea (MLT) 2:39:33
17th 1996  Joseph Kahugu (KEN) 2:17:42  Cathy Shum (IRL) 2:38:56
16th 1995  William Musyoki (KEN) 2:16:57  Trudi Thomson (GBR) 2:38:23
15th 1994  Steve Brace (GBR) 2:17:13  Linda Rushmere (GBR) 2:40:17
14th 1993  John Treacy (IRL) 2:14:40  Cathy Shum (IRL) 2:38:14
13th 1992  Jerry Kiernan (IRL) 2:17:19  Karen Cornwall (GBR) 2:41:58
12th 1991  Tommy Hughes (GBR) 2:14:46  Christine Kennedy (IRL) 2:35:56
11th 1990  John Bolger (IRL) 2:17:17  Christine Kennedy (IRL) 2:41:27
10th 1989  John Griffin (IRL) 2:16:44  Pauline Nolan (IRL) 2:44:32
9th 1988  John Griffin (IRL) 2:16:02  Moira O'Neill (GBR) 2:37:06
8th 1987  Pavel Klimeš (TCH) 2:14:21  Carolyn Naisby (GBR) 2:42:08
7th 1986  Dick Hooper (IRL) 2:18:10  Maureen Hurst (GBR) 2:46:29
6th 1985  Dick Hooper (IRL) 2:13:48  Julia Gates (GBR) 2:41:26
5th 1984  Svend Erik Kristensen (DEN) 2:18:25  Ailish Smyth (IRL) 2:47:30
4th 1983  Ronny Agten (BEL) 2:14:19  Mary Purcell (IRL) 2:46:09
3rd 1982  Jerry Kiernan (IRL) 2:13:45  Debbie Mueller (USA) 2:40:57
2nd 1981  Neil Cusack (IRL) 2:13:58  Emily Dowling (IRL) 2:48:22
1st 1980  Dick Hooper (IRL) 2:16:14  Carey May (IRL) 2:42:11

TV Coverage

See also


  1. 1 2 "Autumn splendour as records fall". Irish Times. 26 October 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  2. http://sseairtricitydublinmarathon.ie/
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