Kenyans Win Dublin City Marathon

Two Kenyan runners have been declared champions of this year's Dublin City Marathon.

Defending Champion Maria McCambridge lost the women's title by four seconds to Kenyan Esther Wanjiru Macharia, while fellow Kenyan Eliud Too was a surprise winner of the overall title, with a time of 2:14:47.

Patrick Monahan from Naas set a new wheelchair course record, finishing at 01:52:43.

Mr Too ran his first Marathon in Cleveland earlier this year and has been working with Irishman Neil Fleming, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Indiana State University.

Sergiu Ciobanu of Clonliffe Harriers won the Irish National Championship, with Maria McCambridge retaining her National Title. Veteran Irish Olympian Tullamore woman Pauline Curley was the second Irish woman to finish with a time of 2:48:04.

"We are delighted with how today’s race went" said Race Director Jim Aughney.

"We had changes to the course due to the Luas works, so it was great to see that the route worked well for our runners. The people of Dublin have outdone themselves yet again, the support around the route was unbelievable. People still have to run 26.2miles, but that support can make a huge difference in motivating them to keep going. We would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone who came out to support the runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes today."

Top 3 Men

1. Eliud Too - Kenya – 02:14:47

2. Paul Keoch Kimutai - Kenya – 02:14:56

3. Dmitry Safronov - Russia – 02:15:12

Irish National Championships - Men

1.Sergiu Ciobanu – Clonliffe Harriers – 2:21:01

2.Barry Minnock – Rathfarnham AC – 2:22:42

3.Thomas Cornthwaite – Rathfarnham AC – 2:24:13

Top 3 Women

1. Esther Wanjiru Macharia - Kenya – 02:34:15

2. Maria McCambridge - Ireland – 02:34:19

3. Meseret Godana - Ethopia – 02:38:54

Irish National Championships - Women

1. Maria McCambridge - DSD – 02:34:19

2. Pauline Curley – Tullamore – 2:48:04

3. Ailish Malone – Clonliffe Harriers 2:48:50

Top 3 Wheelchair

1. Patrick Monahan - Ireland – 01:52:43 (new Dublin record)

2. Paul Hannan - Ireland - 02.05.56

3. Luke Jones - Wales - 02.09.33


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