Kyle Doherty and Ciara Toner lead NI contingent home at SSE Dublin City Marathon 2018!

SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2018:

Kyle Doherty (City of Derry AC) and Ciara Toner (Springwell RC) recorded significant personal bests as they led a large Northern Ireland contingent home at the SSE Airtricity Dublin City Marathon (Sunday 28th October 2018).

The event also incorporated the AAI National Marathon Championships.

City of Derry AC Spartan Kyle Doherty slashed nearly eight minutes off his personal best as he clocked an excellent 2:27:36 for the classic 26.2 mile distance.  This was enough to see Kyle claim 26th place.

St Malachy’s AC man Thomas Frazer followed in 2:29:04, before Lawrence O’Hara and Vincent McKenna also impressed.  Lawrence crossed the line in a new personal best of 2:31:39, while Vincent ran 2:31:40 in his 26.2 mile debut.

In the ladies race, Northern Ireland international Ciara Toner smashed the famous three hour barrier and her previous personal best when she crossed the line in 2:53:44 for 16th place.  Natalie Hall of Armagh AC and Sinead Murtagh of Newcastle AC both went under three hours, with Natalie running 2:57:30 and Sinead 2:59:28.

The Dublin City Marathon 2018 was won by Asefa Bekele in 2:13:23, with Mesera Dubiso taking the ladies title in 2:33:48.  Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock AC) took gold in the AAI National Marathon Championships in 2:15:58, while Lizzie Lee (Leevale AC) claimed the ladies National title in 2:35:04.

Full results from the event are available HERE.

Well done to all of the local athletes who participated in the Dublin City Marathon, including the #DreamRunDublin18 Team, coached by Paul Pollock, who we have been following throughout their journey to the start line.  We will be publishing an article on their performances tomorrow; this will include the views of Coach Paul Pollock.