Dublin 2012

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29/10/2012 at 07:15
There's always another marathon somewhere Redjeep! Sorry to hear the news!
29/10/2012 at 11:53
Jim Holmes 3 wrote (see)
Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon 2 Back Where is the race organized? Country      Ireland            Munster   CityClonakilty West Cork When is the race organized? Date        Saturday December  8, 2012

Thanks Jim.

I hadn't seen that one on Run Ireland, and had been looking everywhere in Ireland and the UK for something before Christmas. The only one I could find was the Eddy Murphy in Sixmilebridge, but I'm in Wales that weekend.

You've really helped lift my mood this morning , for which my family are truely grateful.

Consider it booked !

29/10/2012 at 14:47
Unbelievable folks. I came in at 3.25:42. Beyond my wildest dreams. I managed to run a negative split somehow. The race couldn't have gone any better for me.I look forward to reading of other success stories.
29/10/2012 at 15:55
What an amazing race this is! The course is great, and the crowd support is incredible. I loved the miles through Phoenix Park, the beginning and ending in central Dublin were also excellent. Came home in 3hrs 18mins 43secs - a PB of 17 minutes! I'm absolutely delighted! The final 6 miles were so tough though! An incredible race for which I'll certainly come back. I'd recommend this race to anyone. The organisation was first rate too. Top marks all round!
29/10/2012 at 17:20
Well done will and steve...I can keep the good day feeling going. Fantastic race, fantastic crowd,fantastic city of dublin. PB time of 3:16 for me, 33 minutes better than my first marathon...the training regime has definitely paid off...makes it all worthwhile.

A rest now, and then start the road to london 2013.
30/10/2012 at 08:44

30 Minutes off my PB and a Sub 4 to boot - Delighted - Training went really well this year 3:58:27 - started to struggle from 20-25 and I started to drift from my sub-9 Minute mile pace - I reached 20 Mile in 2:59. My tactics of starting behind the 4:00 pacers and then slowly overtaking them worked - at 25 miles I heard someone say they were right behind me so I kicked on and did not let them pass so I knew I was a good minute inside 4 hours -Bit of a sore hip but no pain no gain

30/10/2012 at 08:52

Well done Jim. Great achievement and must make all the training worth while.

I did Berlin last month so Dublin for me was just for fun. What fun it was. It was a delight to run around putting no time pressure on myself. Great course, lovely variations, fantastic support from an enthusiastic crowd, warm well-dones from people in the city centre and the pubs afterwards. The race is a credit to the city.

My run went well until cramp stopped me in my tracks at mile 25 and then the other thigh in mile 26, 200 yards from the finish. The crowd were willing me on and I had to smile because they had no clue about the tight knot of a thigh muscle I was having to deal with. Anyway when it decided to ease off I was able to start jogging again much to the delight of the crowd. I gave them a clap and the cheers in response were fantastic. Over the line in 3:12. Cramps cost me about 2 minutes. 

All in all it's a run that will live long in the memory. I am trying not to do repeat marathons but this one is very tempting to return to.

30/10/2012 at 11:01
Blimey guys some cracking runs and some massive PBs going on! Another one here!! went for 2.49.59 got to half way in 84.10 and was thinking this could get tough if the wind kept up, battled on to a slight negative split and finished in 2.48.04 well chuffed and felt pretty Good all the way.

The Mrs did well to, 4.49 in her 1st marathon so all in all a great weekend. Really enjoyed it.
30/10/2012 at 15:26

3.08.58 for me. Happy with time - targetted sub 3:10.

World of pain from mile 23, but enjoyed it overall.



30/10/2012 at 17:23
Keyboard_Worrier wrote (see)

 Keyboard Warrior

"All in all it's a run that will live long in the memory. I am trying not to do repeat marathons but this one is very tempting to return to."

I don't know if you have done Barcelona yet but I seem to think you did and I met you there - I did Barcelona in 2011 - It is very well organised and this year it falls on St Patricks day - There is an excellent Irish Bar in Barcelona and about 200 Irish do the race so it will be a great night in there after the race




Edited: 30/10/2012 at 17:24
30/10/2012 at 17:39
Memorable experience, unbelievable support, fantastic. I'm a little bit disappointed with my own time 4:28:45, Id had a tough last 5 or so health wise so I new running near my potential would be a tough ask, but didn't think wheels would come off as completely as it did on Heartbreak hill. My body decided just to stop running seemingly unbidden by my mind, then I couldn't get going again without cramping up. I was mostly walking for about 5k then the great support helped me get going again for the last 2 miles. Just going to have to do better next time.

Well done to everyone.
30/10/2012 at 17:44
Sorry that you missed out redjeep, better to live to fight another day than spend ages on the treatment table. Spare a though for a runner starting directly in front of me, he stepped in a pothole and went down literally 10 metres past the start line, and from the sound of the crack I think his marathon ended right there. I hope it wasn't as bad as it sounded.
30/10/2012 at 17:49

Yes  I saw a guy laid out who looked unconscious after about 3 miles with a Garda attending to him - I think he was a victim of the early race congestion - I think more waves are needed next year - there were too many bottlenecks yesterday and I had to tread water, skip. jump and do anything to avoid getting tripped or tripping someone else

30/10/2012 at 18:27

Congratulations everyone!  Mixed emotions for me - slightly disappointed to miss out on sub-4 (04:01:33) when it looked 'on' for so much of the race, but still managed to shave 7 minutes off my only previous marathon time.

Plus I'll echo the comments made in here about the crowd and atmosphere, just brilliant - now I know why Dublin is nicknamed the friendly marathon!

30/10/2012 at 19:05
Hi Jim yes I met you in Barca. That pub was great. That marathon was great too. Very tempted by Barca again but I'm doing London and will be attempting a sub 3 so a marathon the month before would not be good.

JLB I'm sorry for your struggles but I had to laugh when I saw that sign saying heartbreak hill. I've no idea what the real one is like but the Irish version was more of a hillock!

Jim someone I met in the pub recommended Cork as a good event. Have you done this one?
30/10/2012 at 19:40
True KW, but even speed bumps were Heartbreak Hill from my perspective at that stage! Lol
30/10/2012 at 23:12


I have never done Cork but I would guess it is a bit hillier - It has FAQ's on the website at http://www.corkcitymarathon.ie/therace/faq/ and the route map with elevation is at http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/17870236 but if you want a real challenge try the Clonakilty back-back marathons Feb 16/17 at http://www.clonakiltyback2backmarathons.com/

31/10/2012 at 10:00

Given the way my hamstrings are feeling today Jim, I think backk to back marathons are for the truly insane. 

31/10/2012 at 10:57
Cornish in a couple weeks guys?
31/10/2012 at 16:35
Lurking on this thread. Great PB Muzza. Do you know when the Taunton marathon entry will open?

Had a quick look at the Dartmoor discovery ultra website and video this morning. Lucky all full for 2013 and a 50 person waiting list ! Just as we'll
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