Great atmosphere and met many good people on route for a chat - was going well for my first sub4 up to the long incline around 20miles before the hamstrings tightened and started to feel sickly, and the rain came. The last mile felt an eternity but happy to have made it in 4h12m non-stop all the way.
Seem to be having difficulty finding results on line (were in Irish papers yesterday !) - mine eventually comes up and splits are all wrong (new 10k PB at beginning ..no way !) but want to search for other results - hopefully they'll sort this asap.
Thanks to everyone, really enjoyed it - must get ground floor room in hotel next time !
4.25.49 for me according to the website although my watch said 4.24.42 so i seem to have lost 1 minute 7 secs somewhere (perhaps i was abducted and experimeted upon and will run my next marathon in 1hr 59 mins )
Plan A of attempting to run a sub 4 hours went out of the window right at the start. Found it a bit humid and congested and as i was already 3 minutes off my target pace after 3 miles i decided it would be silly to chase it. Plan B kicked in and i was determined to try to get a sub 4.30 so tried to go steady all the way.
Still found the last 6 miles very tough. I thought "never again" only to remember i have already signed up for London 2012. Now i am thinking what do i need to do to improve my time for London
Delighted with my time (which ever one it is) and more so that i ran every step.
The crowd support was absolutely fantastic. A great experience.
Well done all.
congrats on the finish, and runing every step is a great achievement.
For the lost minute, there are a lot of problems with the chip times in dublin, as many people are seeing their chip time and finish time being the same, so instead of the chip time starting when you cross the line, it started when your wave did. (so the 1min 7 sec was the time it took from your wave start till you crossed the line)
If you want to correct this, the advise on the dublin marathon facebook page is to email them with your details.
Agree, the last 6 miles were tough, looking at my garmin, that's where my pace dropped off, but I also think there's a long slow hill about there too.
As last year, the crowd support is excellent, definitly the best I've seen, with their witty billboards, I saw "Chuck norris never ran a marathon", "who needs toenails anyway?" "if it was easy, everyone woudl do it" and many more.
A great old day!
e-mail sent. Nicely worded.Would just like an accurate time to round off a great day. (my finish time and chip time are recorded as the same)
The billboards were great and situated in the perfect places. They really gave me encouragement just when i was flagging.
Must comment again on the support. I can't remember any part of the course without vocal encouragement/signs/banners. The support in the last 6 miles in the pouring rain especially was sensational and is something i will always remeber. If London is half as good i will be delighted.
I heard the guy who was giving out the timing bands at the expo state we would run 26.5 miles due to the number of twists and turns in the early part of the course. Not sure how accurate this is mind.
Dublin marathon have uploaded a further upate to their their results, so if anyone was getting incorrect times and has emailed them, you can check it out now and see if it's been corrected. (my times now have, which is good
Good one Finbarr65!
Even if you already knew your watch time was under 4, it makes all the difference seeing it acknowledged offically
nice negative split, btw
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