A smaller group from the club took to the streets of Dublin to run the 2016 Dublin City Marathon than in previous years. This was primarily the result of a large contingent heading abroad earlier in the month to take on the Amsterdam Marathon! (race report pending I hear).

For the first-time Dublin sold out in August this year. A combination of the switch to Sunday and the 1916 commemoration medal led to a record entry with a little under 17,000 toeing the start line.

Race day conditions were perfect, no wind, no rain and temperatures not set to rise above 12 degrees. The support from the crowds along the whole route in Dublin was phenomenal. It can be overwhelming at times and you find yourself smiling and laughing between gritting your teeth and arguing with your legs to keep going! Special mention to friends, family and club mates who placed themselves strategically alone the route armed with jellies, flat coke and much needed words of encouragement. The last mile was a wall of noise with people cheering encouragement at you all the way to the finish line.

 

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First across the line for Craughwell AC was Tom Tuohy in 3:24. a super performance from Tom who completed the full Challenge Galway event earlier in the summer. Next home was Stephen Carty in 03:41 smashing his previous PB by 5 minutes, First of the Craughwell ladies was Deirdre Devane in 03:42 posting a massive PB, taking nearly 15 minutes off her previous best over the distance. Brian Gorman was next home in 03:43 with Katie Gorman closely behing in 03:45, running their second marathon in as many weeks. Brian equalled his time in Amsterdam with Katie coming home 6 minutes faster than her run two weeks earlier.  Fantastic runs from this talented running couple! Next to cross the line was Niamh Flavin in 03:51 just seconds off a PB with Tony Nevin coming home strong in 03:53. Frank Bynes was running to raise money for Oranmore Maree Coastal Search Unit as part of a multi race challenge crossing the line in 03:56. The final three runners from Craughwell AC to cross the line were Joseph Coyle in 03:85, Declan O’Leary in a solid 04:37 and Helen Van De Beek in 05:14 and wins the prise for the best finisher picture.    Well done all.

If a marathon is something you have ever thought of doing, then consider Dublin. Although not the easiest flattest or fastest the atmosphere is just brilliant and something to be experienced. You will not be disappointed…

Friday the 20th. .