Record numbers for 36th SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon
This year a record number of 15,216 participants will take to the starting line on Monday 26 October for the 36th SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon.
Ronan Brady, Head of Marketing and Digital at SSE Airtricity, said:
“We’re really proud to play our part in making a difference for running in Ireland through our continued sponsorship of the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon and Race Series. With a record number of over 15,000 participating in this year’s Marathon, and almost 40,000 taking part across the Marathon and Race Series this year, it’s clear there is a real passion for running nationwide.
“We’re particularly pleased this year to have been able to support the members of our SSE Airtricity Team Dublin Marathon. These eight inspirational men and women have helped lead and encourage runners across the nation to conquer 26.2 miles this October with their own personal stories of training achievement which they have shared with followers across a range of media platforms every week. We are looking forward to cheering on each team member and all of this year’s 15,216 runners as they take on the 2015 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon.”
Due to popular demand, the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon will be moving to Sunday 30 October in 2016; ahead of the Bank Holiday Monday.
Jim Aughney, SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon Race Director said:
“We are delighted to announce for the first time in the history of the Dublin Marathon we have decided to move the event in 2016 to the Sunday before the October Bank Holiday Monday, in order to continue to attract international runners to Dublin. This year we have over 2,000 participants coming from the UK and Northern Ireland, but we would like to see this figure double for the Marathon in 2016. By moving the race to Sunday we are hoping to encourage runners to spend the full weekend in Dublin, which will allow them to enjoy other activities and sights that the city has to offer before they return home after the race. Registration for the 2016 event will open in early November with information available via our website.”
Reigning champion Esther Macharia from Kenya will defend her title this year. Grace Momany of Kenya and Abebech Bekele of Ethiopia are expected to be the main contenders for the first woman home overall. With Maria McCambridge not competing, the Women’s AAI National Championship looks set to be contested between Offaly’s Pauline Curley, International mountain runner Sarah Mulligan and Michelle McGee, who recently won the Longford Half Marathon in 1:18:29.
2014 winner Eliud Too of Kenya is also back this year and aims to retain his title and beat his time of 2:14:47. Daniel Tanui and Peter Somba also from Kenya are the most likely to cause him trouble on the course, along with Sean Hehir who is aiming to pick up an Olympic qualifying time after missing out at the Berlin Marathon earlier this year. Gary O’Hanlon, Barry Minnock and Eoin O’Callaghan will also be challenging Sean Hehir for the Men’s AAI National Championship title which was won by Sergiu Ciobanu (Clonliffe Harrier AC) last year.
This year is expected to be one of the closest wheelchair races the marathon has ever seen. Last year’s champion Patrick Monahan is set to have a tight race against Richie Powell. Both are expected to complete the race in just over 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Jim Aughney said “We’re thrilled to welcome back our reigning champions this year for another exciting race. Our elite field is very important in terms of how Dublin is positioned against other leading European and World Marathons, and our ability to do this is all due to the support from our sponsors SSE Airtricity. The Dublin Race Series has been extremely successful this year with over 23,000 participants taking part in the four events and the support has been incredible throughout. We hope that our famous supporters will be out again lining the streets of Dublin and encouraging our runners across the 26.2 mile course.”