Thank you to the lovely people of Dublin

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Dublin-Start-2014Dublin Start, Wave 1

What an absolutely fantastic atmosphere today at the Dublin marathon. The 13,000 runners was an enormous mass field creating a brilliant atmosphere but it was the noise, enthusiasm and energy of the many thousands of Dublin spectators that really made the day. They cheered, shouted and screamed at us. They even had banners with some revealing the Irish sense of humour which I love. One lady held up a banner saying “Run faster! My arms are aching”. The crowd were absolutely superb, making the race feel like one of the world marathon majors, surely this race isn’t far off that level.

Dublin-Finish-2014At the finish and reunited with the family

After the rough ferry crossing yesterday, I had questioned coming over to run this marathon but so glad I did now. I would like to come back again one day but must admit if I do I’ll be flying! I’m not looking forward to the return ferry journey tomorrow. Finishing time today was 3 hours 28 minutes 11 seconds. I’m very pleased with this after doing Snowdonia marathon only 2 days ago, in 3 hours 35 minutes 42 seconds. A very tough weekends running but great training for next May’s Brathay 10 marathons in 10 days challenge. I feel like my training is going to plan, lets hope it continues like this over the coming 7 months.

Snowdon-Finish-2014With friends at the finish in Snowdonia

I feel I must also say something about Snowdonia marathon, it’s my 7th Snowdonia and it is always a brilliantly well organised event with breath taking scenery. I loved it as much as usual and it will definitely have to be on my marathon schedule again for next year. Great to see so many friends and even some Astley and Tyldesley Road Runners taking on the race. The weather always has an affect on this race. This year the weather was fairly kind, mild with hardly any rain but we had a strong head wind to contend with, mainly from mile 5 to Beddgelert making the runners work very hard, as if the hilly course wasn’t hard enough. But I suppose this is just part of what makes Snowdonia marathon so special.

Sunset-on-the-Irish-SeaA view of a moody sunset over the Irish Sea from the ferry journey home

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