THE DUBLIN MARATHON

Celebrating 40 Years

Written by
Sean McGoldrick
,
Foreword by
Dick Hooper
The Dublin Marathon

The Dublin Marathon was founded in 1980; since then, ‘Marathon Weekend’ – on the October Bank holiday weekend – has become a fixture on the Irish running calendar as thousands of runners race the 26.2 mile route through the streets of Dublin and the city turns out to support them.

Awards

Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year - 2019

Short-listed

Hardback:
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Hardback:
208 pages
Size:
250x216 mm
ISBN:
9781788491365
Category History, Sport

The Dublin Marathon was founded in 1980; since then, ‘Marathon Weekend’ – at the October Bank holiday – has become a fixture on the Irish running calendar as thousands of runners race the 26.2 mile route through the streets of Dublin, while the city turns out to support them.

Since the first 2,100 runners signed up in 1980, hundreds of thousands of runners from Ireland and around the world have taken part. This book celebrates the 40th running of the Dublin Marathon and is a true celebration of a unique Irish sporting and cultural event.

Covering the history of the race, the heart-warming and inspirational stories of Irish marathoners – from the elites to the club runners, charity runners and recreational runners – the various routes the marathon has taken over the years, famous Irish marathoners, anecdotes from the thirteen runners who’ve completed every Dublin Marathon, the organisation and the army of volunteers – and of course the amazing supporters and the people of Dublin who make the marathon what it is.

Including a list of the course records and an Introduction by Dick Hooper, three-time Olympian and winner of the very first Dublin Marathon back in 1980.

Illustrated with hundreds of photographs and memorabilia from the 1980s to the present day.

Sean McGoldrick is a sports journalist for the Sunday World. He was shortlisted for Sports Journalist of the Year at the Bord Gáis Energy National Media Awards 2009.

brilliantly written, very well illustrated and littered with gems ... die-hards and casual readers will find it hard to put it down

Irish News

plenty of entertainment from this hefty tome … a worthwhile read

Irish Independent

Fascinating. Brilliant stories, brilliant pictures … The book has an amazing selection of photos, along with Sean’s writing and history, and the interviews that he’s done to bring this all to life … some incredible photos from across the forty years … for anyone who is into athletics, running, for anyone who has ever run a marathon; I’d say that’s going to be under the tree

Ireland AM, Virgin
Best Sports Books for Christmas 2019

looks back over the history of a cherished Irish event … wonderful 

Sunday World

lavishly illustrated

Irish Independent

superbly told

Irish Times

packed with photos and memorabilia

Irish Runner Magazine

the book is a tribute to human potential and stickability which sent my spirits soaring on a drab and wet Irish winter morning. It’ll do the same for you … essential

Eamonn Sweeney, Sunday Independent

Magic ... anybody who does the marathon or has ever done it should read it ... labor of love 

Frank Greally on Off the Ball, Newstalk

with Christmas fast approaching, this is undoubtedly a book that should be snapped up as a present if you have a family member or friend who has participated in the marathon

New Ross Standard, Gorey Guardian, Enniscorthy Guardian, Wexford People
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