The sold-out SSE Airtricity Dublin Half Marathon will take place this Saturday, 22nd of September in the Phoenix Park with 9,000 runners set to toe the line.
Some small course adjustments have had to be made with VIP guests at Farmleigh and to take account of this week’s storm but the volume of runners is testament to the success of the series.
The full SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon in October sold out in record time with an expanded 20,000 lining up for that.
Letterkenny Athletic Club’s Caitriona Jennings and Jane Anne Meehan of Athenry AC will go head to head in the women’s elite field.
Jennings, a 2012 Olympian, won gold in the National Half Marathon Championship in August crossing the line in 1.22.25. The Donegal woman has also been runner-up to Laura Graham in the Irish National Marathon champion (incorporated in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon) for the last two years.
Meehan has shown great form recently, putting in a strong performance at the Frank Duffy 10 Mile, part of the SSE Airtricity Race Series, winning in 61:21.
Eoin O’Callaghan is the likely to take honours in the men’s race. O’Callaghan was a winner of SSE Airtricity Dublin Half Marathon three years ago in a time of 01:08:21.
The SSE Airtricity Half Marathon is always an important fixture as it marks the end to the SSE Airtricity Race Series and brings us close to the main event, the 2018 Dublin Marathon on the 28th October.
This year it will mark and celebrate female participation, linking with the nationwide commemoration of Vótáil 100. Constance Markievicz, a key campaigner for Irish women’s voting rights, will appear on the SCE Airtricity Dublin Marathon finishers medal.
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