The Irish Life Dublin Marathon returned this year with thousands taking to the streets in support.
Nigist Muluneh (Ethiopia) took the 2022 women’s title in an impressive time of 2:28.31. This was an improvement of over one minute on her previous personal best set in Madrid early this year. Compatriot Hawi Alemu Negeri who had kept Muluneh company for most of the race finished second (2:29:33), with Courtney McGuire (Clonmel AC) crossing the line third (2:32:50).
McGuire’s podium position ensured that she took national honours in what was her debut marathon. The 23-year-old, who won the Antrim Coast Half Marathon earlier this year, is currently studying for a Masters at the University of Limerick. “I only decided to do it about two months ago, my team kept me going. They really meant a lot to me over the past couple of months. I felt a lot better than I thought I would after a marathon, so we’ll stay with this. I’m a little bit overwhelmed but I’m delighted that I did it.” Ann-Marie McGlynn of Letterkenny AC won national silver (2:33:46), with Gladys Ganiel of North Belfast Harriers (2:42:15) winning bronze.
A record number was seen at the starting line of the 2022 Irish Life Dublin Marathon after a two-year absence due to Covid restrictions with hundreds of thousands of supporters lining the route to cheer on runners of all abilities. This year saw the addition of the Purple Mile organised by title sponsor Irish Life to give runners that extra support as they run their last mile into Merrion Square and cross the finish line, completing the 26.2 miles.
Women's Results: 2022 Irish Life Dublin Marathon
1 N Muluneh (Ethiopia) 2:28:31
2 H-A Negeri (Ethiopia) 2:29:33
3 C McGuire (Clonmel AC) 2:32:50
Women's National Results
1 C McGuire (Clonmel AC) 2:32:50
2 A-M McGlynn (Letterkenny AC) 2:33:46
3 G Ganiel (North Belfast Harriers) 2:42:15