Curley third Irish woman home at Dublin marathon

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Curley third Irish woman home at Dublin marathon thumbnailPauline Curley, right, third Irish woman in the Dublin marathon with the national title winner, Laura Graham and second placed Catriona Jennings.

PAULINE Curley was the third Irish woman home in the national marathon in Dublin on Sunday last.

The Tullamore Harriers runner once again showed remarkable consistency as she completed the 26.2 miles in 2.50.53, behind Laura Graham who retained her national title in 2.39.07 and Catriona Jennings who was second in 2.42.36 - Curley was the ninth woman overall with Ukraine's Nataliya Lehonkova first home in 2.28.57.

Curley ran in the Olympics marathon in Beijing in 2008 and has been a multiple winner on the Irish marathon circuit in recent years as well as winning the national title in Dublin on three occasions, along with her four silver and four bronze medals.

She ran an average of 6.32 minutes a mile on Sunday, going through 10k in 40.30, half way in 1.35.12 and 30k in 2.00.44 before holding her pace fairly well for the closing 12km..

Now 48 years of age, the Killeigh native has been Offaly's most successful female athlete ever and also won her age category prize on Sunday.

She was one of a large Offaly contingent that took part in the marathon, which has seen a huge jump in numbers since switching to a Sunday from its traditional bank holiday Monday date.

It was a breezy day but a fairly good one for running and there were some excellent performances by Tullamore Harriers athletes with Geashill native Eddie Garry leading them home in a super 2.43.49.




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