Dublin Marathon 2014

Pete HoltPete Holt ✭✭✭


Is anybody else thinking of entering Dublin in October of this year?


The website says that it is flat,


has anybody run it before, if so it a decent course etc?



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  • RedjeepRedjeep ✭✭✭

    Hi Peter. I'm planning on running it this year and if I make it to the start line it'll be third time lucky as I failed to make it due to injury the past two years!

    So unfortunately I can't give you my personal experience, but it is meant to be pretty flat, with great support from the crowds all the way around. I think that there's a bit of a drag about mile 22, but nothing too bad. There's plenty of threads about it on here.

  • SEdanSEdan ✭✭✭

    Did it last year - great race and good support. It doubles as the Irish national champs so there is a good mix of club and charity type runners.

  • Pete HoltPete Holt ✭✭✭

    sounds good I think I have made my mind up.  Dublin it is, training in earnest stats july14th - Is anybody else going in for it this year?

  • I'm thinking about it too as a place to make my first ever marathon run. It's my dads home city, been there plenty of times and have family living there so i'll be good for somewhere to kip beforehand. Just need to price up flights as it's half term that week, as well as being a bank hol in Ireland.

    No better place to go drinking either. I'll be limping aroung Copperface Jacks or the Bleeding Horse later that night fingers crossed!


  • I'm thinking about it too. Missed out on Brighton due to injury and need a new goal.
  • Pete HoltPete Holt ✭✭✭

    welcome aboard - 24th July will be 15 weeks away from the event.image

  • I did it last year. My second marathon after London. I had a brilliant time, really recommend it. Good luck!

  • I've been faffing about and haven't booked my flights yet. I think it's the realisation that once I do... It's game on!
  • ShazmoShazmo ✭✭✭

    I ran Dublin last year. I think it's a great marathon. It's well organised with waved starts so it's not too congested. The route is nice with plenty of crowd support. There are a few minor inclines and a few welcome declines, but it it mostly flat. I would definitely recommend it.

  • Dublin was my first marathon in 2011. The atmosphere was incredible. The support of the spectators Heartbreak Hill was fantastic. Due to injury I can not start in 2014., But I am looking forward to 2015. The course is interesting and not difficult. 

  • Pete HoltPete Holt ✭✭✭

    Game on - booked my place and booked my flights £63 return.


    no going back now image


    can anybody recommend a hotel near the start line?

  • I stayed at Kilronan House, It was about a 10-15 walk to the start line. They did an early breakfast for us runners and gave me a bin bag for the start line wait. Clean, friendly, good value.
  • CindersCinders ✭✭✭

    Who did you book your flights with Peter?

  • Pete HoltPete Holt ✭✭✭

    Thanks Georgie, I will check it out.


    Hi Cinders, I will post the link later, I have it saved on my other lap top.

    it was the best prices of any sites that I found.




  • Pete HoltPete Holt ✭✭✭

    Hi Cinders,


    here is the link:


     my itinerary has come direct from Ryan air!!




  • We stay allways in the  Mont Clare Hotel www.montclarehotel.ie/

    It`s less then a 5 min walk to startline and the finishline is directly in front of the hotel.

  • CindersCinders ✭✭✭

    Thanks Pete image

    We're booked into the Camden Court Hotel, used it when I last did Dublin in 2005.

  • Pete HoltPete Holt ✭✭✭

    thanks rafi and cinders both look great image

  • Hi there,

    Living in London and wanting to do the Dublin Marathon, would you recommend any good training runs that are taking place beforehand in the London area?  



  • Emmett,

    do you mean races or training routes?

    how far are you looking to run?

    what surface are you looking for?

  • Hi Peter.

    Im looking for anything from half marathon to 20 miles. I did Rotterdam in April and 3 weeks before there was a 20 mile prep race in Hyde Park for the London marathon which took place the same day as Rotterdam.

    I would be interested in any races or any training routes that are good marathon prep. Dublin takes place late Oct so anything from early Sep til mid Oct


  • Thanks a mil Peter,

    I've just completed a half marathon so I'm going to make my decision this week whether to do Dublin or not.  If so I'm going to do at least 2 of these training runs.

    Thanks again,


  • Sooooo,  who's doing Dublin in 2014?


    I am. image

  • me too

  • Done it before Stanley? What's you're taret time? I'm hoping to get under 3:30 (three attempts at Chester, Abingdon and London so far , all in the 3:32-3:38 range).


  • DrD no, first time at Dublin for me.

    Hoping I can duck under 3.10 (current PB) - think its going to be tight on current form but really looking forward to it anyway.





  • I did my 4th 20 miler yesterday with 10 miles at MP ... will do the Robin Hood marathon in 2 weeks which will be my 5th and final long run before Dublin.

  • Wow - using a marathon as a warm up, don't think I'd ever recover in time! Took the weekend off as feeling slight tightness in leg (where had problems earlier this year that meant missing London) but rest seems to have done the trick.

    I've got 4 x 20 miles under belt so far but nothing at MP, hence reticence about clocking a fast time. But, have got a half this coming weekend that should give me a better idea of where I am.

    Also wonder if anybody has tips about best places for spectators - taking family with me, they know Dublin pretty well but any advice on good spots to watch, how crowded it is near over the last few miles would be appreciated?

  • Not sure about spectator points ... been to Dublin many times but not for the marathon.

    The extra marathon is an experiment ... which may go horribly wrongimageimage. But didn't fancy putting all my eggs in one basket this time in case I'm ill or have a bad day at the office. Just need to make sure I pull out at Nottingham if it's going badly, and keep my powder dry for Dub.

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