Sergiu wins national title in Dublin marathon

Oct 26, 2009 [Noel Guiden] Clonliffe`s Sergiu Ciobanu has won his first National Marathon in the last few minutes. Run in conjunction with the Dublin City Marathon Sergiu was 15th overall in a time of 2.22.06. Race winner in an excellent 2.09.13 was Feyisa Lilesa.

Unfortunately our dream team were not able to complete the event. Despite all three looking great going through the Phoenix Park, Brian was upset my stomach cramps not too much later and dropped out just before 13 miles. Cian, suffering from a sore throat, pulled up at 18 miles. Another day boys.

Serigu showed great strength in the 2nd half of the race and always looked like the distance wasn’t going to trouble him. His half-way time of 71.33, means his second half was a little faster with a 70.33 clocking. A great run also from Clonliffe new boy Alan Horton 25th overall in 2.32.08.

More updates:Next Clonliffe man home after a truely superb run was Mark Birmingham, with sub 3 hour firmly in mind, he has shattered that barrier running 2.56.51 in 210th place!

Nigel Brunton was just over the three hours finishing in 3.01.31. Maurice McCrohan as consistant as ever ran 3.03.07. An excellent first marathon from Eoin Murray saw him run 3 hrs 4 mins.

In a sprint to the line Fergus Keenan (3.09.21) in 474th took Jermey Chapman by two places and two seconds (3.09.23). Pat Byrne was 495th in 3.09.57.

Next home looks like our first lady finisher in 722nd Aisling Coppinger in 3.17.45. Also finished are Alan Worrall 3.29.56 (he`ll do anything to get away from child minding duties) and Stephen Byrne who looks like he may have suffered a bit home in 3.35.44.

Later update: Declan Murray clocked up yet another marathon recording a time of 3.58.44. Brian Devitt ran 4.05.50 (kept that one quiet Brian!). Finally well done to Frank Behan on successfully completing his 30th Dublin City Marathon (6.55.34).

Congratulations to all our marathon runners, (if I`ve missed out on your result, sorry, but feel free to send omissions to me for updating to