Great Ireland Run

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The Great Ireland Run is an 10-kilometre road running competition which is held in Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland in mid-April.[1] It is held every year since 2003.

It is part of the Great Run series of athletics competitions. It has IAAF Bronze Label Road Race status.[2] It is sponsored by SPAR and features both an elite race (for sportspeople) and a popular race (for the general public).[3] There is also a 2.5 km fun run for 8–15-year-old runners.[4]

The 10 km race course begins at Chesterfield Avenue. It goes around in a clock-wise route to finish on Furze Road.[5] Over 10,000 people took part in the day's events in 2011.[6]

People who have run the race include former marathon world record holder Paul Tergat,[7] and World Championship medallist Meselech Melkamu, as well as some of Ireland's foremost athletes such as 1995 World Champion Sonia O'Sullivan and cross country specialist Catherina McKiernan.

Past winners[change | change source]

Key:       Course record       Irish championship race

Edition Year Men's winner Time (m:s) Women's winner Time (m:s)
9th 2011  Charlotte Purdue (GBR) 32:42  Jesús España (ESP) 29:26
8th 2010  Martin Fagan (IRL) 29:17  Freya Murray (GBR) 32:30
7th 2009  Rui Pedro Silva (POR) 28:45  Ana Dulce Félix (POR) 32:18
6th 2008  Abraham Chebii (KEN) 28:48  Doris Chepkwemoi Changeywo (KEN) 32:15
5th 2007  Abraham Chebii (KEN) 28:47  Victoria Mitchell (AUS) 33:06
4th 2006  Craig Mottram (AUS) 28:51  Meselech Melkamu (ETH) 31:41
3rd 2005  Craig Mottram (AUS) 28:35  Amy Rudolph (USA) 32:16
2nd 2004  Craig Mottram (AUS) 29:11  Catherina McKiernan (IRL) 33:39
1st 2003  Craig Mottram (AUS) 28:36  Sonia O'Sullivan (IRL) 32:24

Statistics[change | change source]

Winners by country[change | change source]

Country Men's race Women's race Total
 Australia 4 1 5
 Kenya 2 1 3
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland 1 2 3
 Portugal 1 1 2
Flag of Ethiopia.svg 0 1 1
 United Kingdom 0 1 1
 United States 0 1 1

People who won it more than once[change | change source]

Athlete Country Wins Years
Craig Mottram  Australia 4 2003–2006
Abraham Chebii  Kenya 2 2007, 2008

References[change | change source]

  1. Race History. Great Ireland Run. Retrieved on 2010-04-25.
  2. IAAF Road Race Label Events 2010. IAAF (2010). Retrieved on 2010-04-25.
  3. Fagan and Murray nab 10Km victories in Dublin. IAAF (2010-04-19). Retrieved on 2010-04-25.
  4. Junior Great Ireland Run. Great Ireland Run. Retrieved on 2010-04-25.
  5. Great Ireland Run Course Map. Great Ireland Run. Retrieved on 2010-04-25.
  6. High spirits as 10,000 hot foot it in the park The Irish Independent (2011-04-11). Retrieved on 2011-06-14.
  7. Cullen comes second in Dublin run . BBC Sport (2009-04-05). Retrieved on 2010-04-25.
List of winners