Ndungu Repeats At Dublin Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Oct. 30, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 30, 2012 at 10:59 AM UTC
Geoffrey Ndungu celebrates after the Dublin Marathon. Photo: Irish Times

He just wanted to win regardless of time.

Geoffrey Ndungu repeated as Dublin Marathon champion last weekend. The Kenyan clocked two hours, 11 minutes, and 9 seconds to break the tape. However, this time was several minutes slower than the 2:08:33 course record he ran last year.

“I knew I was strong. I started pushing at 39K,” the winner said.. “I just run to win. Anytime I come to Dublin I want to win this race.”

The first Irishman to cross the line was Paul Pollock, who came across in 2:16:33.

Sein Heir was the second man from Ireland. He finished 30 seconds behind Pollock.

More than 14,000 runners took part in the race, which was held in near-perfect conditions. It was a record turnout for the annual event.

And despite the higher-than-ever popularity of the race, it was not broadcast on television because it does not have a title sponsor.

The race course routes runners  through Dublin’s O’Connell Street, Parnell Square and the North Circular Road. The participants then wind through the city’s famed Phoenix Park.

For More: Irish Times


Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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