Kenya’s Caroline Jepchirchir will be the start to watch at the 39th edition of the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon that will be held on Sunday (28) in Dublin, Ireland.
Jepchichir has had a great season winning the Belfast Marathon in early October and also taking the top honors at the Edinburgh Marathon that was held in May.
The 33 year-old comes to this race with a personal best of 2:27.27 that she got in 2013 at Ljubljana Marathon.
Jepchirchir will not have an easy ride as the race organisers have put together a strong elite line up to try and lower the race course record of 2:26.13 that was set by Tatyana Aryssova from Russia. Ethiopia’s Motu Gedefa who finished third in 2016 and Mesera Dubiso have also been lined up to battle for honors.
Ireland’s Lizzie Lee will be looking to make her mark in her second ever Dublin Marathon, she last competed in 2006. The Olympic marathoner has a personal best of 2:32.51 that she got at the 2015 Berlin Marathon. The Cork woman has shown good form this year, setting a new personal best in the Half Marathon of 1:13.19 at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in March and winning the Women’s Mini Marathon in June.
Also on the start line up is Lithuanian Remalda Kergyte who comes with a personal best of 2:35.13.
Race Director Jim Aughney said: “We are delighted to again have a sold-out entry of 20,000. The marathon has grown 10-fold from just over 2,000 runners in 1980 to 20,000 today. I am also proud that we are celebrating female runners today, with a special mention to Mary (Hickey) who has competed in every marathon since we started back in 1980.”