National Marathon Champions for Ireland

National Marathon Champions for Ireland (BLE/Athletics Ireland)

Men (46 runnings)  
27 Oct 2012   Dublin               2:16:30    Paul Pollock
31 Oct 2011   Dublin               2:18:54    Sean Connolly
25 Oct 2010   Dublin               2:19:33    Sergiu Turea Ciobanu-2
26 Oct 2009   Dublin               2:22:04    Sergiu Turea Ciobanu (MDA)
27 Oct 2008   Dublin               2:20:49    Michael O'Connor-2
29 Oct 2007   Dublin               2:25:48    Michael O'Connor
30 Oct 2006   Dublin               2:22:37    Cian McLoughlin
31 Oct 2005   Dublin               2:23:19    Gary Crossan-4
25 Oct 2004   Dublin               2:24:07    Gary Crossan-3
27 Oct 2003   Dublin               2:20:26    Gary Crossan-2
06 May 2002   Belfast NIR          2:24:20    Gary Crossan
27 May 2001   Dungarven            2:25:42    Pauric McKinney
28 May 2000   Dublin               2:21:28    Gerry Healy-2
23 May 1999   Sligo                2:18:06    Gerry Healy
19 Apr 1998   Killenaule           2:22:08    Richard Hooper-6
20 Apr 1997   Derry                2:29:08    Seamus O'Donnell-3
21 Apr 1996   Mallow               2:25:41    Seamus O'Donnell-2
23 Apr 1995   Sligo                2:27:11    Richard Mulligan
10 Apr 1994   Dublin               2:27:30    Eamonn Tierney
18 Apr 1993   Clonmel              2:23:38    Seamus O'Donnell
26 Oct 1992   Dublin               2:17:19    Jerry Kiernan
28 Oct 1991   Dublin               2:14:46    Thomas Hughes (NIR)
22 Apr 1990   Clonmel              2:16:07    Roy Dooney
23 Apr 1989   Tralee               2:18:49    John Griffin
24 Apr 1988   Wexford              2:11:30    John Woods
07 Jun 1987   Galway               2:23:28    Pat Heffernan
12 Apr 1986   Portlaoise           2:15:58    Kingston Mills
23 Jun 1985   Limerick             2:24:06    John O'Toole
23 Apr 1984   Cork                 2:14:29    Richard Hooper-5
28 Aug 1983   Letterkenny          2:19:09    Daniel McDaid-4
06 Jun 1982   Limerick             2:12:56    Richard Hooper-4
07 Jun 1981   Cork                 2:15:37    Richard Hooper-3
18 May 1980   Tullamore            2:16:27    Richard Hooper-2
08 Jul 1979   Tullamore            2:17:46    Pat Hooper
18 Jun 1978   Tullamore            2:23:19    Richard Hooper
05 Jun 1977   Loughrea             2:20:34    Desmond McGann
11 Apr 1976   Limerick             2:13:06    Daniel McDaid-3
18 May 1975   Galway               2:19:45.6  Richard Hodgins
26 May 1974   Portlaoise           2:19:02.4  Daniel McDaid-2
15 Jul 1973   Portlaoise           2:22:05.4  Brendan O'Shea
25 Jun 1972   Athlone              2:15:21    Donal Walsh
27 Jun 1971   Portlaoise           2:14:30    Patrick Coyle
16 Aug 1970   Ballinamore          2:22:13    Daniel McDaid
17 Aug 1969   Thurles              2:22:30    Michael Molloy-2
18 Aug 1968   Galway               2:22:52    Michael Molloy
04 Jun 1967   Santry               2:14:35    William Dunne

Non-champion winners
2012  2:11:09    Geoffrey Ndungu Gikuni-2
2011  2:08:35    Geoffrey Ndungu Gikuni (KEN)
2010  2:08:58    Moses Kibet Kangogo (KEN)
2009  2:09:12    Feyisa Lelisa Gemechu (ETH)
2008  2:11:06    Andrey Naumov (UKR)
2007  2:09:07    Aleksey Sokolov-2
2006  2:11:39    Aleksey Sokolov (RUS)
2005  2:13:14    Dmitriy Osadchyi (UKR)
2004  2:13:08    Lezan Kimutai (KEN)
2003  2:17:03    Onesmus Nzioka (KEN)
2002  2:22:21    Simon Pride (SCO)

Notes: The 1967 course was about 24 miles (38.6 km) and the 1971and 1976 courses were also short.

Note: In 1984, both the men's and women's first finishers were disqualified for violating the IAAF limited the size and number of advertising logos allowed on a runner's singlet. Jerry Kiernan was the first male finisher in 2:14:30 but was disqualified because the advertising lettering was too large. Deirdre Nagle was was first woman finisher in 2:48:26 but was disqualified because she had three advertising logos on her singlet (only one was permitted under IAAF rules).

Note: Sergiu Turea Ciobanu is recognized as an Irish club runner due to his long residence in Ireland and as such, is eligible for the Irish championship.

Women (32 runnings)  
27 Oct 2012   Dublin               2:35:28    Maria McCambridge-2
31 Oct 2011   Dublin               2:36:23    Linda Byrne
25 Oct 2010   Dublin               2:39:39    Barbara Sanchez
26 Oct 2009   Dublin               2:45:40    Annette Kealy-2
27 Oct 2008   Dublin               2:36:23    Maria McCambridge
29 Oct 2007   Dublin               2:42:30    Pauline Curley-2
30 Oct 2006   Dublin               2:42:46    Jill Shannon
31 Oct 2005   Dublin               2:42:16    Pauline Curley
25 Oct 2004   Dublin               2:57:16    Orlagh Tuohy
27 Oct 2003   Dublin               2:43:04    Annette Kealy
06 May 2002   Belfast NIR          2:50:33    Teresa Duffy
27 May 2001   Dungarven            3:30:42    Fidelma Ayres
28 May 2000   Dublin               2:59:44    Mary Jennings-3
23 May 1999   Sligo                3:00:45    Mary Jennings-2
20 Apr 1997   Derry                3:21:05    Donna McNulty
21 Apr 1996   Mallow               2:52:52    Bridget Murphy-3
23 Apr 1995   Sligo                3:00:45    Mary Jennings
10 Apr 1994   Dublin               2:57:42    Eleanor Hill
18 Apr 1993   Clonmel              2:51:33    Bridget Murphy-2
26 Oct 1992   Dublin               2:43:08    Bridget Murphy
28 Oct 1991   Dublin               2:35:56    Christine Kennedy-3
22 Apr 1990   Clonmel              2:38:05    Christine Kennedy-2
23 Apr 1989   Tralee               2:53:37    Mary Ryan
24 Apr 1988   Wexford              2:40:45    Marie Rollins
07 Jun 1987   Galway               2:58:25    Kathleen Looney
12 Apr 1986   Portlaoise           2:41:33    Ailish Smyth
23 Jun 1985   Limerick             2:47:37    Theresa Kidd-2
23 Apr 1984   Cork                 2:49:46    Christine Kennedy
28 Aug 1983   Letterkenny          2:52:11    Theresa Kidd
06 Jun 1982   Limerick             2:38:49    Mary Purcell
07 Jun 1981   Cork                 2:42:39    Carey May

Non-champion winners
2012  2:30:46    Magdeline Mukunzi Syombua (KEN)
2011  2:30:37    Helalia Johannes (NAM)
2010  2:26:13    Tatyana Arysova (RUS)
2009  2:32:45    Yekatarina Stetsenko (UKR)
2008  2:29:55    Larisa Zyusko (RUS)
2007  2:29:20    Alina Ivanova-2
2006  2:29:49    Alina Ivanova (RUS)
2005  2:32:53    Zenaida Semyonova (RUS)
2004  2:32:53    Elena Burykina (RUS)
2003  2:27:22    Ruth Kutol (KEN)
2002  2:49:39    Trudi Thomson (SCO)


Most Titles

Men (1967-date)

6

Richard Hooper 1978,1980-82,1984,1998

Women (1981-date)

3

Christine Kennedy 1984,1990-91
. Bridget Murphy 1992-93,1996
. Mary Jennings 1998-2000


National Marathon Champions for Ireland (AAU)

Men (10 runnings)  
29 Jul 1966   Dublin               2:24:29    James McNamara-3
04 Sep 1965   Dublin               2:23:34    James McNamara-2
15 Aug 1964   Dublin (Finglas)     2:33:17    James McNamara
10 Aug 1963   Dublin (Finglas)     2:27:06    Bertie Messitt-2
11 Aug 1962   Dublin (Finglas)     2:30:40    Bertie Messitt
02 Sep 1961   Dublin (Finglas)     2:55:00    Mick Doyle
06 Aug 1960   Dublin               2:27:50    Gerald McIntyre
29 Aug 1959   Dublin               2:40:47    Vincent Frazer-Walker-3
26 Jul 1958   Dublin               2:32:42    Vincent Frazer-Walker-2
       1957                        2:48:      Alex Ingle


All-Ireland 
Champions (NACA)
Men (42 runnings)  
30 Jul 1966   Banteer              2:24:45    Michael Molloy
25 Jul 1965   Banteer              2:28:37    Harry Gorman-2
26 Jul 1964   Gorey                2:35:02    Harry Gorman
28 Jul 1963   Killarney            2:37:28    Noel Henry
21 Jul 1962   Killarney            2:37:07    Seamus Kearns-2
24 Jul 1961   Fermoy               2:45:44    Seamus Kearns
23 Jul 1960   Crumlin              2:53:52    Willie Morris
26 Jul 1959   Crumlin              2:41:59    Dan Lennon-2
27 Jul 1958   Dublin               2:29:23    Noel McGowan
28 Jul 1957   Crumlin              2:48:07    Dan Lennon (NIR)
29 Jul 1956   Crumlin              2:41:10    Patsy McCabe-3
31 Jul 1955   Crumlin              2:48:50    Patsy McCabe-2
24 Jul 1954   Crumlin              2:42:49    Patsy McCabe (NIR)
02 Aug 1953   Belfast NIR          2:42:36    Terence O'Sullivan
05 Jul 1952   Crumlin              3:13:50    J Exley
04 Aug 1951   Crumlin              3:05:14    Joe Williams
10 Sep 1950   Mosney               3:03:30    Jack Cox
11 Sep 1949   Mosney               3:11:05    Tom Reilly
04 Jul 1948   Ballinasloe          2:33:20    Aidan Browne
02 Aug 1947   Dundalk              3:04:47    Charles Browne
04 Aug 1946   Dundalk              3:10:55    A Harrington
05 Aug 1945   Ballinasloe          2:58:02.4  Michael Egan-2
07 Aug 1944   Dundalk              3:22:22.4  Michael Egan
01 Aug 1943   Clonmel              2:54:23    Patrick Ryan-2
26 Jul 1942   Enniscorthy          3:03:01    Patrick Ryan
03 Aug 1941   Drogheda             3:45:16    Ed O'Connell
       ....   not held
22 Jul 1939   Dublin               3:00:00.4  Jim Hayden-3
17 Jul 1938   Cashel               3:09:15    Jim Hayden-2
16 Jul 1937   Dublin               3:02:25    Jim Hayden
05 Jun 1936   Dublin               2:48:27    Billy Morton
26 Jul 1935   Dublin               2:52:31    James J Doyle
17 Jun 1934   Dublin               3:24:15    John Timmins-2
23 Jun 1933   Dublin               2:49:52    John Timmins
19 Jun 1932   Dublin               2:57:27    Dave McKeon-3
28 Jun 1931   Dublin               3:00:02.6  G J McKinney
29 Jun 1930   Dublin               3:11:35    Dave McKeon-2
30 Jun 1929   Dublin               3:11:15    Dave McKeon
27 Jun 1928   Dublin               2:55:40    P J Doyle
27 Jun 1927   Dublin               2:55:00.6  Jack O'Reilly-4
27 Jun 1926   Dublin               2:58:30    Jack O'Reilly-3
28 Jun 1925   Dublin               2:56:04    Jack O'Reilly-2
08 Jun 1924   Dublin               3:01:26    Jack O'Reilly

Notes: The inaugural Irish Marathon Championship was held in 1924. The 1924-1928 and 1948 courses are considered to have been significantly short.

From 1924 thru 1928, the route was from Garlow Cross (Navan) to Croke Park (Dublin) via Dunshaughlin and Phibsboro’. The same course was used the Tailheann Games Marathons won in 1924 by Dan Quinn (SCO) in 1928 by 2:54:16 and Joie Ray (USA) in 2:31:25.4 respectively. A re-measurement was made and the distance was found to be 24.7 miles. The 1929 race was run over the same route but starting at Marin bridge, a point 1.5 miles beyond Garlow Cross. The championship races from 1930-1937 were run over an out-and-back course starting and finishing at Croke Park, via Phibsboro, Ashtown, Clonee, and Dunboyne. The 1938 National Championship was held in conjunction with the Cashel Sports, the route being Boherlahan, Holycross, Thurles, Horse and Jockey, Cashel and one circuit of the track. The 1939 race was held in connection with the Tramway Sports at Croke Park, Dublin, the route being from Croke Park along the Ashbourne-Navan road and back to Croke Park.

All-Ireland Champions (AAU/NIRR)

Men (24 runnings)  
25 Jun 1966   Dublin               2:31:30    William Dunne-4
03 Jul 1965   Belfast NIR          2:39:35    William Dunne-3
20 Jun 1964   Dublin               2:34:45    William Dunne-2
29 Jun 1963   Belfast NIR          2:32:28    Bertie Messitt-2
23 Jun 1962   Dublin               2:28:40    William Dunne
01 Jul 1961   Belfast NIR          2:32:17    Hugh McEleney-2
02 Jul 1960   Dublin               2:28:42.7  Bertie Messitt
27 Jun 1959   Belfast NIR          2:33:00    Robert Crossan-3
28 Jun 1958   Dublin               2:33:19    Hugh McEleney
29 Jun 1957   Belfast NIR          2:39:58    Vincent Frazer-Walker
23 Jun 1956   Dublin               2:42:07    Robert Crossan-2
02 Jul 1955   Belfast NIR          2:33:00    Harry Cooney-2
26 Jun 1954   Dublin               2:38:39.3  Robert Crossan
20 Jun 1953   Belfast NIR          2:43:15    Harry Cooney
15 Jul 1952   Dublin               2:45:00    Joseph West
23 Jun 1951   Belfast NIR          2:44:53.8  John Henning-5
08 Jul 1950   Dublin               3:03:22    John Henning-4
09 Jul 1949   Belfast NIR          2:45:07    John Henning-3                     
19 Jun 1948   Dublin               2:56:02    Francis Mulvihill
28 Jun 1947   Belfast NIR          2:44:57    John Henning-2
24 Jun 1946   Dublin               3:13:48    John Henning (NIR)
23 Jun 1945   Belfast NIR          2:49:00    Tom Orr-3
24 Jun 1944   Dublin               2:47:43    Tom Orr-2
19 Jun 1943   Belfast NIR          3:07:15    Tom Orr
Non-champion winners
1954  2:35:33.2  Arthur Keily (ENG)

Note: The 1955 race was short due to a marshalling error which resulted in the runners following a shorter route.

Note: The National Athletic and Cycling Association had jurisdiction over all counties and conducted what may be considered "All-Ireland" championships. The NACA was recognized by the IAAF until it was suspended from the IAAF in 1936. In 1937, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) was formed and recognized by the IAAF as having jurisdiction over Ireland except for the five northern counties that constitute what is known as Northern Ireland and is under the jurisdiction of the Northern Ireland Athletics Association (NIAA), see Marathon Champions for Northern Ireland. In 1967 the AAU and NACA had merged to create a new body, Bord Luthchleas na hEireann [BLE] which then was recognised by the IAAF. All-Ireland Championships were held under the joint auspices of the AAU and NIAA (see above).  The BLE was supplanted by Athletics Ireland in 2000.


Last Updated on 09 Dec 2012

Contributors: Martin Rix (50), Alex Wilson (50), Andy Milroy (50), Jim Aughney, Will Downing