ALL SYSTEMS go for Donegal marathon

ALL SYSTEMS go for Donegal marathon
Tom Comack @dgldemocrat

The Donegal Marathon is upon us once again with the third running of the popular event since it was revived in 2014.

Final entries are still being taken for the marathon and the half marathon which is on Sunday next in and around Letterkenny.

“We are looking at something in the region of 700 runners again this year,” said race director, Brendan McDaid.

“Just short of 100 runners took part in last year’s marathon and 600 competed in the half marathon and at this stage of the week, we are looking at similar numbers, unless we get a last minute rush.”

Entries close online on Friday evening next, August 19th August at 5 pm while entries will be also be taken the following day, Saturday, between 2 and 6 pm at the Aura Leisure Centre. To register online click on

The route is the same for the second year in-a-row. The marathon is timed to start at 9.20 am with the start on the Glenties Road, outside the Aura Leisure Centre.

“The Donegal Marathon and Half-Marathon are now firmly established on the Irish athletic calendar.

“We are looking forward to another big event again this year and we are keeping our fingers crossed that the weather will be kind to us.

“We have a wheelchair entrant this year for the first time, Jerry Forde from Cork is a well known wheelchair athlete and has competed in hundreds of marathons.”

The 2015 Marathon was won by Mark Doyle in a time of 2.38:29 with Margaret Carlin from St Brendan’s AC, Kerry, the first woman home. Margaret Carlin completed the course in a time of 3.28:51.

Freddy Keron Sittuk, Raheny AC, in a time of 1.09:38, won the 2015 half marathon, while Natasha Adams, Letterkenny AC, who was second overall, was the Women’s Half Marathon winner in a time of 1.16:19.