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Eddie Murphy Double-Marathon

Just a short and sweet report this week – in sharp contrast to the race itself, I might add. I was running in the Eddie Murphy Memorial last Sunday – the race was to commemorate the life of an Irish runner named Eddie Murphy, who had completed 45 marathons before his untimely death in April 2011. There was a half-marathon, full marathon, a 30-mile ultra and a 52.4 mile double-marathon on the day. Between the four events, there were 100 competitors, of which 17 (including yours truly) attempted the double.

It was an absolutely miserable day in Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare from start to finish. The route was run on a one-mile loop of the village. If memory serves correctly, about one third of that loop was uphill, which was fine at the beginning but got progressively more difficult as the day wore on. We began the double at 7am and the rain began to pelt down a couple of hours later. It never stopped. About halfway through, gale-force headwinds began to push against us on the downhill portion of the route – so much for the recovery part of the route! At one point near the end, I even saw a lightning strike in a nearby field – that really speaks volumes about the mentality of the competitors, lightning literally struck and nobody batted an eyelid!

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I failed to finish this time. Obviously it was incredibly disappointing, firstly because that had never happened to me before and secondly, because I was only seven or eight miles from the end. However, the medical team judged that I was pretty close to hypothermia, and made a judgment call. In hindsight, it turned out to be correct, although at the time, it didn’t stop me complaining in the loudest possible language! After about an hour in the back of the ambulance, the lads dropped me off at a local B&B, where I stayed on till lunchtime the next day. I’d just like to say a quick word of thanks to them for looking after me, and getting me back to said B&B in once piece! Final stats on the day were 46 miles in just over nine and a half hours. Tomorrow morning, I’m back on the road for a marathon in the Phoenix Park. Soon after that’s done, I’ll hopefully have a full report up from the Dublin marathon from the end of October. For now, some shut-eye is definitely required…

-Ollie

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  1. There’s nothing shabby about your distance and time! Not many people can run 46 miles or for 9 1/2 hours – and in terrible conditions, at that. You did great! Hope you get that well deserved shut-eye.

    November 24, 2012
    • Thanks! Got it eventually – plus the coffee and fry-up breakfast the next morning did wonders :)

      November 29, 2012
  2. DNF’s are the worst! But it sounds like you were right to call it quits when you did. Still, it sucks that you went so far without officially finishing. I hope you rest up and that your next race is much better!*

    November 26, 2012
    • Thanks Amy, hope so! Gonna take a few weeks off and do the last two marathons on Dec 29th and 31st.

      November 29, 2012
  3. Terrible conditions, terrible weather and what a boring route! 46 laps of Sixmilebridge in 91/2 hours is just mad!! I bet there are plenty of locals who wouldn’t have done that in a lifetime!! Brilliant work on getting that far! Imagine you had given yourself hypothermia, you might not be running for a good while or you could have damaged your heart. Not worth it!!

    Well done & hope the Phoenix park is a lot more enjoyable! My target is to manage one marathon at some time – probably best to do my first one before my 50th birthday!! I like the idea of a cross country one… I don’t like running on roads. My husband did a Winchester to Sailsbury one a few years ago which sounds just the ticket.

    November 29, 2012
  4. I admire your efforts so much! Keep going and don’t be so hard on yourself–marathons are tough! Thx for stopping by my blog and following me.

    November 29, 2012

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