Great Ireland Run

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Great Ireland Run
Ireland - Dublin - Phoenix Park - Wellington Monument 2.jpg
The Wellington Monument in Phoenix Park – the race venue
Date Mid-April
Location Dublin, Ireland
Event type Road
Distance 10 km
Established 2003
Official site

The Great Ireland Run is an annual 10-kilometre road running competition which is held in Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland in mid-April.[1] It is part of the Great Run series of athletics competitions and it also holds IAAF Bronze Label Road Race status.[2] It is sponsored by SPAR and features both an elite race and a popular race.[3]

The 10 km race course begins at Chesterfield Avenue and loops around in a clock-wise circuit to finish on Furze Road.[4] A 2.5 km fun run for 8–15-year-old runners is also featured on the programme of events.[5] Over 11,000 people took part in the day's events in 2010.[6] The elite races in 2010 also doubled up as the Irish 10K Championships.[7]

Past participants have included former marathon world record holder Paul Tergat,[8] and World Championship medalist Craig Mottram, as well as some of Ireland's foremost athletes such as 1995 World Champion Sonia O'Sullivan and cross country specialist Catherina McKiernan. The course record holders are both Ethiopian – Kenenisa Bekele with his 27:49-minute run in 2012 and Meselech Melkamu with her record of 31:41 set in 2006.[9]

Past winners[edit]

Key:   Course record   Irish championship race

Edition Year Men's winner Time (m:s) Women's winner Time (m:s)
14th 2016  Andy Maud (GBR) 29:55  Fionnuala McCormack (IRL) 33:30
13th 2015  Japhet Korir (KEN) 28:15  Gemma Steel (GBR) 33:03
12th 2014  Japhet Korir (KEN) 29:12  Iwona Lewandowska (POL) 33:39
11th 2013  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 28:51  Lauren Howarth (GBR) 33:36
10th 2012  Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 27:49  Gemma Steel (GBR) 32:06
9th 2011  Jesús España (ESP) 29:26  Charlotte Purdue (GBR) 32:42
8th 2010  Martin Fagan (IRL) 29:17  Freya Murray (GBR) 32:30
7th 2009  Rui Pedro Silva (POR) 28:45  Ana Dulce Félix (POR) 32:18
6th 2008  Abraham Chebii (KEN) 28:48  Doris Changeywo (KEN) 32:15
5th 2007  Abraham Chebii (KEN) 28:47  Victoria Mitchell (AUS) 33:06
4th 2006  Craig Mottram (AUS) 28:51  Meselech Melkamu (ETH) 31:41
3rd 2005  Craig Mottram (AUS) 28:35  Amy Rudolph (USA) 32:16
2nd 2004  Craig Mottram (AUS) 29:11  Catherina McKiernan (IRL) 33:39
1st 2003  Craig Mottram (AUS) 28:36  Sonia O'Sullivan (IRL) 32:24



  1. ^ Race History. Great Ireland Run. Retrieved on 25 April 2010.
  2. ^ IAAF Road Race Label Events 2010. IAAF (2010). Retrieved on 25 April 2010.
  3. ^ Fagan and Murray nab 10Km victories in Dublin. IAAF (19 April 2010). Retrieved on 25 April 2010.
  4. ^ Great Ireland Run Course Map. Great Ireland Run. Retrieved on 25 April 2010.
  5. ^ Junior Great Ireland Run. Great Ireland Run. Retrieved on 25 April 2010.
  6. ^ Great day for a run as 11,000 take over park . The Irish Independent (19 April 2010). Retrieved on 25 April 2010.
  7. ^ SPAR Great Ireland Run. Athletics Ireland (18 April 2010). Retrieved on 25 April 2010.
  8. ^ Cullen comes second in Dublin run . BBC Sport (5 April 2009). Retrieved on 25 April 2010.
  9. ^ Martin, David (15 April 2012). Bekele sparkles with 27:49 10km in Dublin. IAAF. Retrieved on 21 April 2012.
List of winners