Last monday more than 15.000 people took to the streets of Dublin to participate in the 36th SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Nataliya Lehonkova from Ukraine and Alemu Gemechu from Ethiopia won the ladies and mens classes respectively, and for the occasion we have taken a look at the development in winning times since the first race in 1980.

A chart showing the development of ladies winning times int the Dublin Marathon.

A chart showing the development of ladies winning times in the Dublin Marathon.

As we see, since 1980 the winning times has become faster and faster over the years. The current record holder for the ladies is Tatiana Aryasova from Russia who finished in 2:26:13 in 2010. That’s more than 22 minutes faster than the slowest ever win for the ladies.

A chart showing the development of mens winning times int the Dublin Marathon.

A chart showing the development of mens winning times int the Dublin Marathon.

For the men there’s not as a clear trend as with the ladies. Not until the year 2000 at least. From there the time fell fast and the current lowest winning time for the men is 2:08:33, by Geoffrey Ndungu from Kenya in 2011. Something happened in 2013 however, where the winning time of 2:18:19 was the fourth slowest of all in the history of the Dublin Marathon. We see a similar trend in the ladies class. The wining time of 2:38:51, was the slowest in 15 years.

Over the years more and more nationalities have been represented in the Dublin Marathon, and naturally therefore the winners of the 35 year old marathon are representing several countries. While Irish women are still the majority of winners of the Dublin Marathon, Irish men have become a «minority».

The last 20 years – since 1995- Kenyan men have won the marathon 12 times. As a matter of fact, in that same period of time, 16 of the winners come from the continent of Africa.