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Dream Run Dublin 17

Dream Run Dublin 17 official launch...

Dream Run Dublin 17 official launch..

Today (Saturday 29th April 2017), we had the honour of launching the #DreamRunDublin17 project at Victoria Park in Belfast.

Nearly 100 athletes applied for 10 available spaces.  Olympian Paul Pollock, the lead coach for the project, chose the following athletes: David Conliffe, Tara Malone, Jonathon Little, Darren Wallace, Liosa McKeown, Neil Curran, Barry Reid, Danny Donaldson, Stephen Smartt and Paul Curley.   

The athletes completed Belfast Victoria parkrun and then met up with Paul for a chat about the project and what will happen over the next few months in the lead up to Dublin Marathon 2017.

Over the next few days, we'll post up the athlete profiles to the Dream Run Dublin 17 page on our website.

We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who applied for the #DreamRunDublin17 and also our friends from Belfast Victoria parkrun for their generous hospitality today!   

#DreamRunDublin17 update (25/4/2017):
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who submitted applications to be part of the DREAM RUN DUBLIN 2017 project - we were overwhelmed by the interest.

Paul Pollock has now selected 10 applications and emails have been sent out to everyone who applied.  WELL DONE to those who will take part in #DreamRunDublin17 - if you didn't get selected, don't be feeling demotivated... get out there and continue your training and good luck going forward.

The names of the 10 selected athletes will be released after the official launch on Saturday 29th April 2017.


Here is your chance...

Dream Run Dublin 17:

Rio Olympian Paul Pollock is offering an exciting opportunity to Northern Ireland based runners aiming to take on the Dublin Marathon in 2017.

Local running website (Northern Ireland Running) has teamed up with the highly-respected marathoner, who boasts a 26.2 mile personal best of 2:15:30.  Paul will take his first steps into coaching by inviting a group of 10 athletes aiming to achieve a sub three hour marathon time at the Dublin Marathon in October 2017.  

Applications for the project will be welcomed from ambitious and enthusiastic athletes who are prepared to take on approximately 6 runs per week.  Paul, who just last week was named on the elite professional NN Running Team, will set athlete specific training plans himself

The project will include athlete meet ups and training days in the Belfast area, approximately every 4-6 weeks. Races will build from an initial parkrun 5k on Saturday 29th April 2017, to 10k and half marathon, right through to the culmination of the programme in October at the Dublin Marathon, which incorporates the AAI National Marathon Championships.

Speaking about the project, Paul explained that the overall aim is to improve marathon times by Northern Ireland runners. His hope is that in the near future, greater numbers of local athletes will be able to represent Northern Ireland and Ireland at the highest level.

Applicants should be aware that their progression and ultimate result in Dublin will be featured exclusively by – this will include photo sessions and video interviews where applicable.

For any applicants who are unfortunately not chosen or believe that the sub three hour mark is still too far beyond them, Paul can be contacted via his website, to discuss the possibility of private coaching.


If you are interested in being part of this exciting project, please send your NAME, AGE, CURRENT PERSONAL BESTS and EMAIL ADDRESS to [email protected] by 5pm on Thursday 20th April 2017.  Unfortunately applications after the closing date will not be considered under any circumstances and you MUST be able to attend the initial parkrun 5k at Victoria Park, Belfast on Saturday 29th April 2017.

Important Note:  In respect of local coaches, it is preferred that applicants are NOT currently being coached.  

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