CORK'S Lizzie Lee struck national glory with an excellent run of 2:35:05 at the 39th SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon yesterday.
For the Leevale ace, it was her first national marathon title.
Lizzie finished third overall in the women’s race with Ethiopia’s Mesera Dubiso winning in 2:33:49 followed by her country woman Motu Gedefa in second place with a time of 2:34:22.
Lee was an ecstatic and emotional winner of the national title as she embraced her coach Donie Walsh and family at the finish. This capped a great year in the capital for Lee, who won the Evening Echo Women's Mini Marathon for the first this year and add her first national marathon title to boot.
“It’s so good to win in Dublin,” said Lee gleefully. “It’s a brilliant course with brilliant support all the way around.
"It was a great race. I really wanted to win the national title.”
Caitriona Jennings (Letterkenny) ran strongly for second in 2:41:17 with another Cork woman Jill Hodgins (Leevale) third in 2:47:53. It was double delight for Lee with Leevale unofficially winning the women’s team title also with Nollaigh O’Neill 34th in the overall women’s standings in 3:02:10.