I recently went on for a weekend in Dublin for the Dublin Marathon 2014. No, not to run it – I’m not that good/strong-willed yet! However, I did go to support my boyfriend, Rob, and his father, sister and a couple of other Capetonians who ran it. I thought it was an awesome way to get the family together, check out a new place and meet new people.
We flew in on Friday night after a whirlwind race to the airport (I had just returned from Morocco the night before and wasn’t quite with it…) and after checking into the hotel, went straight to dinner with Rob’s sister and her friend (also from Cape Town, also running the marathon) and went straight to a proper Irish pub, complete with steak and Guinness pie and a live Irish band. It was a the perfect, casual gaelic welcome!
The next morning, Rob needed to loosen his legs before the race, and I hadn’t put my running shoes on for over a week, so we headed for a gentle 5k down the canal side in Dublin near to where we were staying. It was a gorgeous, crisp morning and a great way to see a little more of the city. I really enjoyed it. After a quick shower, we headed into town to explore a little bit and to meet Rob’s dad for lunch. Saturday afternoon was all about a visit to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, which was actually pretty interesting, despite the fact that I absolutely despise beer… unless it is in a pie or fish batter, of course.
On Sunday, we headed to the marathon exposition to pick up marathon numbers and packs, had lunch and a wander around town before heading out on the Luas to a family gathering where the elder Capetonians were staying, out in the countryside. Then we got a lift back to the hotel for an early night in prep for the big day! Rob luckily slept like a baby. I got hit by insane Sunday night insomnia, which meant that I really had to pull it together when it came to smiling and getting him to the start line for 7am the next morning…
On the day of the race, the weather held off for them all as I trundled up to the start to see them set off, met them at the half way point for a photo op and again at mile 25 before meeting them afterwards in the bar for a well-deserved pint of Guinness. Welcome to Ireland! Rob then ran off to catch a flight for a business trip (yes, you read that right – after running 26.2miles, he boarded a 21hr flight to Taiwan and survived!). I spent the day relaxing with his sister, got an early night in a cosy hotel bed all to myself (love it when that happens!) before heading back to London the next day for meetings.
Where We Stayed: The Burlington Hotel
Where We Ate: The Farm was a great choice on a rainy Monday night.
What We Saw: Guinness Storehouse, various university buildings, Dublin Marathon Expo, Irish Music.