8 types of runners you’ll meet at a marathon

Whether it’s Cork, Dublin or you’re competing in this weekend… expect to share the road with this lot.

1. The genuine contender

Running is not just a hobby but their career. No messing around here, you can put money on them crossing the line before 95% of the other competitors.

James Roitich and Joel Kipsang. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Declan Roughan

Vira Ovcharuk. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Stephen Hamilton

2. The bloke who insists on cross-dressing

It may look thrown together but they’ve been planning their outfit all year. Generally more concerned with getting papped than making an impact in the race.

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3. The groups

It’s all about strength in numbers for this band of merry joggers. Usually wearing matching t-shirts advertising their charity name.

Members of the Air Corps. Credit: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

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4. The celebrity

Only after they pass you coming around St Stephen’s Green do you realise it’s ‘your man off the radio’.

Second Captains host Eoin McDevitt. Credit: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Rosanna Davidson. Credit: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Ray D’Arcy. Credit: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

5. The lad who has got no running left in him

They’ve given their all and literally can’t go on any further. Call the medics, quick!

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Credit: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

6. The show-off

Really… There’s no need.

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7. The casual walker

Not going anywhere fast but who cares, they’re out to enjoy their Bank Holiday Monday.

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8. The fancy dress brigade

They come in all shapes and sizes and add colour and character to the race.

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Credit: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

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