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Philippines Disaster Fund Raiser – East of Ireland Marathon Howth – November 2013
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Image by Peter Mooney
This is a photograph from the East of Ireland Marathon Series Marathon and Half Marathon which was held at Sutton and Howth, Co. Dublin, Ireland on Saturday 23rd November 2013 at 09:00. This was a special charity marathon organised to raise some funds for the vicitms of the Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Typhoon Yolanda, which was the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record and caused catastrophic destruction in the central Philippines, particularly on Samar Island and Leyte (Tacloban city). According to the United Nations about 11 million people have been affected and many have been left homeless. Over a million houses were damaged. Over 5,000 people (November 20th figures) were killed by the storm or it’s aftermath. The marathon was organised by the Filipino Irish (Fil-Irish Runners) who are living and working in Ireland and who are very active participants in the Irish road racing and marathon running scene. The race today showed great solidarity and friendship between all of the runners in the races today with their Filipino friends. The atmosphere at the start was sombre and respectful but it was important that everyone enjoyed the day as this was a wonderful gesture from the East of Ireland marathon running community. Many marathon running friends who couldn’t make it today also provided donations to this most worthy of causes. Well done to everyone involved. A day to be very proud of this community of marathon runners in Ireland. The total amount raised was over 2500 euros with proceeds coming directly from today’s race and other sources who contributed. The Filipino Irish will ensure that this money will go directly to charities working on the ground with people in the devasted areas of the Philippines. The Filipino Irish also provided a lovely spread of refreshments representing beautiful Filipino confectionary!

This race event was part of the East of Ireland Marathon Series. The East Of Ireland Marathon Series aims to make marathons affordable and convienient for the runners of Ireland. The serires organisers aim to promote marathon running and to make the process as stress free and enjoyable as possible. All courses are measured to full AAI standards and have a minimum of 10 Entrants. The marathons are self sufficent to a degree although there are limited supplies of water available on the day of the race. There will be no extra frills like chip timing and finish gantrys. However all finishing times are accurately and officially recorded. This is to keep the price down and keep the races as affordable as possible. The East of Ireland Marathon series is all inclusive and welcomes runners who are new to marathon running as well as experienced veterans.

This photograph is part of a Flickr set of photographs we took at this event. The Flickr set is available here []. This set includes photographs from the start, in-race, and finish of the race.

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Overall Race Summary
Participants: The East of Ireland marathon series stricly limits the number of participants. There were about 50 participants in the race today. There was the option to run 2 loops and finish a half marathon.
Weather: The overnight frost meant that it was a calm but very chilly start to the race. There was some beautiful periods of November sunshine with hardly any breeze. This was particularly welcome as the very tough hills on the course were somewhat more managable without a head wind.
Course: The race is a 4 looped course of Howth head. The loop which is approximately 6.63 miles starts at Sutton cross roads on the Howth Road. The route then proceeds south eastwards along the Greenfield Road following on to the Carrickbrack Road and onwards to the top of Howth Head. The route follows the R105 the whole way around in an anti-clockwise formation. When the route reaches the peak of Howth Head it follows the R105 north along Thormanby Road into Howth Village. When in Howth Village the route follows Harbour Road and then proceeds westwards back to the starting point of the loop. Just before the return to the starting point there is some very severe downhill which is tough on the legs after several miles of climbing.
Location Map: This is the start finish area at on the Harbour Road in Howth Village: (Google Streetview). The Summit of Howth is where the climbing is over (see Google StreetView here

Some Useful Links
A Garmin Connect GPS Trace of the Marathon Loop:
The Wikipedia Entry on Typhoon Haiyan:
A meterological visualisation of the track of the Typhoon:
Before and after photographs of the typhoon struck regions from the Wall Street Journal:…
Our Set of Photographs from the Marathon Club of Ireland Marathon Race at Killeigh, November 2013:
East of Ireland Marathons Facebook Group Page: (you will need a Facebook account to view this)
East of Ireland Marathons Web Homepage:
Professional Photographer Hannah Levy has galleries for several previous East of Ireland Marathons in 2013: (Race 1 to Race 5 in 2013)
Read about the Filipino People:

b>Can I use these photographs directly from Flickr on my social media account?

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All of the photographs posted here on this Flickr set are available free, at no cost, at full image resolution. We take these photographs as a hobby and as a contribution to the running community in Ireland. Our only "cost" is our request that if you are using these images without the watermark: (1) on social media sites such as Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter,LinkedIn, Google+, etc or (2) other websites, blogs, web multimedia, commercial/promotional material that you must provide a link back to our Flickr page to attribute us.

This also extends the use of these images for Facebook profile pictures. In these cases please make a separate wall or blog post with a link to our Flickr page. If you do not know how this should be done for Facebook or other social media please email us and we will be happy to help suggest how to link to us.

Please email petermooney78 AT gmail DOT com with the links to the photographs you would like to obtain a full resolution copy of. We also ask race organisers, media, etc to ask for permission before use of our images for flyers, posters, etc. We reserve the right to refuse a request.

In summary please remember when requesting photographs from us – all we ask is for you to provide a link back to our Flickr set or Flickr pages. You will find the link above clearly outlined in the description text which accompanies this photograph. Taking these photographs and preparing them for online posting does take a significant effort. We are not posting photographs to Flickr for commercial reasons. If you really like what we do please spread the link around your social media, send us an email, leave a comment beside the photographs, send us a Flickr email, etc.

If you would like to contribute something for your photograph(s) or the charity above?
Many people offer payment for our photographs. As stated above we do not charge for these photographs. We take these photographs as our contribution to the running community in Ireland. If you feel that the photograph(s) you request are good enough that you would consider paying for their purchase from other photographic providers we would suggest that you can provide a donation to any of the International Aid Agencies which are providing assistance to the people of the Phillipines. Examples include: Trocaire: or Oxfam Ireland:

I ran in the race – but my photograph doesn’t appear here in your Flickr set! What gives?

As mentioned above we take these photographs as a hobby and as a voluntary contribution to the running community in Ireland. Very often we have actually ran in the same race and then switched to photographer mode after we finished the race. Consequently, we feel that we have no obligations to capture a photograph of every participant in the race. However, we do try our very best to capture as many participants as possible. But this is sometimes not possible for a variety of reasons:

     ►You were hidden behind another participant as you passed our camera
     ►Weather or lighting conditions meant that we had some photographs with blurry content which we did not upload to our Flickr set
     ►There were too many people – some races attract thousands of participants and as amateur photographs we cannot hope to capture photographs of everyone
     ►We simply missed you – sorry about that – we did our best!

You can email us petermooney78 AT gmail DOT com to enquire if we have a photograph of you which didn’t make the final Flickr selection for the race. But we cannot promise that there will be photograph there. As alternatives we advise you to contact the race organisers to enquire if there were (1) other photographs taking photographs at the race event or if (2) there were professional commercial sports photographers taking photographs which might have some photographs of you available for purchase. You might find some links for further information above.

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