Northern Ireland athletes took three of the top seven places in the Airtricity Dublin City Marathon which attracted a massive entry of 15,000 competitors.
Tom Frazer, competing again after his personal best in Berlin, came fourth while Annadale pair Paddy Hamilton and Eddie McGinley – both making their debuts over the classic distance – placed fifth and seventh respectively.
All three started cautiously with Frazer and Hamilton reaching half distance in 71:08, with McGinley almost two minutes back as the fancied Sean Hehir from Rathfarnham and Joe Sweeney from all DSD disputed the lead.
By 20 miles Frazer had moved up to fifth with Hamilton close behind at eighth and McGinley 10th.
Frazer and Hamilton then were up to fourth and sixth with two miles remaining before finishing strongly.
Frazer crossed the line in 2:22:35 just 33 seconds outside the medals with Hamilton next in 2:23:38 and McGinley seventh with 2:24:50.
Unfortunately the very windy conditions meant that Hamilton and McGinley were unable to get the near the Commonwealth standard of 2:18.
Frazer has already achieved it along with Paul Pollock.
Sean Hehir broke away at 20 miles to become the first Irish winner since John Treacy 20 years ago when he finished in 2:18:19 just over a minute ahead of Sweeney. Sergiu Ciobanu took third spot.
Letterkenny girl Maria McCambridge triumphed in spite of an upset stomach to become the first Irish overall winner since Sonia O’Sullivan.
The world championship runner battled with Clare McCarthy and in spite of a pitstop of 18 miles came home 36 seconds before the Limerick girl in 2:38:51. Former Olympian Pauline Curley from Tullamore was third.