Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Cork and Dublin today as two marathon events take place.

In Dublin, an estimated 30,000 people turned out for the VHI Women's Mini Marathon while in Cork more than 8,500 people took part in the 12th Cork City Marathon.

Runners experienced warm, dry and cloudy conditions in both cities today.

In Cork, the marathon was won by Gary O'Hanlon from Clonliffe Harriers in Dublin who set a new course record in a time of 2 hours 21 minutes and 9 seconds.

The first female athlete home was Zola Flynn from Calry Athletic Club in Sligo.

This was her first marathon win and she completed the course in a time of 2 hours 58 minutes and 54 seconds.

This year, participation levels in the Cork City Marathon set a new record with runners and joggers opting to take part in the full and half marathons, or to run it as part of a relay team.

The marathon was revived in 2007 after a gap of 21 years.

Dolores Duffy ran to raise funds for Cork Univeristy Hospital's intensive care unit

Among those participating were Dolores Duffy who ran to raise funds for Cork Univeristy Hospital's intensive care unit.

Dressed as Superwoman, Dolores was attempting to break the world record for the fastest female to run a marathon dressed as a film character.

Also taking part was 65-year-old lecturer in the School of Applied Studies at Cork Institute of Technology Micheál Ó hAodáin.

He was running his 300th marathon and has pledged to donate funds raised to the Westgate Foundation which provides services for elderly people in Ballincollig, Co Cork.

Micheál Ó hAodáin was competing in his 300th marathon

In Dublin, thousands of women have taken part in the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin today.

The race was won by Lizzie Lee from Leevale A.C. in Cork in a time of 34.18.

Kathy Endersen, CEO, of the VHI Women's Mini Marathon, said: "Congratulations to the many thousands of women who took part today. 

"We feel very proud to have so many women taking to the streets of Dublin for the VHI Women's Mini Marathon, each with their own reasons for taking part, whether it's raising funds for great charitable causes, or to achieve their personal fitness goals."

Additional reporting: Joe Mag Raollaigh