Noel Carroll (runner)
Noel Carroll was an Irish
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 middle distance runner
Middle distance track event
Middle distance running events are track races longer than sprints, up to 3000 metres. The standard middle distances are the 800 metres, 1500 metres and mile run, although the 3000 metres may also be classified as a middle distance event. The 880 yard run, or half mile, was the forebear to the...

 who set European and World Records in the 1960s. He became the Dublin Corporation
Dublin Corporation
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's first official spokesman
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, and later the Chief Executive of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce
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, and led the group which founded the Dublin Marathon
Dublin Marathon
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Noel Carroll was born in Annagassan
Annagassan is a village in the townland of Ballynagassan, County Louth, Ireland. It sits where the River Glyde enters the Irish Sea.It was first mentioned as Linn Duachaill in AD 841 when the establishment of a Viking longphort was recorded...

, County Louth
County Louth
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 in 1941, and left school to join the Army
Irish Army
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 where he began running. In 1962, while competing in the Millrose Games
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 in New York
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, he was recruited by "Jumbo Elliott" and attended Villanova University
Villanova University
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, where he joined the university's athletics team, the Villanova Wildcats
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 and won a number of track championships.

At Villanova, he ran a sub-four-minute mile
Four-minute mile
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 and in 1964, was the anchor for the team which broke the 4 x 880 yard relay World Record. In the same year, he also set the European Indoor record for the 880 yards and competed in the Olympic Games
1964 Summer Olympics
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 in Tokyo in the Men's 800 metres
Athletics at the 1964 Summer Olympics - Men's 800 metres
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. When running against Bill Crothers
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 in 1964, Sports Illustrated
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 described Carroll as "one of the best middle-distance runners in the world".

He represented Ireland in the 400 metres
400 metres
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 and the 800 metres
800 metres
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 in the 1968 Summer Olympics
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 in Mexico City
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, and continued to win national championships (14 in total) and two further European Indoor Championships for the 800 metres during the 1960s.

In 1972, he became the spokesman for the Dublin Corporation (now known as Dublin City Council
Dublin City Council
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), a post he held until 1996, when he joined the Dublin Chamber of Commerce as it's chief executive.

Dublin Marathon

In 1980, Carroll led a group which approached the Business Houses Athletic Association and the Dublin Corporation with the idea for the Dublin Marathon. Carroll was also among the 2,100 people who competed in the race that year. The winner of the Marathon receives the Noel Carroll Memorial Trophy presented each year by one of Carroll's children.

Noel Carroll died on October 23, 1998, after suffering a heart attack while training at University College Dublin
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. In 2008, Carroll's four children took part in the Dublin Marathon to raise money for the Noel Carroll Building, the headquarters of a project in Kolkatta run by GOAL, a charity
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 for which Carroll had served as the Chairman.
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