ALAS, the Travel Weekly Dream Team marathon runners are dropping like flies.

The Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s Jim Paul has been forced to drop out of the event after suffering from a leg injury. Jim had notched up a few half marathons in good times and had been training well. He had been staying off the black stuff, and had even pledged to give up alcohol after St Patrick’s Day in the lead up to the big race. Now that is commitment. Our commiserations go out to you Jim, let’s hope you can do it next year.