With temperatures only ever hitting a low of 29.5C during the four-hour slog, the Donegal walker was never lower than 19th as a field of 46 produced 28 finishers – 14 of whom were forced to drop out during the longest event in the programme.
For a fixture that has offered us the Battle of the Buffet, the sight of Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane snarling at each other like a pair of Rottweilers on steroids in the Old Trafford tunnel, this was a particularly low-key, some might say sad, way for Arsene Wenger to bid farewell to Manchester United.
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi. So it would appear that swathes of empty seats and the prospect of the financial pain of a desolate prawn circle, after the installation of more Club Level seats this summer, has finally forced a response to the interminable outcry for change at the Arsenal, signalling the end of a glorious era.
I’m willing to bet that even those green army veterans of Paris for whom Thierry Henry will always come complete with horns and cloven feet, can’t help finding themselves seduced by the Frenchman’s multi-walk-on role in the latest Sky Sports commercial.
Three former Anglo Irish Bank executives have been sentenced jail; The Italian man who has admitted killing his landlord in Castleknock has been found not guilty by reason of insanity; Ryanair’s new cuddly image is paying off handsomely for its outspoken boss Michael O’Leary.
Three former Anglo Irish Bank executives will be sentenced later after being found guilty of trying to defraud Revenue; up to 300 new jobs are being created in Tipperary; the US dentist who shot Cecil the lion ’wanted to hunt elephant’; and Patrick Vieira believes Man City’s Irish star Jack Byrne is just as "nuts" as Roy Keane.