Four members completed marathons in recent weeks – two in London on April 22 and two more this weekend in Ireland. Neil Carroll finished a very creditable 3:13.57 in the Limerick Marathon on Sunday. Conditions were reportedly hot and humid so it was tough going for over 700 finishers. Neil was 88th overall. Last October he ran 3:19.03 in Dublin Marathon. The Limerick winner was Peter Mooney in 2:29.
As we reported a couple of weeks ago Matthew Gill and Clive Lavelle ran the London Marathon on April 22 – also very challenging due to high temperatures. The second half of the race took its toll and there were relatively few negative splits. Last week we received a message from Julian “a very keen amateur photographer” who had a few friends taking part in the London Marathon. “While waiting I took loads of photos of the runners. I have attached a pic where I noticed one of your runners no 60869 – please could you forward this to him – I hope he likes it. It was taken around the corner from the Monument”.
That famous London landmark – a Doric column designed by Christopher Wren commemorating the Great Fire of London in 1666 – is near mile 23 in the marathon. From the top – nearly 400 steps – there is a fine panoramic view of the City and the Thames, less so now as it’s in the shadow of the Gherkin and the Shard plus other skyscrapers either side of the river.
In Waterford on Saturday May 5, Declan Owens ran in the Wind Sprints meet known as Tón le Gaoithe.He competed in the 100m and 200m and ran a pb in both 100m 12.22 , 200m 25.27. Obviously he’s very happy with this early season form. Well done, Declan
In Belfast today (May 7) Brendan Murphy finished the marathon in 3:14.45. It was a bit cooler than Castlebar- 11°c at 11am. The event started at the City Hall at 9am and finished in Ormeau Park, and takes in all parts of the city, from Sydenham to the Falls Road, Whitehouse to the Ravenhill Road.
Brendan ran 3:13.31 in Dublin Marathon in 2016.
The Belfast winner was Kenyan Eric Koech in 2:18.19
Congratulations to Neil, Brendan, and Declan and all our other competitors over the weekend.
We’ll add any other weekend results to this post.