Sunday 21 January 2018

Fagan leads the Irish marathon list for Rio

Emmett Jennings
Emmett Jennings

Martin Fagan of Mullingar Harriers ran a time of 2 hrs 16 mins 9 secs at the Zurich Marathon - outside the qualifying mark of 2:15.30 set by Athletics Ireland for the World Championships, but inside the new Rio '16 mark of 2:17.00.

Fagan, suffering from a head cold, went through the halfway point in just over 66 minutes, but faded badly in the second half of the race.

Although his time wasn't as fast as he had hoped, it means that Fagan, who returned from a drugs ban last year, currently leads the list of contenders for the Irish marathon team at next year's Olympics.

In Manchester, 27-year-old Eoin Callaghan of Star of the Sea ran a huge personal best time of 2:18.45 to finish second in the Greater Manchester Marathon. His time was six minutes faster than the 2:24 he ran in Rotterdam last year and enhances the reputation of the course as a fast one. Last year, Ireland's Kevin Seaward finished third in 2:18.46.

At the Great Edinburgh Run 10-Mile, Maria McCambridge of DSD finished third in 56 mins 21 secs. Winner was Jess Coulson of Stockport in 56:06, who finished behind Lizzie Lee at the great Ireland 10km; second - just ahead of McCambridge - was Rhona Auckland of Banchory Stonehaven in 56:12.

Emmett Jennings of DSD - a regular at this race - at last nailed down victory at the Rás UCD 5km, held at Belfield. Second was his DSD clubmate Kevin O'Connor. Laura Shaughnessy was first woman in 18 mins 40 secs.


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