Wednesday 24 April 2019

Scullion hits his peak in London

Stephen Scullion
Stephen Scullion

Northern Irish athlete Stephen Scullion, who runs in Clonliffe Harriers colours, finished 12th at the London Marathon on Sunday in a personal best time of 2 hrs 15 mins 55 secs. His time is comfortably inside the qualifying mark of 2:17 for the European Championships next August.

Scullion has threatened to drop out midway through the race, held in scorching hot conditions, but held on for his best result over the distance to date.

Taking the prize as first M40 in the race was Irish marathon champion Gary O'Hanlon of Clonliffe Harriers who although he was well off his best of 2:17.59 set in Dublin last year, did well to finish in 2:21.15 given the conditions. Clocking a time of 2:26.32 on his marathon debut was Eoghan Totten of Newcastle AC.

In a fiercely competitive wheelchair race, with just 10 seconds separating the top seven, Patrick Monahan of Le Cheile AC was 19th in 1:36.11. Six days earlier, Monahan, who holds the Irish record, had endured Arctic conditions at the Boston Marathon where he finished fifth in 1:54.22

Out on his own in the Dublin Night Run 10km was Peter Somba of Dunboyne AC. His time of 31 mins 14 secs put well well over a minute clear of the opposition. Second was Joseph O'Donoghue of Crusaders AC in 32 mins 56 secs.

First woman was Sinead Tangney of Sportsworld AC in 37 mins 36 mins. A total of over 4,000 lined out for the race, held in the dark.

At the Ballintotis 4-Mile in Co Cork, Michael Harty of East Cork had a notable victory over Clonliffe Harriers' Sergiu Ciobanu, finishing in 9 mins 15 secs.

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