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Belfast teen Jack shares joke with Prince Harry after London marathon glory

By Nevin Farrell

Published 25/04/2016

Jack Agnew competing in the London Marathon wheelchair race
Jack Agnew competing in the London Marathon wheelchair race
Prince Harry presents the Belfast teen with his trophy

An athlete from Belfast who won a wheelchair race at the London Marathon received the royal seal of approval when he was presented with his trophy by Prince Harry.

Jack Agnew (16) from the Ballygomartin Road took time out from preparing for his GCSEs at Belfast Royal Academy to enjoy victory in the shadows of Buckingham Palace at the weekend. Last night he told the Belfast Telegraph he was delighted with this win which follows his success in a similar race in London in 2014.

When he came fifth last year it spurred him on to train even harder to make sure he would cross the finishing line in first place at the world-famous event this year.

Yesterday, Jack won the three-mile Under-17 wheelchair race comfortably with 50 metres to spare. He said: "I have been training really hard for it and it felt really good at the very end. I am glad the hard work has paid off."

He said the support from the sidelines was incredible, but he did not have time to take in the sights as he passed Buckingham Palace, instead keeping his head down and concentrating on winning.

"There was 50 metres between me and the person who came second," he explained, adding, "It was great to win. Last year I didn't do as well as I thought I would. The disappointment last year made me determined to win it this year.

"It was also great getting the trophy from Prince Harry. He had a bit of a laugh with me and asked if I got the course record. I said I was just off it and he joked I wasn't getting the trophy then and took it away from me but did then hand it over. He's really nice, really down to earth."

Jack is a member of the Torque Wheelchair Racing Club based at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast.

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