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Two in a row for teenager Jack in London Marathon wheelchair race

by staff reporter

A BELFAST teenager has triumphed again at the London Marathon.

In the wheelchair race, Jack Agnew retained his 2016 under-17 title.

The Ballygomartin lad tweeted: "Absolutely delighted to have won the Virgin Money Giving London Mini Marathon for the second year in a row and on my final year.

"I've really enjoyed the experience. I'd like to thank my coach, Heather Ardis, and everyone who has supported me for the race. Can't wait for the track season to begin!"

Meanwhile, a Co Down mum-of-four was the 24th female runner to cross the finishing line. Laura Graham (31) from Kilkeel, who took up marathons only three years ago, finished the gruelling challenge in 2:42.38 - 44 seconds outside her personal best.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry were on the sidelines to cheer the heroics of 39,487 racers, the most to ever complete the 26.2-mile course. But when William and Kate dished out water to parched competitors they were forced to dodge showers of liquid from the crowd powering past them.

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