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Breege Connolly eclipses her best time at London Marathon

By Brian Hill

North Belfast’s Breege Connolly ran the race of her life in yesterday’s London Marathon when she shattered her personal best time by nearly two minutes to record new figures of 2 hrs 37 mins 29 secs. There were some 37,500 entrants in the race.

Connolly’s  time makes her the fastest Irish marathon runner this year. The performance  placed Breege in  second place to the great Paula Radcliffe in the non-elite category. Paula, who  was timed at 2 hrs 36 mins 55 secs, was competing in her final marathon. She holds the world record with a time of 2.15.52.

Thirty-seven-year-old Connolly’s superb run eclipses her previous best from London in 2013.Her achievement was not entirely unexpected as it followed a  personal best half marathon time when winning in Larne a month ago.

In London she ran a controlled race  which ensured her  second half marathon  was less than a minute slower than the first. Breege will now be targeting Teresa Duffy’s long standing NI record of 2.35.27 set in London back in 2001.

City of Derry’s Greg Roberts also performed well with his second fastest ever time of 2.24.05. This placed the NI Cross Country champion in 14th place in the non-elite classification. Springwell’s Simon Stewart also impressed with a time of 2.38.36.

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