Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Ganiel and Frazer run Games times

Personal best: Gladys Ganiel was 13th in the Berlin marathon

North Belfast's Gladys Ganiel and St Malachys' Tom Frazer had the race of their lives at the Berlin Marathon as Kenya's Wilson Kipsang set a new world record.

Both Northern Ireland athletes set personal best times which qualified them for consideration for next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, alongside Ganiel's team-mate Breege Connolly and Annadale's Paul Pollock who reached the required standard last year.

Ganiel finished in 13th position in 2 hrs 39mins 26 secs while Frazer ran 2:17.45, personal best by some 52 secs.

Gladys said: "I was pleased that I didn't slow down over the last 3k the way I have done in previous marathons. At one stage I thought I was in line to break 2 hrs 39 mins.

"I am in better condition than I have ever been. It is very pleasing that I have set a new PB and finally achieved major representative honours."

Frazer competed in the Belfast Marathon last May when he finished fourth and at the time made it clear his ambition was to qualify for Glasgow.

With his objective achieved he now has a generous lead-in time to the Games.

Ireland's Philip Harty was 34th in 2.21.53.

Kipsang took 15 secs off the previous world record to record new figures of 2.03.23.Team mate Eliud Kipghoge was 2nd in 2.04.05

Meanwhile World Championship marathon runner Paul Pollock and Dromore's Julie Turley were clear winners in the weekend's Bangor 10K Road Race where there were a record 861 finishers .

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