Sittuk shatters record time to defend his Derry crown
Kenya’s Freddy Sittuk defended his Airtricity Walled City Marathon title in some style when he romped home for a three-minute victory margin in a new course record of two hours, 22 minutes and 34 seconds.
He easily beat his winning time last year of 2.25.47. Sittuk was in a leading group, which included fellow Kenyans Peter Somba and Gideon Kimosop, in the 1,500-strong field which went through the halfway mark in 71 minutes 27 seconds.
City of Derry’s Greg Roberts, runner-up two years ago, was 30 seconds further back.
Last year’s Belfast Marathon winner Sittuk retained his even pace and opened an impressive lead. He crossed the line for victory and showed no signs of fatigue despite a second marathon in a month.
Kimosop struggled in the last few miles, leaving the way clear for Somba to take the runner-up spot in his first marathon in 2.25.26. Roberts was third in 2.25.38 followed by Kimosop in 2.30.25.
There was also a record in the Ladies event where 2008 Olympian Pauline Curley took 10 minutes off the previous fastest time to win in 2.47.29.