Scullion breaks the NI record in stunning Dublin Marathon win
South Belfast's Stephen Scullion had the race of his life yesterday to clinch the Dublin Marathon title in a new Northern Ireland record time of two hours, 12 minutes and one second - the fastest time by an Irishman in 31 years.
The 30-year-old's performance is all the more amazing considering he competed earlier this month in the viciously hot conditions of the World Championships in Doha, where he ran two hours and 21 minutes.
It is a huge tribute to his supreme fitness that only three weeks later he shattered Greg Hannon's long-standing Northern Ireland record of two hours, 13 minutes and six seconds.
His time elevates him to fifth on the Irish all-time list.
Scullion described his run as the best day of his life.
It means that Kevin Seaward, who was fourth at the Commonwealth Games, drops to 11th on the all-time list with his excellent 2.13.39 time a month ago in Berlin.
It was a case of personal bests all round in Dublin with perfect weather conditions.
Raheny's Mick Clohisey ran a best time of 2.13.19 for second, followed by Ballina's Hugh Armstrong in 2.14.22.
In the ladies' event, Letterkenny's Anne Marie McGlynn also ran a huge personal best of 2.32.54 for second place.
Victory went to Aoife Cooke of Eagles AC in 2.32.34.
Former Commonwealth Games runner Gladys Ganiel (42) will also be pleased with her third-place spot of 2.36.42.
This took over a minute off the north Belfast woman's previous best.
All these athletes will now have their sights firmly set on next year's Olympics in Tokyo.
Emma Mitchell improved her half marathon personal best by over two minutes in an impressive run in Valencia yesterday.
The Northern Ireland woman clocked one hour, 12 minutes and 28 seconds to finish 12th in a strong women's field.
Mitchell's time cut two minutes and 10 seconds off her previous mark set at last year's Great North Run.