Stephen Scullion will join current Belfast Marathon champions Fionnuala Ross and Mick Clohissey in this weekend’s Elite Wrexham Marathon in a final attempt to qualify for this summer’s major championships.
Scullion will be particularly keen to impress following his recent disappointment in the Rotterdam Marathon.
The 33-year-old Belfast man was on course to break his sub-2 hrs 10 mins Irish record when he was forced to stop around the 35k mark to remove and adjust his racing shoe.
He eventually struggled to the finish in what was, for him, a slow 2 hrs 14 mins 31 secs. He will hope to achieve a time for either this summer’s World Champs in Eugene (2 hrs 11 mins 30 secs) or the easier 2 hrs 13 mins time for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
In the Women’s event, Ross will be aiming to improve on her 2 hrs 40 mins PB time in last year’s race, though a required Commonwealth time of 2 hrs 32 mins will be a very tough ask. Also racing is City of Derry’s Catherine Whoriskey, North Belfast’s Gladys Ganiel and Titanic 10k runner-up Jessica Craig from North Down.
Joining Clohissey in the Men’s event is City of Derry’s Declan Reed and recent Titanic 10k winner Aaron Woodman of Willowfield.