Belfast Telegraph

Titanic joy for Scullion and Graham


By Emily Lane

Stephen Scullion (Clonliffe Harriers) and Laura Graham (Mourne Runners) secured top honours at the head of a 1,000-strong field in the annual Titanic Quarter 10k road race in Belfast, organised by Athletics NI.

The flat and fast course covered a 6.2-mile route around the iconic Titanic Quarter and race day conditions were perfect for those chasing personal bests.

Less than 24 hours after claiming victory at the Omagh Half Marathon in 1:07:01, Northern Ireland and Ireland international Scullion again topped the podium.

The Belfast man produced a strong front-running performance to secure the top prize in 30:29.

Like last year, Chris Madden claimed the runners-up spot, but this year the City of Lisburn AC man was 21 seconds quicker, running 31:28 for second place.

After an exciting battle between Mark Long (City of Derry AC), Chris McGuinness (Foyle Valley AC) and Neill Weir (Willowfield Harriers), it was Long who came out on top, completing the podium in 31:47.

In the ladies' race, it was third time lucky for Graham.

After finishing third in 2016 and second in 2017, the Mourne Runners star was crowned TQ10k champion after leading from start to finish. She broke the tape in 35:27.

Gladys Ganiel O'Neill, of North Belfast Harriers, continued her recent good form, holding off the fast-finishing Rachel Gibson (North Down AC) to take the runners-up prize in 36:51.

Gibson clocked a personal best of 36:58 for third.

In the associated TQ1k, Matthew Lavery of North Belfast Harriers and Eimear McBrien of Lagan Valley AC took the honours.

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