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Kenyan Kimosop will be going for a record fourth victory following wins in three of the last four years (stock photo)
Kenyan Kimosop will be going for a record fourth victory following wins in three of the last four years (stock photo)

By Brian Hill

Defending Kenyan champion Gideon Kipsang Kimosop and Letterkenny's Anne Marie McGlynn are tipped as hot favourites for this Sunday's seventh RiverRock Belfast Half Marathon.

The number of entrants for this year's event has increased to 5,300, making it Northern Ireland's biggest ever half marathon.

Kenyan Kimosop will be going for a record fourth victory following wins in three of the last four years.

The 32-year-old enters the race in winning form having finished first at the Waterside Half Marathon earlier this month.

The best local challengers could be Kyle Doherty of City of Derry Spartans, who ran a PB in the Waterside race, plus City of Lisburn's Chris Madden, who was runner-up in June's Lisburn Half Marathon.

Former Olympic Marathon runner Tommy Hughes and son Eoin will be aiming to break the World Record for a combined father and son time.

There is a quality line-up in the Women's event, with Letterkenny's Ann Marie McGlynn enjoying her best year ever with four personal bests.

McGlynn could face competition from former Commonwealth Games athlete Gladys Ganiel. The 33-year-old won the event in 2016 and also claimed gold in the Larne Half Marathon in March, though recently she has been working her way back to fitness after lengthy injury period.

Others in the mix for top spot are 2017 Belfast Marathon winner Laura Graham, City of Derry's Denise Ward, who was sixth last year, and Ballydrain's Amanda Perry.

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