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Newry runners take London by storm

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Newry runners take London by storm thumbnailSOME members and supporters of the Newry City Runners Club who participated in Sunday’s London Marathon. DEM6460

NEWRY City Runners did their club and city proud in Sunday's Virgin London Marathon when all 23 who started, crossed the world famous finish line in the Mall.
It was an incredible achievement for all who participated and indeed each athlete who pinned on a racing number was truly awestruck by the wondrous occasion in England's capital. Several of the Newry squad posted personal bests and several completed their first ever 26.2 miles - but they all enjoyed the memorable occasion.
Sinead O'Hanlon, who was running her first marathon told the Democrat: "It was incredible and indescribable for every inch of the 26.2 miles."
While Caroline Wade, the quickest lady in the Newry City Runners' camp, said: "I never had an experience like it before and I don't think I'll every have another one like it again. And although I fell at mile 10 and found the last six miles hard, I just loved the whole day."
Meanwhile Aine Fegan, running in her third marathon and snapping up a personal best, said afterwards: "I took a tumble at mile 14 and cut the hands and knees of myself. And afterwards I couldn't believe I got up and ran a pb."
The fastest runner from the NCR club was Miceal Dillon who ran a classy 3.01.42. Miceal was on target for a sub-three hour time as he blitzed the first 10k in 42.13 and went through halfway in 1.29.47. But the energy-sapping heat took its toll and he lost a couple of minutes in the second half of the race.
The heat also slowed Sean Goodman, as it did most of the field. The Crossmaglen runner had set out his stall to duck under the three-hour mark but didn't quite achieve it. He was disappointed afterwards with his 3.07.19 but he had no need to be as he ran a great race and showed admirable grit to hang in when the going got tough.
The overall winner was world-record holder Wilson Kipsang who, in a field of over 36,000, ran a course record 2.04.09. Obviously no one in the Newry camp got near the Keynan's blisteringly fast time but Caroline Wade said she passed British golden boy Mo Farah near Tower Bridge. Unfortunately the Olympic gold medallist was going in the opposition direction!
Local times: Miceal Dillon: 3.01.42, Noel Loughran: 3.06.08, Sean Goodman: 3.07.19, Gareth Murdock: 3.28.05, Gary McArdle: 3.38.24 (pb), Caroline Wade: 3.44.14, Robbie Marsh: 3.45.33, Dermot Winters: 3.46.13, Aine Fegan: 3.47.26 (pb), Colm McCann: 3.47.27, Shane O'Callaghan: 3.51.02, Roisin Rocks: 3.51.46, Damian Maguire: 3.51.53, Noel Carr: 3.56.54, Kealan Curran: 3.57.24, Sinead O'Hanlon: 4.10.46, Tina Crawley: 4.26.41, Gary Beattie: 4.36.20, Ciara Heaney: 4.47.49, Peter Clarke: 4.52.20, Patricia McKevitt: 5.03.18, Ciara Phillips: 5.27.03, Serena Millar: 5.54.10, Brendan Heaney: 5.55.53 (pb) and Siobhan McAteer: 6.15.29.

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