Thousands take part in Belfast Marathon

Published Monday, 05 May 2014
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Thousands of people have taken part in the annual Belfast City Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday.

The big start took place at Belfast City Hall at 9am with Kenyan Joel Kipsang hoping to defend his title.

However, fellow Kenyan athlete Freddy Sittuk - running in aid of the Mo Farah Foundation - won the race with a time of 2:18:30.

The runner had enough energy left to perform Farah's trademark celebration the 'Mobot' on the finish line in Ormeau Park.

Kipsang, meanwhile, finished in 2:21:40 while his fellow countryman Hillary Kipsang took third to complete an all-Kenyan podium.

Ethiopian Bayrush Shiferaw won the women's event in a time of 2:41:20.

Earlier, Patrick Monahan, from Naas, won the wheelchair race in a time of 2:06:21.

While the first local runner to cross the finish line was Belfast man Joe McAllister from St Malachy's AC who finished in a time of 2:33:09.

Around 17,000 took part in the marathon running either the main 26.2mile endurance race, the relay, fun run or walk.

As a result many roads around Belfast remained closed and disruption was expected to last until 6pm on Monday.

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3 Comments
Jill Alexander in Cookstown wrote (83 days ago):
Congratulations to our fabulous sister, Karen Alexander who was 1st local lady and 3rd overall with a time of 2:58 well done
Michael in Templepatrick wrote (84 days ago):
Congratulations to the winners and well done to all who took part.
Derek Lowe in Carrickfergus wrote (84 days ago):
Congrats to My wife Diane Lowe WHO completed the Belfast Marathon in 4hrs 16mins.
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