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.

Thousands take part in Belfast Marathon
Organisers predict many thousands participated in the event. (© Pacemaker)

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.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Jill Alexander in Cookstown wrote (267 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 (268 days ago):
Congratulations to the winners and well done to all who took part.
Derek Lowe in Carrickfergus wrote (268 days ago):
Congrats to My wife Diane Lowe WHO completed the Belfast Marathon in 4hrs 16mins.
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