Belfast City Half Marathon 2018:
Kenyan athlete Gideon Kipsang Kimosop and local lady Gerrie Short topped the podium as the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon celebrated its biggest ever year; over 4,000 participants took part in what was the 6th annual running of the event (Sunday 23rd September 2018).
Gideon Kipsang Kimosop, a regular visitor to Northern Ireland, successfully defended his title after a solo effort. Representing Derry Track Club, Gideon broke the tape in 1:07:45 for 1st place.
QUB student Vincent McKenna (Acorns AC) produced the performance of his life as he slashed over three minutes off his 13.1 mile best to secure 2nd place in 1:11:09. just ahead of Donegal XC Champion Karol Duggan (Letterkenny AC), who recorded 1:11:11 for 3rd place.
Beechmount Harriers athlete Gerrie Short claimed top honours in the ladies race, running 1:25:32. This is Geri’s first time winning the Belfast City Half Marathon, having come 3rd at the Omagh Half Marathon this year. Paula Worthington (Ballymena Runners) impressed on her half marathon debut, taking the runners up spot in 1:26:33 (2nd place). In a close race for the final podium place, Collette McCourt (Dub Runners) crossed the line in 1:27:11 (3rd place)
Jim Corbett, Paul Hannon and Karol Doherty shared the winning prize for the Wheelchair Race; the trio crossed the line in 1:07:11.