From Athletics NI.
Northern Ireland’s Stephen Scullion set a new NI Marathon Record of 2 Hours 9 minutes and 49 seconds taking 19 seconds off Kevin Seaward’s record set in Seville in February.
Finishing in 11th place overall, Scullion stated that he was: “Happy with today, it was very tough given the circumstances, freezing cold and very difficult to even pick up drinks after half way, my hands were so cold; but delighted with another solid result.”
Scullion had already qualified for Tokyo when he finished 5th in the Gold Label Houston Marathon but his time, on Sunday, was an impressive 2 minutes 12 seconds faster and so will strengthen his case for the Olympics next year. Kevin Seaward (St Malachys AC) and Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders) have also comfortably qualified for Tokyo with times inside 2 hours 11minutes and 30 seconds (2:10:08 and 2:10:25 respectively).