Less than one month until the SSE Airtricity Walled City Marathon…
The Women’s race at the upcoming SSE Airtricity Walled City Marathon has just got much more interesting with confirmation that the in-form top local distance runner Catherine Whoriskey (City of Derry AC) will be in the line-up when the race takes place on Sunday 4th June 2017.
The talented Spartan romped to victory at Sunday’s Strabane-Lifford Half Marathon in 78m 32s, just 48 hours after confirming her intention to run her second marathon, on home turf in three weeks time.
She will join a classy quartet in the battle for the up front female honours in the Maiden City. Irish Olympian, defending champion and twice winner, Tullamore Harrier Pauline Curley, 2014 winner Anne Curley of Donore Harriers, another Irish Olympian Letterkenny’s Caitriona Jennings and the Omagh based Project Africa Kenyan, Salome Jepkeoch Kimutai are already confirmed for what should be a real battle royal through the streets of Derry! Home turf and a partisan local support could well be a big factor!
Catherine moved up in distance over the last two years posting a series of impressive new PB’s over 5K and 10K on road and track, winning the Waterside Half Marathon in 2015 and 2016, the SSE Airtricity 10 miler this year and only a few months ago delivering an excellent 2hrs 48m clocking in her debut Marathon in Seville.
Last year’s WCM male runner up Dan Tunai of the Project Africa squad took the men’s Strabane honours with a 66m 16s clocking and looks set to take on the two time SSE Airtricity WCM winner Freddy Sittuk and another brace of Kenyan runners for the June 4th top spot.
Expect the roads around the Maiden City that day to be red hot!