Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon 2017:
Kenyan star Gideon Kipsang and Irish Olympian Catriona Jennings ran out victorious as over 3,000 competitors took on the 5th annual Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon (Sunday 17th September 2017).
The increasingly popular event started and finished at Ormeau Park and the route covered all parts of the city; a running tour of Belfast’s picturesque landscape.
Local man Stephen Scullion (Clonliffe Harriers) led during the early stages, but Derry Track Club representative Gideon came through strongly and assumed control during the latter part of the race, increasing his lead as the race progressed.
Gideon showed no signs of fatigue following his 15:30 for victory at the Memorial 5k on Friday as he recorded an impressive 1:04:36 for top honours. Stephen Scullion followed in 1:06:11 for 2nd place, while outgoing Champion Freddy Sittuk (Raheny Shamrock AC) was forced to settle for 3rd place after finishing in 1:10:05.
London 2012 marathoner Catriona Jennings (Letterkenny AC) dominated the ladies race, winning comfortably. The AAI National Marathon medallist looked back to her best as she broke the tape in 1:15:37 for 1st place. City of Lisburn AC’s Judith Lowry claimed 2nd place in 1:23:25, just eight seconds ahead of Springwell Running Club’s Ciara Toner who finished in 1:23:33 (3rd place).
Top 3 Men: 1st Gideon Kipsang (Derry Track Club) – 1:04:36, 2nd Stephen Scullion (Clonliffe Harriers) – 1:06:11, 3rd Freddy Sittuk (Raheny Shamrock AC) – 1:10:05
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Catriona Jennings (Letterkenny AC) – 1:15:37, 2nd Judith Lowry (City of Lisburn AC) – 1:23:25, 3rd Ciara Toner (Springwell Running Club) – 1:23:33
Full results for the event are available HERE (via external media source).