Local runners produce quality performances at Berlin Marathon 2017:
Kevin Seaward (St Malachy’s AC / Andrew Hobdell) became the fourteenth local athlete to secure a Commonwealth Games 2018 standard as he clocked an impressive 2:15:50 at yesterday’s Berlin Marathon (Sunday 24th September 2017).
His finish time was well inside the required 2:16:30 marathon standard and is the second quickest time Kevin has run over the classic distance; his 2:14:52 personal best was also run over the notoriously fast Berlin course in 2015.
Despite the wet and humid conditions, Kevin looked on target throughout, as he produced a well-paced effort, going through 10k in 32:24,13.1 miles in 1:07:55 and onwards towards the finish line, which he crossed in 2:15:50 (19th place).
AAI National Marathon Champion Laura Graham (Mourne Runners / Ryan Maxwell) and AAI National Half Marathon Champion Gladys Ganiel O’Neill (North Belfast Harriers / Matt Shields) produced quality performances and personal bests as they came exceptionally close to the ladies Gold Coast standard of 2:37:00.
Kilkeel based Laura, winner of the Belfast City Marathon earlier this year, slashed a massive four minutes and forty-one seconds off her previous best as she crossed the line in 2:37:05 (14th place). Gladys, winner of the recent Rock N’Roll Half Marathon, clocked 2:37:55 (15th place), taking fifty-two seconds off her previous 26.2 mile best.
Willowfield Harriers’ Neill Weir also impressed in the German capital, running a new personal best of 2:34:40 (181st place).
The following Northern Ireland athletes have all reached the Commonwealth Games standard: Leon Reid (Birchfield Harriers / James Hillier), Kate O’Connor (St Gerard’s / Michael O’Connor), Mollie Courtney (Cheltenham AC / David Warner), Ben Reynolds (North Down AC / Tom Reynolds), Ciara Mageean (UCD AC / Jerry Kiernan), Adam Kirk-Smith (Woodford Green Essex / Tomaz Plibersek), Sommer Lecky (Finn Valley AC / Niall Wilkinson), Dempsey McGuigan (Finn Valley AC / John Smith), Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders / Andrew Hobdell), Emma Mitchell (QUB AC / Eamonn Christie), Adam McMullen (Crusaders AC / Alan Kennedy), Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC / David Reid) and Kerry O’Flaherty (Newcastle AC / Richard Rodgers).
The qualification window for the Commonwealth Games 2018 closes at midnight on 30th September 2017.
Note: Article compiled for use by Athletics NI.