Weekend report: Breege, Marty and Sharon excel

The Edinburgh marathon and half marathon took place in stormy conditions yesterday with Breege Connolly travelling to take part in the marathon and Sharon Bird taking part in the half marathon. Breege had an outstanding run in the marathon, with a halfway split of 1:23, to finish 4th female in 2:52:54. This knocks 3 minutes of her previous marathon PB. In the half marathon it was 4th again with a half marathon PB for Sharon in 1:19:37. Well done to the two girls as the conditions were not easy and 4th for both in such massive fields were excellent finishing positions. Results can be found here

In Wales Marty Rea was taking part in the Cardiff 50 mile ultra challenge through Brecon Beacons. Marty justified his pre-race favourite tag to win his second(from three) ultra marathon of the year in 6 hours and 52 minutes, half an hour quicker than second place, further illustrating his elite standing in the ultra environment. Results can be found here

In less competitive surroundings a large contingent of harriers turned up for the 29th parkrun held in ideal conditions for running.

Neil Douglas from Ballymena had a run away victory in 16:31 while in 2nd place there was a battle between the Grew brothers with Brendan eventually grinding down Gareth and so Gareth was first harrier over the line in 3rd place with 17:18.

A small group of harriers had a ding dong battle for 5th place with Laurence Johnston winning out over Davy Brady who just pipped Paul Jenkins. Their times were 17:48, 17:49 and 17:49 respectively.

Next up was Stevie Walker in 9th in 18:09. Mark Sturgeon continued his return to form with his third consecutive parkrun PB to finish 11th in 18:36 with Greg McClure, after a blip last week, finishing just behind in 12th with 18:45. Gerard McNamara continued his return from marathon duty to finish 15th in 19:20 with Letterkenny / North runner Greg Campbell next in 17th with 19:23.

Robert Irvine finished inside the 20 minute barriers for 22nd with 19:53 while Angela (Burns) was first woman across the line in 19:55.

Waterworks parkrun leader Damien Gill(who’s under pressure from Davy Wright…) finished in 20:26 with Louise Smith next in 20:28.

Jim Clinton finished in 22:17 with U14 Adam Lamb next harrier in 26:19.

Results can be found here

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