A large contingent of Springwell Runners and supporters travelled to Derry on Sunday for the 3rd annual running of the well organised SSE Airtricity Walled City Marathon; the event has now been installed as a permanent fixture after its successful debut during the UK City of Culture programme 2013.
Reigning Champion Freddy Sittuk (Raheny Shamrock AC) successfully defended his title as he recorded a new course record of 2:22:34. Dublin based Kenyan Peter Somba claimed second place in 2:25:26, just ahead of City of Derry athlete Greg Roberts who crossed the line in 2:25:38 for third place.
In the ladies race, pre-race favourite Pauline Curley (Tullamore Harriers) led from the off and eventually cruised to victory in an excellent 2:47:25; a course record. Kenyan runner Selinah Kangogo missed a sub three hour finish but made up for it with the runners up prize in 3:01:28, with Collette McCourt (Dub Runners) third in 3:12:48. Springwell’s Glenda Whiteside had an excellent run finishing fourth in 3:18:22.
Springwell Times - Dave Sexton 3:12:20, Glenda Whiteside 3:18:22 (4th Female), Stephen Fillis 3:20:42, Aidan Devine 3:22:17 (PB), Kevin McLean 3:33:31, Anthony Higginbottom 3:33:37, Becky Coulter 3:35:08 (PB), Fran Mc Fadden 3:36:27, Amanda Connell 3:40:18 (PB), Kenny Coulter 3:41:01, Catherine Butcher 3:41:56, Davy Macnicol 3:47:41, Simon Moore 3:54:38, Alison McAllister 3:56:36, Noel Harkin 3:56:56 (PB), Peter Jack 3:57:14, Donna Brolly 3:57:33 (PB), Catherine Pinkerton-Moore 3:58:28, Nigel McNeill 3:59:11, Bob Purcell 4:15:33, Kieran Cooke 4:31:27, Althea Clarkson 4:43:00.
Three Springwell Runners paced athletes round to achieve their target times (Pacer 4:00) Eddie Clyde 3:59:21, (Pacer 4:15) Chris Denton 4:13:42 and John Butcher 4:13:48.
Well done to all the runners and their supporters.