Springwell’s Orla McGinnis finishes third in Walled City Marathon

SPRINGWELL runner Orla McGinnis finished in the top three in the Walled City Marathon.

Nearly 1300 runners from across the world descended on the 2013 City of Culture, Derry/Londonderry for the Walled City Marathon.

North Belfast Harriers Tommy Hughes made it three victories in a row, having won the last two races in 1984 and 1985, he cruised home in 2:30:32 to win by almost five minutes from local man Greg Roberts who crossed the line in 2:35:29; Pauric McKinney claimed the final podium spot in 2:38:15, a well-deserved prize after the Inishowen AC man.

The ladies race was won by Tallaght AC’s Jacqui Boyle who crossed the line in 3:14:10 to seal an impressive performance.  Despite tiring in the second half, Martina McMullan managed to hold on to second place, finishing in 3:21:47.

Springwell’s Orla McGinnis (3:22:03) was rewarded for her excellent display of disciplined running and notable negative split with a massive twenty three minute personal best, to secured third place.

Springwell’s Paul Thompson ran an excellent race to finish 9th in a PB time of 2:50:34, Dave Sexton 3:11:25, Jim Breen 3:18:27, Orla McGinnis 3:22:03 (PB & 3rd Female), Fran McFadden 3:23:17 (5th Female), Johnny Goldie 3:28:03, Richard Crown 3:31:41, Kevin McLean 3:32:36, Kenny Coulter 3:35:49, Cathal McFeely 3:42:56, Alistair Shaw 3:44:22, Catherine Butcher 3:47:33, Clare Johnston 3:49:43, Robert Crown 3:52:00, Janeen McGregor 3:58:12, Tommy Bradley 3:59:05, Lynne Briggs 4:18:23, Peter Jack 4:26:24, Noel Harkin 4:28:58 (PB), Richard Nolan 5:09:59, Lucinda Nolan 5:10:00 (PB) and Emma Jane Hawley (Canning) 5:46:27.