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.