Sunday 21 December 2014

Irish runner Bobby Hilliard completes Boston marathon in 'electric atmosphere'

Published 21/04/2014 | 22:38

Bobby Hilliard
Bobby Hilliard crossing the finish line in Boston last year.
The 'Boston United We Stand' banner which Bobby Hilliard presented to the city.

Emotions ran high today for Irish marathon runner Bobby Hilliard as he completed his 26-mile repeat of the Boston Marathon course in “an electric atmosphere”.

The 50 year-old Cork athlete escaped injury at the 2013 race finish line when two bombs went off, killing three and injuring 250.

He had crossed the line with a time of 3 hours 49 minutes. This year he shaved two minutes off – crossing the line at 3 hours 47 minutes.

“It was absolutely electric. I’ve spent the whole day today giving high fives. There is so much positivity and good will, the city is absolutely on fire.”

“A lot of people put out stacks of shoes, and there’s the feeling that Boston is bigger and stronger. People didn’t lament out on the track or out on the road; it was about good will.”

Each participant was gifted with a hand-crocheted scarf, and every scarf was handmade, Bobby said.

Today was Bobby’s 30th marathon run in the 12 months since he last competed in Boston.

Last night, Bobby presented the city with a banner which read ‘Boston, United We Stand’. The banner was signed by more than 2,000 people at last December’s Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon.

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