Nicola Duncan of Galway City Harriers, who recently featured on the pages of FIT Magazine, ran a personal-best time of 2:33.28 in Sunday's London Marathon; a time that qualifies her to run for Ireland in the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich.
It was a remarkable turnaround for the Galway woman, who works as an actuary in Edinburgh, as she had been forced to drop out of the World Half-Marathon Championships in Copenhagen a couple of weeks ago because of a niggling injury.
Her time in London was the fastest recorded in nine years by an Irish woman and propels her to fifth place on the all-time Irish women's marathon ranking list.
In the same event, National Marathon Champion Sean Hehir (Rathfarnam/WSAF) finished 15th in 2:17.45 – just outside the 'A' qualifying standard of 2:17 for the European Championships.
Hehir went through halfway in 1:08.12 but a headwind proved difficult for him in the closing stages. Other top Irish finishers included Eoin Callaghan (Star of the Sea AC) 2:24.58 and John Byrne (Mayo AC) 2:31.55.
DATE CHANGE FOR 10K RACE IN GALWAY
The correct date for the Galway Sports Partnership 10k is Easter Monday and not Saturday, April 19, as appeared in Irish Runner and FIT Magazine.
The event takes place at Labane, Ardraghan, Co Galway, at 11.30am on Monday, April 21. For further details contact race director Josephine Gardiner on 087 8520945.
ST SENAN'S TO HOST A CRACKING EASTER MEET
The traditional Easter track and field meeting organised by St Senan's AC takes place on Monday at the Sports Complex in Kilmacow, commencing at 1pm.
There is a very comprehensive list of Juvenile events catering for Boys and Girls from U-8 up to U-17. The two Senior races over 3,000m (men) and 1,500m (women) will have prizes for the first three individuals and first two Masters. Admission to the meeting (which is sponsored by Rexam) is €3 for adults and €2 for juveniles. For more contact Bill Lacey on 086 8100299.