Duncan makes European mark
NICOLA Duncan (30) of Galway City Harriers made the biggest breakthrough of all the Irish in marathon action yesterday, while Sligo AC and Leevale took the national road race relay titles in Dublin.
Late developer Duncan, who lives in Edinburgh and dropped out of last month's World Half Marathon championship, ran a personal best of 2:33.28 in the London Marathon.
Duncan's time was inside the qualifying standard (2:38) for the European Championships.
Sean Hehir was fastest of the Irish running in the Rotterdam marathon, with a time 2:17.45.
Sligo's Emmet Dunleavy, Dermot McDermott, Alberto Sanchez and David Harper defended their senior men's relay title in Raheny, winning in 38:08 ahead of Ennis TC (38:36) and Clonliffe Harriers (38:50).
A fast final leg by Claire McSweeney led the Leevale women to victory in 21:24, ahead of Crusaders (21:34) and DSD (21:39).
Laura Reynolds (Mohill AC) led the Irish charge in the race-walking Grand Prix in the Czech Republic (Podebrady), finishing sixth in the 20km race in 94:24, while Alex Wright (Calry AC) was second in the men's South African nationals in 87.17.