NI Runners Lead the Way at Dublin Marathon
30 October 2023
Letterkenny AC’s Anne Marie McGlynn won the Irish National Marathon Championship this weekend at the Dublin Marathon with North Belfast Harrier’s Gladys Ganiel in 2nd, while NI Olympian & Commonwealth Games athlete, Stephen Scullion, took 3rd place overall in the Men’s Marathon and the National title and Newcastle & District AC's Ryan Forsyth 3rd.
Anne Marie McGlynn took the Irish title in a time of 2hrs 34mins and 13 secs, making this her first Irish Marathon title.
North Belfast’s Gladys Ganiel completed a trio of successes for Northern Irish athletes when she took the silver medal behind McGlynn in another excellent time of 2hrs 37mins 8secs which is her second fastest ever.
South Belfast’s Olympian Stephen Scullion ran a superb race to take 3rd place in an outstanding time of 2 hrs 11 mins 51 secs and the Irish National Marathon title.
Scullion claimed the bronze medal behind course record winner Kemal Husen of Ethiopia who set new figures of 2 hrs 6 mins 52 secs which took 74 secs off the previous record set in 2019. The 34 year old had just ran the Great North Run in a time of 70 mins where he finished 35th place. After yesterday’s run, he said he has now got his sights firmly on the Paris Olympics next summer which has a vicious qualification standard of 2 hrs 8 mins.
With Newcastle & District AC's Ryan Forsyth claiming bronze at the National Championship in a time of 2 hrs 14 mins 43 secs.
43 year old McGlynn was delighted with her overall 5th place which also places her in contention for the Paris Olympics. Recent Belfast Half Marathon winner Anne Marie had previously suffered the agonising frustration of failing by a mere 4 secs to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.