THOMAS FRAZER AND CATRIONA JENNINGS TARGET NATIONAL MARATHON GLORY
26 October 2018
Thomas Frazer (St Malachy's AC) and Catriona Jennings (Letterkenny AC) will head the local charge for honours at this weekend's SSE Airtricity Dublin City Marathon (Sunday 28th October 2018).
The event, which attracts hundreds of local runners, incorporates the AAI National Marathon Championships.
Thomas Frazer, who recorded 2:17:34 over marathon distance in Japan last year, will come up against reigning Champion Gary O'Hanlon (Clonliffe Harriers) and Olympian Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock AC), amongst others.
City of Derry AC Spartans Declan Reed and Mark Long, both of whom have impressed over half marathon distance this year, will also toe the line. Vincent McKenna (QUB AC / Acorns AC), Kyle Doherty (City of Derry AC) and Patrick Higgins (Newcastle AC) should also be amongst the top local finishers.
In the ladies race, a new Champion is guaranteed with Northern Ireland's Laura Graham (Mourne Runners) being a notable absentee as she makes her way back from injury.
Catriona Jennings will come up against fellow Irish international Lizzie Lee (Leevale AC) in what should be an excited race for gold. Gerrie Short (Beechmount Harriers), a previous podium finisher at the Belfast Marathon, should also place well.
Louise Smith (North Belfast Harriers), Liosa McKeown (GymTech), Natalie Hall (Armagh AC) and Tara Malone (1Zero1) all have the potential to dip under the famous 3-hour mark, which will ensure a high finishing position.
Full details, including a start list, live stream and tracking links are available on the Athletics Ireland website HERE.