Belfast boost for Wilson

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Girvan based International runner Kerry-Liam Wilson had a superb run around the beautiful city of Belfast with a top ten placing in the city marathon and a fantastic new personal best too.

A cold, rainy morning greeted the 4000 plus runners with some part taking in the relay but the majority were doing the 26.2 miles around the city with the race starting outside the City Hall and finishing in Ormeau Park with the race going up the famous Falls Road and the Shankhill areas of the Northern Irish city.

As soon as the race started the eight African invited runners took control of the race and had opened up a large gap on the rest of the field.

The next group contained Kerry-Liam, local running legend Tommy Hughes who represented Ireland at the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992 and has a marathon personal best of 2.13 and fellow Scottish runner Stuart Kerr.

One or two relay runners, who were doing six miles each joined and left the group at various stages of the race but at halfway mark it was just Kerry-Liam and Tommy Hughes battling side by side. Kerry-Liam then made a move at seventeen miles and opened up a small gap which he slightly extended towards the finishing line.

Kerry-Liam’s aim for the race was for a sub 2.30 time and he duly delivered when he crossed the line in seventh place with a time of 2.29:10. Local legend Tommy came in just 30 seconds behind Kerry-Liam and a further thirteen seconds from Tommy was fellow Scottish runner Stuart Kerr who also dipped under the 2.30 time with a 2.29:53.