Girvan masters runner Kerry-Liam Wilson travelled over to Belfast for the city marathon and came away with a higher placing and faster time than he did at last year’s event.
Forty two-year-old Wilson was feeling great after his Scottish Athletics 5k National title win, where he secured a new personal best time, and knew he was in decent shape, but he did wonder if the 5k was a bit close to the marathon!
However, after finishing in fifth place with a new personal best for the 26.2 mile distance, the worry over racing close to the marathon was needless as he ran two hours, 27 minutes and 20 seconds, one minute and 50 seconds faster than last year’s course time when he set his previous best.
It was mostly a solo run for Wilson, apart from miles four to eight when he had company from Irish runners Thomas Fraser, who finished fourth in 2.26:24 (white vest above), and Joe McAllister (blue vest and pacer), which was similar to last year.
The weather was cool to begin with, then got warm for a few miles when the sun came and, once the runners got to the coastal section, they were faced with a stiff breeze for roughly four miles.
The community spirit shown from the residents was superb and they gave great support to the runners. Ormeau Park was packed too and the roars were quite deafening as the runners apporached the finishing line.
Wilson added: “The high mileage of 100-plus miles a week for my training programme since the turn of the year has reaped benefits, not only in this race but with all the distances I have run this year!
“Once my recovery is over, I plan to build on this even more.”
Wilson also made the cross country journey to Silverknowes in Edinburgh for the Scottish Athletics 5k road race championships, finishing sixth place overall with the all important first Master placing.