Top marathon runner Eddie M'Ginley of Annadale AC, will compete in the 2015 Belfast City Marathon
The 32 year old journalist will face the usual array of classy Kenyans who have dominated the event in recent years. However Eddie has indicated that he will be concentrating on his own race as opposed to mixing it with the Africans some of whom have in recent times set a breakneck pace in their attempts to break the course record of 2 hrs 13 mins 41 secs.
Ideally M'Ginley would like to set a PB time which currently stands at 2.24.52 which he set in Dublin in 2013. He does however accept that good times in Belfast are never easy given the tortuous Antrim Rd hill and the exposed areas in Duncrue Estate. However the former Irish Cross country champion says;
" I work and train in the Duncrue area. I will also be running with some of my training mates which should help along with the tremendous crowd support which is always there for a local runner".
Eddie will be more than happy if he can emulate the achievement of Thomas Frazer who has been the highest ranked local finisher in recent times when he finished 4th two years ago.
Eddie will face a stiff challenge from two Kenyans who are temporarily based in the Province under the Project Africa scheme. Vincent Chepyegon has a PB marathon time of 2.18.32 from Frankfurt last October and he recently beat the Annadale man when winning the Larne Half Marathon.
An even greater threat will come from 26 year old Gideon Kimosop who has a best time of 2hrs 16 mins 44 secs. He recently beat World Championship Marathon runner Paul Pollock in the Omagh Half where he recorded a fast time of 65.15. Gideon was also an impressive 4th in the recent Greenmount Cross Country. Both these athletes have made it clear that the top target for their visit to the Province is next week's marathon.
The Ladies field will now include Britain's Shona Fletcher who won the York Marathon last October in 2 hrs 43 mins. Also racing is Kenya's Selina Kangogo who lost to last weekend's London Marathon star Breege Connolly in the Larne Half.