McKenna extends proud record in Belfast marathon

BRISTOL & West’s Jarlath Mckenna finished sixth but first British runner in the Deep River Rock Belfast City marathon yesterday.

McKenna (pictured above outside the Easy Runner shop) clocked a time of 2hrs 26mins 16secs as the top places were packed with overseas runners with victory going to Joel Kositany in 2:17.08 from Eric Koech (2:17.17) and Bernard Riotch (2:17.22).

El Mouaziz was fourth (2:23.11) with Dan Tanui fifth (2:23.15) before Mckenna crossed the line as the first Northern Ireland runner in a time just over two minutes outside his personal best.

A year ago Mckenna finished runner-up in the event (2:30.44) while he was also sixth in 2017 (2:30.31) and 2016 (2:31.18), the year he set his PB of 2:24.12 in London just a few weeks before.

That is an impressive record and one in which McKenna can take great pride.