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Freddy Sittuk wins Belfast Marathon while Kildare man takes wheelchair prize

Over 19,000 took part today.

Runners pass a mural on the Falls Road.
Runners pass a mural on the Falls Road.
Image: Russell Pritchard/Presseye

KENYAN FREDDY SITTUK has won this year’s Belfast Marathon after coming home three minutes ahead of last year’s winner – and compatriot – Joel Kipsang in a time of 2:18:30.

Another Kenyan, Hilary Kipsang, took third while Joe McAlister of St.Malachy’s AC, Belfast was the first local finisher, clocking 2:33.09.

Ethiopian Bayrush Shiferaw took the women’s event in 2:41.20, 12 minutes ahead of Scotland’s Shona Crombie-Hicks, despite missing her scheduled start time by around a minute. Northern Ireland’s Karen Alexander took third in 2:58:00.

Kildare man Patrick Monahan won the wheelchair race in a time of 2:06.21, over 32 minutes ahead of the mark he set in finishing third in Dublin last autumn.

In total, over 19,000 people took part in today’s race.

Freddy Sittuk wins Belfast Marathon while Kildare man takes wheelchair prize
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  • Runners at the start of today's marathon

    Source: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
  • Freddy Sittuk

    Source: ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye
  • Freddy Sittuk

    Source: ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye
  • Fun runners

    Source: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton/INPHO
  • Mark Kelly crosses the finish line

    Source: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton/INPHO
  • A competitor crosses the finish line

    Source: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton/INPHO
  • Winner of the men's marathon Kenyan Freddy Sittuk

    Source: Presseye/Declan Roughan/INPHO
  • Winner of the women's marathon Bayrush Shiferaw

    Source: Presseye/Declan Roughan/INPHO
  • Runners pass the new Gerry Adams mural on the Falls Road

    Source: Russell Pritchard / Presseye

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