21 September 2015 – Victory in yesterday’s Belfast City Half Marathon literally came down to the wire with the decision finally being given to pre-race favourite Kenya’s Gideon Kimosop over compatriot Daniel Tanui after the pair crossed the line shoulder to shoulder.
The pair shared the same time of one hour, four minutes and 24 seconds after a ding-dong battle over the final miles.
The only challenge to the men from the Rift Valley came from Newry-based physiotherapist Paddy Hamilton but he too had to surrender to the blistering pace set by Kimosop and Tanui.
“The two Kenyan guys were really good. I know I’d an average enough run, but I’m happy enough,” said Hamilton who recorded 69:09 for the 13.1 mile distance.
A sell out entry of 3,500 runners took to the streets of Belfast for the event with Kenyans Mercy Jemutai and Rosina Gibionia lifting the top prizes in the women’s race.
In the end Jemutai had eked out a 21 second advantage to come home clear of Gibionia in a more than credible 1:13:36. Letterkenny’s London Olympics marathon representative Catriona Jennings took third in 1:18:58.
There were criticisms of the race on social media yesterday evening with full results still not being available over 8 hours after the race was completed.
There was success for another northern woman when Acorns AC stalwart Karen Alexander won the Dublin Half Marathon in 1:22:24. A shadow was cast over the race with the death of a young man close to the finish.