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Monday 18 December 2017

Record set at Half Marathon

PADRAIG BYRNE

WEXFORD was firmly put on the map on Sunday as a Guinness World Record was broken at the Pettitt's Supervalu Wexford Half Marathon & 10km run.

Garrett Doherty, from Donegal, ran the whole Half Marathon backwards with the help of two guides, aiming to beat the world record of 1 hour, 40 min, 29 sec. When Garrett finally crossed the finishing line in the Faythe, celebrations were in order as he recorded a time of 1 hour, 39 min, 53 sec ensuring his entry into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Garrett has been reverse running for about three years now and will add his new world record to the silver medals which he won at the World Championships in Austria for the 200 metres and 10 kilometre reverserunning races.

Garrett was joined on the day by runners, walkers and joggers who had similarly travelled from all over the country to take part in the event, which is steadily growing in popularity each year.

This year some well-known faces were present to take on the course, which began on Wexford Quayside and finished in the Faythe, taking in some beautiful scenery such as the grounds of Johnstown Castle on the way. International best-selling author of the critically acclaimed book 'Run Fat Bitch, Run', Ruth Field was present and took part in the 10km run before signing copies of her book at Wexford Book Centre at 2 p.m.

Also taking part was Today FM'S Mairead Farrell who completed her first half marathon.

The half marathon itself came to a dramatic conclusion. David Barron was in the lead for quite some time, only for Skerries man, Mark O'shea to put in an amazing sprint for the finish line and pip him to the post. There was some confusion at the finish line as organisers believed David, having been in the lead for so long, was the winner, when in actual fact Mark had beat him over the line by about a second making him the overall winner.

David, having been originally declared the winner, was said to have been gracious in defeat when it emerged that Mark had beaten him over the line.

Overall, the event was great for the people of Wexford, bringing in visitors from all over the country and showing off some of the county's most beautiful scenery. Organiser Eoin Ryan said 'It was a great day and I think everyone who took part enjoyed it. I think it's a great reflection on DMP Athletics Club and Wexford in general.'

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