Kenya`s Jacob Chesire battled the odds to smash the 26-year old Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon record by almost a minute.

 

Despite admitting to having just a few hours` sleep in airports over the previous three days, the diminutive Chesire set a blistering pace to romp home in 2.14.56 - shaving an incredible 55 seconds off the previous record of 2.15.51, set by Belfast`s own Marty Deane back in 1986.

 

Chesire`s stunning display robbed fellow countryman John Mutai of his dream to win an unprecedented fourth Belfast race in the last five years, and the fancied Kenyan had to settled for a second successive runners-up slot, in 2.19.55. Ukraine`s Andre Toptun completed the podium places, with a solid display to come third in 2.21.33.

 

 

 

Top local finisher was Derry`s Tommy Hughes, twice a winner, in 1988 and 1998, and the world`s number one ranked runner over the age of 50.

 

The women`s race was won by late entrant Vera Ovcharuk, of Ukraine, in 2.46.04, followed by Russia`s Elena Kozhevnikova in 2.48.05, while Kenya`s Rael Kimaio fell off her initial leading place to come in third.

 

Closest race of the day came in the always hotly contested Wheelchair event, with Jim Corbett shaving it from Dave Hannon by literally half a wheel length.

Altogether, more than 20,000 people took part in the five Marathon events, with almost 3,400 in the main event.

 

Full results of the 2011 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, along with full team relay results, are available at

www.belfastcitymarathon.com

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