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Livestream - Cheshire Elite Marathon April 2021

Livestream - Cheshire Elite Marathon April 2021

Pulford, Cheshire, England

Sunday April 25th 2021

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Note: Each lap is approx. 3.7 miles long, so splits will not be the more regular 5k, 10k, 15k, etc

 

This morning, at 9am, the Cheshire Elite Marathon takes place in Pulford, Cheshire, England. Originally planned for Wrexham, Wales, it was transferred to Pulford, Cheshire, England, due to ongoing Covid restrictions in Wales.

Several Elite Irish athletes are aiming for Olympic Marathon Qualification standards of 2:11:30 (Men) and 2:29:30 (Women).

Stephen Scullion, Kevin Seaward and Paul Pollock have already run Qualifying times, so Gary O'Hanlon, Mick Clohisey and Sean Hehir must improve on their performances if they are to stand a chance of gaining one of the three coveted places. 

With only one place already 'booked', by Fionnuala McCormack, who ran 2:26:47, in Chicago, in 2019, there is slightly less at stake for the Irish women elite grouping of Ann-Marie McGlynn, Breege Connolly, Fionnuala Ross, and Cork club members Aoife Cooke (Eagle AC) and Dylan Hassett (Leevale AC). Each of this quintet are vieing for one of the two remaining places, with the main thrust likely to come from Cooke, Hassett and McGlynn.

With almost perfect weather conditions forecast, it would be great to see these women meet the qualifying standard. Based on previous performances, there is little between the main trio and, barring the unexpected, we are likely to see all three pretty much on-target until approx. 35k, when 'the real race' is likely to start.

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