Kieran sets new Herne Hill Harriers marathon record

Hero: Rosalind Kieran on her way to a club record

Hero: Rosalind Kieran on her way to a club record

First published in Athletics

Rosalind Kieran set a new Herne Hill Harriers club record at the London marathon on Sunday, writes Steve Bosley.

The 28-year-old completed the course in two hours, 42 minutes and 48 seconds to finish as the 10th British woman to cross the line and the first woman from the mass start.

Her time means Kieran may now be considered for an international spot at marathons later in the year.

Other Harriers’ women, Katy Yarnell and Nicky Stirzaker, finished in 3.07:31 and 3.10:26 respectively.

In the men’s race, Andy Weir was the first Harrier home finishing in 69th in 2.31:51 with Jeff Cunningham 85th in 2.34:34.

More than 60 youngsters from the club took part in the mini marathon and Paul Burgess won the U13 boys’ borough challenge for the second year running.

The 13-year-old, running for Croydon, finished the three-mile course in 16:38 for victory.

Nine other Herne Hill Harriers had top 12 finishes.

Also in the U13 race, Sam Cohen was sixth, Sam Wattles seventh, Shaun Houlden 11th and Tom Singholden 12th.

Merhawi Yemane and Lascelles Hussey were fifth and seventh in the boys’ U15 race, Kate Brown ninth in the girls’ U13 race and Francecsa Reid Lloyd 11th in the U17 girls’ race.

Elsewhere, 14 Harriers travelled to Birmingham for the Aviva National Sportshall finals where Michella Obijiaku and Kyanne Cornwall were in the winning Surrey U15 girls’ team.

Both featured in the winning two-lap relay and Obijiaku won the shot put and was second in the all rounders competition.

Five Harriers featured in the Surrey boys team who came second, with Ezkiel Onassanya winning the two-lap race and Jermaine Graham second in the standing triple jump.

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