A Mayo man who has developed into one of Ireland’s top long distance runners has been selected to compete at the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships in Poland next month.
Knockmore native Hugh Armstrong has received the call from Athletics Ireland to travel for the championships in Gdynia on October 17, along with fellow Irish runners Kevin Seaward and Ann Marie McGlynn. This is the only European or World Championship event scheduled to take place in 2020 and arrangements are still subject to change due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Armstrong, a member of Ballina Athletics Club, entered the top 10 of fastest Irish marathon runners ever last February when cutting the tape in 2:12.26 to finish 35th overall at the Seville Marathon in Spain. That time is less than a minute outside the qualification time for the Olympic marathon and even more impressive was that it was only his second time to tackle the 26-plus mile distance. Belfast native Kevin Seaward ran the second-fastest Irish marathon time ever at that Seville Marathon, coming within 55 seconds of John Treacy’s national record of 2:09:15.
The World Athletics Half Marathon Championships were originally scheduled for March of this year but were postponed following the outbreak of coronavirus.