A Mayo man flying the flag for Ireland at Saturday’s World Half Marathon Championships in Poland did his county and country proud by finishing in a personal best time.
Ballina AC’s Hugh Armstrong was one of only three competitors selected to represent Ireland at the event, with Belfast’s Kevin Seaward joining Hugh in the men’s event and Letterkenny AC’s Ann Marie McGlynn featuring in the women’s race.
The lapped route saw Knockmore native Hugh cross the line 39-seconds behind Seaward in a time of 1:03:37 to finish in 70th out of 121 starters. St Malachy’s AC man Seaward was 58th with his also being a personal best time.
The men’s race was won by the impressive teenager Jacob Kiplimo (Uganda) in a championship record 58.49.
Ann Marie McGlynn put in a super performance to finish in 42nd place in what was a stacked ladies field, crossing the line in 1.11.40.
The three Irish athletes will be delighted with the performances on the back of what has been a difficult season. This event was originally scheduled for March of this year but was postponed following the outbreak of Coronavirus. This is the only European or World Championship event scheduled to take place in 2020.