STRABANE athlete Brendan Murphy put in a stunning performance at the Frankfurt Marathon at the weekend, finishing the race in just 150 mins.
Ahead of his first ever 26 mile challenge, the school teacher had set himself a target of 2hrs 45mins. He surpassed that and with some ease, coming in on an elite finishing time of 2:30:20.
Speaking after returning home from Germany, Brendan said he was delighted with his efforts over the 26 mile course.
“Training had been going well, so I was feeling confident. Although the start was pretty congested, it made sure I didn’t go off too fast.
“The amount of Irish support out on the course was unreal. As soon as they saw the green vest of Ireland, they erupted. Knowing that all my family and friends were also following me online helped to drive me on as the race progressed.”
Recalling the last few yards and seeing that all important time, he added,
“When I crossed the line and saw 2:30:20, I couldn’t believe it. I never thought I would achieve that in my first marathon. The time has surprised a lot of people and my phone has been buzzing ever since with family, friends and runners from around the world congratulating me.”
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