Laura Graham has become the first Northern Ireland athlete to win the Belfast Marathon 2017 since Barbara Brewer’s 1999 triumph. She is the mother of four, 3 daughters and a son.
The 31-year-old set a new personal best of two hours 41 minutes 47 seconds as she won the women’s race on Monday just eight days after running the London Marathon (2.42:38). It is the second year in a row that she has competed both the events – London and Belfast marathon.
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Graham’s winning time was six seconds inside her previous best when she clinched the Irish National title at last year’s Dublin Marathon. She finished almost five minutes ahead of Belgian runner-up Els Rens (2:46.21), with Kenya’s Salome Kimutai Jepkoech (2:54.01) in third.
Kenya’s Bernard Rotich won the men’s race in a time of 2:16.04.