World Half Marathon record broken at this morning’s Antrim Coast Half Marathon…

While you were probably snoozing in bed or reaching for your second slice of toast, Ethiopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw broke the women’s half-marathon world record in the Antrim Coast Half Marathon. She did it in 63 minutes and 43 seconds which cut 19 seconds off the previous mark set by Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich earlier this year. She’s the first woman to ever go sub 1 hour 4mins.

The men’s race was won by fellow Ethiopian Jemal Yimer in 60:29

Slugger’s own Gladys Ganiel finished the race in a very respectable 1:16:59. All this puts my parkrun times to shame ๐Ÿ™‚

Well done to the race organisers who have done a great job in turning the old Larne Half Marathon into a prestigious race that can attract such elite-level athletes. Sometimes it’s easy to focus on the negatives of living in Northern Ireland. But here’s an example of local people doing great things, including the hundreds of local runners who also took part.

For those who enjoy awkward photos of politicians, here is Sammy Wilson with Sir Mo Farah.