This 64-year-old Irish marathoner is in a league of his personal

Relating to masters distance working, Tommy Hughes, the previous Olympian from Eire, is in a league of his personal. The 64-year-old from Belfast took on his hometown marathon on Might 5, clocking two hours, 36 minutes, and 37 seconds—which is the quickest marathon time ever for somebody his age.

Hughes completed twenty fifth general (twenty third male) and received his M60-64 age class by a staggering 39 minutes, forward of Northern Eire’s Paul Alister, who got here in at 3:15:40. He even ran a one-minute adverse cut up after coming by midway in 1:18:41. Hughes additionally holds the males’s 60-64 world marathon report of two hours and half-hour, which he set in 2020, breaking the earlier mark by six minutes.


“I’m very pleased with my run within the Belfast marathon,” Hughes posted to Instagram. “My time is a single age of 64 report, beating the earlier report of two:24:44 set by Clive Davies in 1979.”

Hughes says he wasn’t even going to run Sunday’s marathon, as he got here down with a really dangerous chilly within the week main up. “It was a big gamble, however the situations have been excellent for marathon working, and the cheering across the course was good,” he stated.

Hughes, who will transfer into a brand new 65-69 age class in January 2025, already has his eyes on that report, which is 2:41:57. “I’ll go after the over 65 world report in six months’ time and attempt to dip below that elusive two-hour and 30-minute mark.”

He has a lifetime private greatest of two:13:15 from the 1992 Marrakech Marathon. In the identical yr, he competed within the marathon on the Barcelona Olympics, the place he completed 72nd. Hughes additionally holds the Guinness World Report for the quickest father-son marathon in 2019 together with his son, Eoin Hughes. Tommy ran a blazing 2:27:52, and Eoin ran 2:31:30 for a mixed time of 4:59:22

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