Belfast City Marathon: who were fastest over the line?

Thousands took part in the 40th Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon with thousands more lining the streets to cheer them on.

Event organisers were delighted to see a return of the event to its traditional date following a change in 2021 due to Covid-19.

The event on Sunday (May 1) saw participants in the marathon itself, team relay and eight-mile walk, all taking place from the Stormont estate and finishing in Ormeau Park.

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This year the Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon were awarded the 2022 NI and Ulster Marathon Championship.

The overall podium for the Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon was made up of Gary O'Hanlon (left - 3rd with a time of 2.26.59), Conor Gallagher (right - 2nd with a time of 2.24.59) and winner, Paul Pollock with a time of 2.16.13. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

It proved a great day for athletes across the island of Ireland, with Paul Pollock of Annadale Striders coming first in a time of 2:16:13, closely followed by Conor Gallagher (St Malachy’s AC) in a time of 2:24:59. In third place was Gary O’Hanlon of Clonliffe Harriers, in a time of 2:26:59.

Gladys Ganiel (North Belfast Harriers) was the first lady in a time of 2:43:49, with Gillian McCrory of St Peters AC second with a time of 2:52:06.

Natalie Hall came third in a time of 2:54:00.

Karol Karol Doherty won the Wheelchair Race in a time of 3:17:47.

2022 Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon wheelchair race winner, Karol Doherty, with a time of 3.17.47. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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The podium of the 2022 Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon women's race was made up of Gillian McCrory (left - 2nd with a time of 2.52.06), Natalie Hall (right - 3rd with a time of 2.54.00) and winner, Gladys Ganiel, with a time of 2.43.49. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye