ANN Marie McGlynn had a sensational run when she set a new Northern Ireland and Ulster half marathon record in the Barcelona half marathon last weekend.
The Mucklagh native who has lived in Strabane in Tyrone for several years, gave a super displ;ay of long distance endurance running as she posted a new personal best of 1.11.59 for the 13.1 mile race.
Running an average of 5.30 minute a mile, McGlynn went throuhgh 5k in 17.14 and 10k in 34.08. She ran a very consistent race as she finished seventh overall in a strong field.
Nee Larkin, McGlynn was a brilliant juvenile runner with Tullamore Harriers before abandoning the sport during her twenties. She took it back up again in her 30s and soon resumed competing at a very high level, posting great times and winning national medals as well as representing Ireland in the European Cross Country Championships.
The Barcelona half marathon was a key race for McGlynn as she prepares for her marathon debut in Rotterdam on April 7. It will now be very interesting to see how she fares in Holland. Based on a 1.11.59 half marathon, McGlynn is capable of running a 2.30 marathon. A lot of other factors of course come into play on marathon day but she could go very close to breaking 2.30, which is a very cherished mark in female running.
Now racing for Letterkenny Athletics Club in Donegal, she will be expected to set a new Offaly marathon record. Tullamore Harriers' veteran star, Pauline Curley set the record of 2.39 in Rotterdam when earning the Olympics qualifying time for Beijing in 2008 and McGlynn has a terrific chance of breaking that.
It is on the same Rotterdam course which is a fast flat one and if the weather conditions are favourable, it will be very interesting to see what she runs.