Four seconds of heartache for McGlynn

FOUR seconds. Count them. One, two, three, four. That didn’t take long, did it?

It’s an almost imperceptible length of time, but for Ann-Marie McGlynn it might as well be a minute, an hour, or forever for that matter.

That’s because four seconds is the difference between the Strabane woman achieving her dream of running the marathon at the Olympics in Tokyo this summer for Ireland and the crushing reality that she won’t.


On Sunday, the supremely talented distance runner competed in the Chester Marathon where she knew what she needed to do. She had to run 26.2 miles in two hours, 29 minutes and 30 seconds or less to fulfill her lifelong dream of qualifying for the Olympics.

Her goal seemed to be within reach throughout the race. That was until the 12 mile mark when she was forced into an unscheduled toilet stop.


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