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Tommy Hughes, age 61, bettered the world marathon record by over six minutes in the 60-65 age-group on Sunday – he finished in the time of 2:30:02.

Hughes ran a one-off marathon event at Down Royal Racecourse. The event was restricted to five runners.

Tommy Hughes. Image from social media.

Hughes ran the first 10-miles (16.1K) in 56:44, which had him on sub-2:29 pace.

The Irishman broke the half-marathon world record on September 12 at the Antrim Coast Half Marathon finishing in the time of 1:11:09. In that event, he took 22 seconds off the previous record. He won the 1991 Dublin Marathon in 2:14:46. At age 48, he ran a 2:28:38. This world record is no surprise as he also took the over 55s record in Rotterdam with a 2:27:52 performance.

He trains around 100-miles per week (161K).

Upon finishing the 2:30:02 performance, the Irishman declared, “I could have run faster,” which is a lot considering, he missed going sub-2:30:00 by just two seconds.

The previous record was 2.36.30 by Japanese runner Yoshinisa Hosaka.