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Portaferry, Northern Ireland’s Ciara Mageean on Saturday broke the world’s fastest time run in a parkrun event clocking a 15: 13 finish time in Belfast. She finished behind just two men for third overall.

The previous record was set by England’s Melissa Courtney-Bryant who ran a 15:31.

Mageean, who finished fourth in the 2023 Budapest World Athletics Championships 1500m, holds six national records in events in distances from 800 metres to the mile. Her 800m best is 1:59.27, 1500m 3:55.87 and mile 4:14.58 all set during the 2023 season.

The 31-year-old’s official best over 5K on the road is 15:44. It is not known if Victoria Park in Belfast where the time was run offers a certified course.

Earlier this month, Mageean earned the 2023 BBC Northern Ireland Sports Personality of the Year.

The 30-year-old Courtney-Bryan is no slouch herself having run internationally for Great Britain many times. She owns a very competitive 3:58.01 1500m personal best.

Parkrun is a global event which started in 2004 with the idea of a free outing for all, walk, jog or run. The concept is about inclusion and speed does not matter. However, times are kept digitally and competitive runners often show up to Parkruns on any given Saturday. Now global, the event was started in Bushby Park, Teddington in London, England. All Parkruns are free to participate in and take place in city parks.

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