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Laura stuns herself with her timekeeping!

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Laura stuns herself with her timekeeping! thumbnailLaura Graham celebrates completing the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2016 at Merrion Square in Dublin City on Sunday. Photographs: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile.

SHE has admitted that she is always late for everything, but when it comes to marathon running Kilkeel woman, Laura Graham is certainly making a name for herself when it comes to her timekeeping.

Laura was crowned the Irish National Women's Champion following her outstanding performance at the Dublin Marathon on Sunday (30 October).

Laura, who is a mother of four, was crowned the Irish champion after she covered the 26.2 mile distance in a new personal best of 2:41:53, over three minutes ahead of her closest rival.

Laura pulled out all the stops and took full advantage of the perfect running conditions to significantly rewrite her previous best time of 2:48:93, which was set in London just six months ago.

The 30-year-old who only took up running seriously two years ago, took around 15 minutes off her Dublin marathon time from last year.

Laura came in 10th place overall in Dublin in what was only her sixth marathon performance.

The Mourne Runners' athelete said she still thinks she can improve on her time.

“I still think I should have done better, but then I will always say that," she said.

“The last mile I was not tuned into the time, I just wanted to finish the race.

“So I did not expect the Irish Champion title. When I finished and someone said that I was the Irish Champion, I thought they were wrong as I thought someone was in front of me. But I was wrong."

As a mother to four kids aged six, five, four and three, finding the time to train can be a challenge but Laura feels that in the run-up to this race, she actually felt a lot better.

Laura was disappointed with her performance in London and knew that she had to go "steady and think smart".

“It has just not sunk in yet. I still can't believe it. The entire race I just felt so comfortable."

She now has her sights set on London 2017 and would love to compete in the Berlin Marathon next year also.

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