Kenyan Freddy Sittuk took victory in Monday’s Belfast Marathon crossing the line in a time of 2 hours 18 minutes and 30 seconds.
The 32-year was over three minutes ahead of last year’s winner and compatriot Joel Kipsang (2:21.40) with another Kenyan Hilary Kipsang third.
The first Northern Ireland finisher was Joe McAlister who clocked a time of 2:33.09.
Ethiopian Bayrush Shiferaw took the women’s event in 2:41.20 while Kildare man Patrick Monahan won the wheelchair race in a huge personal best.
Naas native Monahan’s time 2:06.21 cut over 32 minutes off the time he set on his marathon debut when he finished third in Dublin last autumn.
Monahan first sat in a racing wheelchair last August.
Ethiopian Shiferaw finished 12 minutes ahead of Scotland’s Shona Crombie-Hicks in the women’s event in spite of missing the scheduled start by around a minute after mix-up.
In spite of that that, the African regained her composure to dominate the women’s race and her winning time was only two minutes and 33 seconds outside her personal best set in Annecy, France in 2011.
Northern Ireland athlete Karen Alexander also came in under the three hours as she timed 2 hours and 58 minutes to take third spot.
Over 19,000 people took part in Monday’s event including over 11,000 in the team relay events.