Alistair Cragg: Ireland’s Greatest Hope In Boston

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 25, 2011

Alistair Cragg is going for the Irish record in Boston. Photo:

He’s eyeing the Irish national record there.

With all eyes on Europe’s current distance running superstar Mo Farah, one runner may be getting overlooked: Alistair Cragg. The Irish runner recently set a national record at the New York City Half Marathon, running 1:00:49, which was eight seconds better than the previous mark held by Martin Fagan.

“I felt good the whole way and it was only in the last mile or two that the leaders managed to get away from me,” he said. “But it’s good feeling to get another Irish record and I’m excited about where this can take me.”

Cragg’s time bodes well for his marathon debut in Boston next month.

Besides his new half marathon mark, Cragg is also the owner of the Irish national records in the 10,000m and the 5,000m. Were he to run under 2:09:15 in Boston, Cragg would also own the marathon record. That mark has stood since 1988.

“I’ve been packing in the miles in preparation for Boston and I think those miles were in my legs when it came to speeding up in the last few miles here, but I never felt the distance or did I feel tired at any stage. I finished very strong and really enjoyed it,” he said.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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