CITY OF Derry Spartans' athlete, Mark Mullan took the honour of being the first local finisher of the 2018 Walled City Marathon.
The Shantallow man narrowly missed out on a podium finish, crossing the line in fourth place in 2:49:11, however, he was delighted to be first Derry man home.
Marty Gallagher of Foyle Valley finished sixth in 2:50:48 while Spartans' teammate, James Crampsey edged into a top 10 spot in 2:52:36.
And while Mullan admitted he found conditions tough as temperatures soared along the banks of the River Foyle, he will use this as motivation to break the 2:45 mark at the Dublin marathon next October.
"I didn't run the time I wanted to run but to be the first Derry man home I'm delighted with that.
"I felt good for the first half but in around 15 or 16 miles I started to feel a bit of a pain in my quad. That went then but the last few miles I was going backwards in the heat.
"It's a tough enough course but I'm doing Dublin and 2:45 will be the target. That was the target today.
"It's always hard to run on your own. There was a couple of guys at different times we were working off each other but then things started to split up. It was probably about 10 miles I was on my own and it was tough."
For full results visit https://www.myrunresults.com/events/sse_airtricity_walled_city_marathon/2613/racereport