Olympian McIlroy runs personal best time in Berlin

Larne Athletic Club's James McIlroy and Heather Baxter at the Berlin Marathon.
Larne Athletic Club's James McIlroy and Heather Baxter at the Berlin Marathon.

Former Olympian James McIlroy shaved eight minutes off his personal best time at Sunday’s Berlin Marathon.

McIlroy, representing Larne Athletic Club, finished 97th out of 40,000 runners, clocking 2:33:27 for the course.

Club-mate Heather Baxter ran a superb time of 3:49.32, showing she is a very consistent sub-3:50 marathon runner who will, no doubt, be in training again come 2015.

Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto won the race, smashing the marathon world record by 26 seconds in a time of 02:02.57.

The Berlin race is one of the world’s largest and most popular marathons, starting and finishing near the famous Brandenburg Gate.