Third time’s a charm for Stratford AC’s James Cusack

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STRATFORD AC’s James Cusack headed across the Irish Sea to contest the Dublin Marathon on Sunday for the third time in as many years.

His finishing time of 3:25:03 was an improvement of five minutes on his season’s best and was 18 minutes quicker than his run in the Irish capital last year.

“The conditions were perfect,” said Cusack, who ran 3:19:04 in Dublin in 2016 and a lifetime best of 3:10:04 in Manchester earlier that year.

“I wish I’d have trained more as the last six miles were a challenge, but I’m very pleased with the result.”

Ethiopian duo Asefa Bekele and Mesera Dubiso took top honours in Dublin. Bekele won the men’s race in Dublin in 2:13:23 while Dubiso took the women’s title in 2:33:48.