Meet Irish long distance runner Stephen Scullion who will chart his journey throughout 2019.

Stephen Scullion’s running highlights to date include running 2:15:55 to finish 12th at the 2018 London Marathon and winning the Irish 10,000m title in the same year.

Among the long distance runner’s goals for 2019 are personal bests from 5k to the marathon as well as breaking the Northern Ireland marathon and 10,000m records.


Name: Stephen Scullion
Age (Jan 2019): 30
Hometown: Belfast
Club: Clonliffe Harriers
Main disciplines: 10,000m to marathon
Full-time athlete/work/studying: Full-time athlete

Goals or targets for 2019

1) PB from 5k to marathon
2) Finish in the top 20 at the Doha World Championships
3) Average 85-90 miles per week for the year
4) Rank number one in Ireland for the marathon
5) Break the Northern Ireland marathon and 10,000m records

Running highlights

1) London Marathon 12th place: 2:15:55
2) Houston Half Marathon: 63:16
3) Portland track 10,000m: 28:37
4. AAI 2018 National Champion 10,000m: 29:25

Personal bests

Marathon: 2:15:55
10,000m: 28.37
Half Marathon: 63:16
1500m: 3:43.60

Interesting or fun facts

I’m not that fun, I used to be.

I run because…

I’ve accepted it’s what I’m born to do. I might have been the 100,000th best web developer in the UK and Ireland, but I can be one of the best runners.

Favourite training session

I am a big fan of the long steady run, looking at 20-24 miles at 5.20-30 per mile – I love consistent rhythm and effort.

Least favourite training session

Hills, DID I mention I hate hills.

Favourite pre-race food

I don’t really have one.

Favourite post-race food

I don’t get that hungry really, usually just tired and happy it’s all over.

Favourite runner or runners

That’s a tough one – The Big Mazungo (Craig Mottram) was my first real idol.

Brands or organisations that support me

Under Armour and Maurten.

Stephen Scullion features in the ‘Fast 10: class of 2019’ and over the course of the year will share his running journey. You can follow Stephen on Twitter and on Instagram. Also, you can check out his podcast here.

Further information about the ‘class of 2019’ can be found here.

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