Maclean magic at London Mini Marathon

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CONNOR MACLEAN completed the prestigious three-mile circuit of the London Mini-Marathon in less time than it takes some people to drive but remarkably the talented teen reckons he should have done it quicker.

His blistering race pace of 15:56 earned him 18th place from a pool of 70 elite athletes and was just 52 seconds behind the winner.

But the 15-year-old Nicolson Institute pupil believes he could have clocked a quicker time had he kept a closer eye on the mile markers.

“I started near the front and kept pace with the leaders for a long while,” recalled Connor at home in Stornoway.

“I must have missed the first mile marker so when I saw the second mile marker, the first I saw, I wrongly assumed there were two miles left to run.

“So I slowed down thinking there was longer to go. I realised my mistake before the end and tried to speed up and I managed to overtake two or three runners before the finish.”

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