Frazer books place at Commonwealth Games

WE all know there is no such thing as overnight success. Behind every success, lies years of hard work. That is certainly the case for 32-year-old Thomas Frazer who qualified for next year's Commonwealth Games after running two hours, 17 minutes and 45 seconds at the Berlin Marathon last Sunday.

The time was a personal best and sliced almost a minute off his 2:18:37 set in Chicago last October. An Irish schools champion while at both Glengormley CBS and St. Malachy's College, Frazer took up a scholarship at Butler University in Indianapolis.

After graduating, he decided to stay in the United States and married a girl he had met at Butler. His partner's career in the US Navy has seen them move to other parts of the world and the couple lived in Japan for three years.

That enabled Frazer to run in the famous Fukuoka Marathon on two occasions as well as the Tokyo Marathon twice.

The St Malachy's athlete came to the marathon with impressive track credentials, including a 3:45.59 best for 1500m and 8:07.80 indoors for 3000m while studying at Butler.

During his time in Indianapolis, he helped the Bulldogs to a fourth in the NCAA cross country team event.

Frazer's training involves him running 120-130 miles per week including two tempo runs and a long run at the weekend. He also does a speed session consisting of a mile or two-mile repeats on the roads on a Tuesday.

He visits the track just once per month. On the days when he trains twice, his first run is at 5am. Frazer (left)

stays at home to look after his two children while his wife works in the US military.

Because of family commitments, he finds it difficult making the trip back home but earlier this year was able to run the Belfast Marathon because it coincided with a friend's wedding. He finished fourth (2:26:24) despite claiming it was "only a training run". Frazer can now look forward to lining up alongside Paul Pollock in the Commonwealth Games next summer, while Gladys Ganiel O'Neill secured her place in the women's marathon after running 2:39:26 in Berlin. Her North Belfast Harriers' colleague Breege Connolly will also be in Glasgow after achieving the standard in April.


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