Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Athletics: Paul Pollock blows 'em all away in Titanic 10k Road Race

Spectators watch the Titanic Quarter 10K road race
Spectators watch the Titanic Quarter 10K road race

The Paul Pollock bandwagon rolled on in style at yesterday's windswept Titanic 10k Road Race.

The event – sponsored by Titanic Quarter Ltd – had a record 1,600 competitors, many using the race as a warm-up for next month's Belfast Marathon.

The 27-year-old showed no signs of fatigue after his outstanding run a week ago in the World Half Marathon in Copenhagen where he finished 30th in a Northern Ireland record of 62.09.

Three days later the Annadale ace won the Queen's 5K race by some 30 seconds, also in a record time.

None of this appeared to affect the Holywood man as he led the Titanic field alongside St Malachy's runner Joe McAlister, Conor Duffy of Glaslough and Scott Rankin of Foyle Valley .

At the 3k mark Pollock suddenly accelerated and quickly opened a substantial gap. He appeared unaffected by the buffeting wind as his lead extended by a massive 300m by the half way point.

Shortly afterwards McAlister opened a short gap on Rankin which gradually increased.

Next came Duffy with the evergreen Paul Rowan of Willowfield fighting it out with North Belfast's Eamon White for fifth.

Pollock broke the tape in what was for him a modest time of 30.39, one minute 18 seconds ahead of runner-up McAlister (31.57 ) and Rankin (32.27 ).

Duffy was fourth in 32.48 with 48-year-old Rowan an amazing fifth, some 45 seconds faster than his time from a year ago. White was sixth (33.37) followed by Ballymena's Jarleth Falls (33.56).

Pollock said: "I am going to the US later this week to race over 10,000m at Stanford where I hope to get the qualification time for the Commonwealth Games.

"There is a 17-day gap between this and the European marathon in Zurich which I think is sufficient time to cover both," he added.

Runner-up McAlister said that, while he is happy with his recent form, he is not ready for this weekend's Rotterdam Marathon.

McAlister added that he is currently giving serious consideration to running in the Belfast Marathon on May 5.

In the ladies race Lifford's in-form Anne Marie McGlynn held a substantial lead over team mate Natasha Adams, going on to win in 35.15, which was impressive given the wind strength.

Adams was second in 36.21 followed by Gerrie Short of Beechmount in 39.56.

McGlynn, who is the current Northern Ireland 800m champion, is also keen to make the Glasgow Games this summer.

Towards this end she plans to race over her chosen 5,000m event in the coming weeks, including at the opening of the Lifford track early next month.

McGlynn said she felt that, after taking time out from the sport, the longer event suited her.

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