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Friday 28 November 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
Aoife Deighan, Chandrika Kanje and Aideen Farrell before the 10K road race which is sponsored by Titanic Quarter Ltd and organised by Athletics Northern Ireland
Denise Shields of Titanic Quarter Ltd and Athletics NI President Gary Keenan congratulate the top three men in Sunday's Titanic Quarter 10K race
Denise Shields of Titanic Quarter Ltd and Athletics NI President Gary Keenan congratulate the top three junior girls in Sunday's Titanic Quarter 10K race
Spectators watch the 10K road race which is sponsored by Titanic Quarter Ltd and organised by Athletics Northern Ireland
TV presenter Denise Watson and her daughters took part in the 10K road race
Aoife Deighan, Chandrika Kanje and Aideen Farrell before the 10K road race
Titanic 10k Road Race - Belfast Titanic Quarter
General view of the Titanic Quarter 10K race
General view of the 10K road race which is sponsored by Titanic Quarter Ltd and organised by Athletics Northern Ireland
Titanic Quarter 10K run. Start of the Juniors' Race
Denise Shields of Titanic Quarter Ltd and Athletics NI President Gary Keenan congratulate the top three men in Sunday's Titanic Quarter 10K race
Denise Shields of Titanic Quarter Ltd and Athletics NI President Gary Keenan congratulate the top three junior boys (Under 15) in Sunday's Titanic Quarter 10K race
Titanic Quarter 10K run. General view of the 10K road race which is sponsored by Titanic Quarter Ltd and organised by Athletics Northern Ireland
Denise Shields of Titanic Quarter Ltd and Athletics NI President Gary Keenan congratulates the top three women in Sunday's Titanic Quarter 10K race
Eillie McKee take part in the Titanic Quarter 10K road race
Titanic 10k Road Race - Belfast Titanic Quarter - 6th April 2014
Titanic 10k Road Race - Belfast Titanic Quarter - 6th April 2014
Titanic 10k Road Race - Belfast Titanic Quarter - 6th April 2014
Titanic 10k Road Race - Belfast Titanic Quarter - 6th April 2014
Titanic 10k Road Race - Belfast Titanic Quarter - 6th April 2014
Titanic 10k Road Race - Belfast Titanic Quarter - 6th April 2014
Titanic 10k Road Race - Belfast Titanic Quarter - 6th April 2014
Titanic 10k Road Race - Belfast Titanic Quarter - 6th April 2014
Titanic 10k Road Race - Belfast Titanic Quarter - 6th April 2014
Titanic 10k Road Race - Belfast Titanic Quarter - 6th April 2014
Titanic 10k Road Race - Belfast Titanic Quarter - 6th April 2014

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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