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Paul Pollock shows Olympic class with victory in Bangor 10K


By Brian Hill

Published 26/09/2016

Cool running: Paul Pollock was in control from the start
Cool running: Paul Pollock was in control from the start

Rio Olympics marathon runner Paul Pollock made light work of both the weather conditions and the opposition in the Bangor Aurora 10K when he romped home ahead of a 600 strong field.

His winning time of 30 mins 40 secs was commendable given the strong winds and rain.

The 30-year-old Holywood doctor showed no signs of post Olympic staleness when he accelerated from the start in Ward Park and churned out a first mile time of 4 mins 29 secs.

This was sufficient to drop the opposition including recent Belfast Half Marathon winner Freddy Sittuk, who clung on gamely but found himself eight seconds adrift at the half way mark.

Pollock was clearly determined to ensure that the Kenyan would not get close enough to apply his renowned sprint finish.

The Annadale man gradually increased his lead in the closing stages and enjoyed a 20-second victory margin over Sittuk for his fourth win in this event.

These two were in a different class to the opposition with Laganside winner Mark McKinstry of North Belfast a long way back in third spot in 32.53.

The top six was completed by Craig McMeechen of North Down (33.06), Lindsay Gordon of North Belfast (33.16) and Newcastle's David O'Flaherty (33.22).

Pollock said: "I took two to three weeks off after Rio and so I'm not quite as fit as usual. My time was a bit slow though the entire race was affected by the strong wind. I decided to break the field early on and then relax a little in the second half.

"I am planning a marathon next February/March in warm temperatures in preparation for my next big goal which is the marathon in the World Championships next summer in London.

"My immediate plans are the Cardiff Half Marathon in a week followed by the Great South Run."

As expected Belfast Half Marathon winner Laura Graham of Mourne Runners took the honours in the women's race in a time of 37.01 which placed her an impressive 16th overall.

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