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Pollock and McAllister to face off

By Brian Hill

Ireland's top long distance runner Paul Pollock and Irish International Joe McAllister will race this Sunday in the prestigious Titanic 10k road race, sponsored by Titanic Quarter Ltd.

The main race, which starts at 2.15pm at the Belfast Met College, has attracted a record 1,500 pre-entries with more expected on the day.

World Championship marathon runner Pollock, from Holywood, is currently in the form of his life following a spectacular performance last weekend in the World Half Marathon in Copenhagen, where he smashed his PB by nearly two minutes to set a new NI record of 62mins 9secs.

On Wednesday, Pollock showed in the Queen's 5k race along the embankment that he is suffering no ill effects from the gruelling challenge of Copenhagen. He took command of the leading group of runners at an early stage.

At the halfway stage he effortlessly increased the pace to open a large gap, which increased to some 30secs at the finish. He crossed the line in a record time of 14mins 21secs from team-mate Glen Phair.

McAllister, of St Malachy's, will provide the main opposition to Pollock. The 33-year-old has a successful record in the Titanic event with victory in 2012 and a runner- up spot the previous year.

The maths teacher is in impressive form with two recent victories in the Downpatrick 10k and the Larne half marathon.

Annadale's Eddie McGinley has been runner up in this race over the past two years, but is undecided about competing following his PB winning time last weekend in the Omagh half marathon.

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