Pollock and Seaward run for Olympic times in Berlin
The 40,000 competitors in Sunday's Berlin Marathon will include top local runners Paul Pollock and Kevin Seaward who will be seeking a qualification time for next summer's Olympic Games in Rio.
The event has witnessed a number of world records, the latest being a year ago when Kenya's Dennis Kimetto recorded 2hrs 2mins 5 secs, and 29-year-old Holywood man Pollock has targeted this super fast course in order to get the Rio qualification time of 2hrs 17mins.
The doctor's PB is a mere 30secs short of this target.
Injury has prevented him from racing over the distance for over two years, but he has the credentials to join Ireland's Martin Fegan as a qualifier for consideration for Rio.
Also racing is Kevin Seaward of St Malachy's who has a PB of 2.18.46 when third in the Manchester marathon last year.
Irish cross country international Gary Murray will be making his debut over the distance. The former St Malachy's man will have been encouraged by a recent easy victory in the Laganside 10K plus a PB in the Wokingham Half Marathon of 64.40.