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Olympian Paul Pollock tipped for victory on his Rio return

By Brian Hill

Olympian Paul Pollock and Belfast Half Marathon champion Freddy Sittuk will battle it out in tomorrow’s Bangor Aurora 10k which has the usual high entry of 650 competitors (11.00am, Castle Park).

The event will be Pollock’s first competitive outing since last month’s Rio Olympics marathon where he finished a highly commendable 32nd to endorse the 30-year-old Holywood man as Ireland’s top long distance runner.

This will only be Pollock’s sixth race of the year and his first  in the province since his win in the Queen’s 5K 18 months ago.

Kenyan Sittuk (35) took victory in Belfast a week ago and is better suited to longer distances so may well struggle to stay with Pollock’s hectic pace.

Sittuk should however be able to secure the runner up spot from last week’s third placer Mark McKinstry of North Belfast  who won the Laganside 10K earlier this month.

The class name in the women’s event is Laura Graham of Mourne Runners.  

The 30-year-old won the Belfast Half Marathon with ease and there should be a similar result in Bangor particularly given her PB of 35.24.

North Belfast’s Cathy McCourt should perform well following her recent return from serious injury.

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