Paul Pollock dominated the road as the 8th Titanic Quarter 10K race got under way in Belfast on Sunday.
Tipped to be the favourite, Annadale Strider Pollock was on form and did not disappoint as he joined over 1, 500 competitors in the event, sponsored by Athletics NI.
Pollock started strong and easily accelerated around the three kilometre mark. He set an impressive tone for the event, keeping a good pace and comfortably retaining his lead as the race went on. Increasing winds did not dampen his spirit, he ran on his own and with unrelenting determination as he approached the half way mark.
He took the men’s title with a time of 30 minutes and 40 seconds, finishing with an impressive 80 second advantage.
Scott Rankin and St Malachy’s Joe McAllister battled for second place, at the five kilometre mark the two men were running together, with Pollock forty five seconds ahead.
2012 winner Joe McAllister chased hard and strode ahead, widening the gap between himself and Rankin in the last half of the race. McAllister didn’t let Rankin close in on him and kept a substantial gap to ensure he clinched second place with a time of 32 minutes and Foyle Valley AC’s Scott Rankin finished in third place with a time of 32 minutes and 30 seconds.
Lifford AC’s Ann- Marie McGlynn finished on top for the women with a time of 35 minutes and 18 seconds, she stayed focused running along side some of the strongest male competitors in the race. McGlynn’s lead over the other female runners was substantial, with a 66 second advantage over fellow team mate and second place female competitor, Natasha Adams. Despite extremely challenging winds, Adams finished with a time of 36 minutes and 24 seconds and both McGlynn and Adams were unchallenged in the women’s race with the next competitor, Gerrie Short of Beechmount, coming in at 39 minutes and 53 seconds.
27-year-old Pollock’s win at the Titanic 10K marked his third success in eight days after setting a Northern Ireland record and smashing his personal best at the World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen, as well as winning at the Queens Sport 5K around the River Lagan.
The Titanic 10K is the official warm up race for the Deep River Rock Belfast City Marathon, which takes place on the 7th May 2014.