Paul Pollock falls short on return to action
PAUL Pollock makes a welcome to the cross country scene after getting the Olympic qualifying time for the marathon in Berlin at the end of September.
Unfortunately for the Annadale Strider, three other Irish athletes finished in front of him on that day meaning he will probably have to run an even faster marathon in the Spring.
Pollock has been quiet since his foray in Germany with no recorded races to his name in almost two months. However, the Holywood doctor can always be relied on to give his best and it would come as no surprise if he breasts the tape in first place on Sunday.
The man who beat Pollock in Berlin, Kevin Seaward, is also entered. The Loughborough-based Belfast man occupies pole position for the marathon at the Rio Olympics after his 2:14:52 and will be a threat if he lines up. Newry physiotherapist Paddy Hamilton has impressed on the Northern circuit this autumn and will not be put off by the likely soft going.
Raheny’s Mick Clohisey won this title in March and will be trying to avoid having the shortest ever reign of any champion following its permanent switch to November.
Another man with his eye on the title is Donore’s John Travers who recently returned from three weeks training in Romania and won the Dublin title in style a few weeks ago.
Edgar set to shine in Dublin
James Edgar looks likely to lead an Ulster medal haul at the National Juvenile Even Age Group Championships at Santry Demesne in Dublin on Sunday. The elegant City of Lisburn athlete is favourite to take the U18 title after a convincing win at provincial level earlier this month.
In fact, there could be a double cause for celebration for his club if Victoria Lightbody can reproduce the form that saw her lift the U12 gold medal in Ulster as well as a runner-up spot in the U13 age group at Stranorlar two weeks ago.
Omagh Harriers will pin their hopes on Sean Corry and Enya Haigney in the U16 age group races while Glaslough Harrier Amy Hamill may have to sit out the meeting after reportedly suffering an infected verruca since her winning the Ulster U18 decider.
A full report of the age group championships will appear in Inside Track next week.
ON THIS WEEKEND
9:30am: Parkrun 5K – various venues
11am: Run Forest Run Gosford 10K – Gosford Forest Park
Noon: Festival of Cross Country Relays – Aurora Centre, Bangor.
11am: National Inter-Clubs and Juvenile Even Age Groups XC Champs – Santry Demesne, Dublin.