No respite as Paul Pollock chases Titanic triumph in Belfast

Paul Pollock
Paul Pollock

Paul Pollock goes into his third race inside eight days as a red-hot favourite for Saturday’s Titanic Quarter 10K which is expected to attract upwards of 1,500 competitors.

The event sponsored by Titanic Quarter Ltd and organised by Athletics NI is the official warm-up race for the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon which is exactly four weeks away.

Annadale strider Pollock set a new Northern Ireland record of 62:09 in the World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen last week before destroying the field in the Queen’s University 5K on Wednesday.

Pollock will be favourite but the opposition will be intense particularly if double winner and defending champion Stephen Scullion makes the start. Scullion is a classy athlete as he showed when winning at Greencastle over the Christmas period.

Former National Half Marathon and 10K champion Joe McAllister is never too far away while the organisers are hoping that Eddie McGinley has recovered after his brilliant victory in the Omagh Half Marathon.

Neil Johnston and Scott Rankin were fourth and fifth last year behind Declan Reed and will go well along with Brendan Teer, Don Travers and Conor Curran.

The Ladies race looks to be wide open with Gladys Ganiel-O’Neill unlikely to start. It could be a repeat of the Queen’s result with Lifford pair Ann-Marie McGlynn and Natasha Adams in the front.

The programme opens with the Titanic Sprint for Children from 12 noon with he main Titanic Quarter 10K at 2.15pm.