Paul Pollock proves his class in Queen’s 5k Round the River Race

Paul Pollock, pictured winning the Coco-Cola Lisburn Half Marathon, was on form in the Queens 5K.
Paul Pollock, pictured winning the Coco-Cola Lisburn Half Marathon, was on form in the Queens 5K.

Paul Pollock showed his world class credentials with a start to finish victory in the Powerade Queen’s 5K Round the River Race ahead of a field of 630.

The 27-year-old, just back from his superb performance at the World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen, was prominent early on with only Conor Bradley close up.

Coming to the bell it was Pollock on his own with Andrew Agnew, Scott Rankin and Glenn Phair chasing hard ahead of Gareth Hill.

Pollock was in complete control and cruised to the finish half a minute before Phair who just beat Rankin on the line. Agnew, Hill and top Junior Andrew Wright followed ahead of Neil Johnston and Ulster and Irish U15 and U16 champion Christy Conlon. Ryan Sharkey was first student.

Ann-Marie McGlynn and Natasha Adams gave Lifford the top two places in the Ladies. Waterside winner Ann-Marie was well up among the leading men as she came in thirty eight seconds before Natasha. Lauren Quee, the first student, Helen Stockdale, last year’s winner Claire Connor and Rachel Gibson followed. Annadale and Lagan Valley retained their Mens and Womens team titles.

Meanwhile, St Malachy’s came 7th in the ISF World Schools Cross Country Championships in Northern Israel.

They were led by Paddy Robb who produced an outstanding run as he moved through to take 7th. James Smyth and Ronan O’Fril came 21st and 23rd with Kieran O’Reilly taking 42nd after only arriving at the hotel at 4:50 in the morning. Darryl McNichol was 69th.

The Belfast school were only 18 points away from the bronze medals.

Elsewhere, former Athletics NI president John Glover received the Participation Award at the Annual Belfast Sports Awards Ceremony in the spectacular surroundings of the City Hall.

He was recognised for his work in developing Lagan Valley AC plus his promotions of winter and summer athletics series at the Mary Peters track.

John was a very successful athlete in his own right winning Northern Ireland titles in different events including four 800 metres crowns. He is since been prominent as statistician, commentator and promotor.