Paul Pollock has been selected to represent Ireland at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen on the 29th of this month.
The Annadale Strider qualified for the event with an impressive third place in the Bath Half Marathon last Sunday. He finished close behind two Kenyan athletes in a new personal best of 63 minutes 52.
He won over the 13 miles distance at Ards and Lisburn last year before placing 21st, the second European, at the World Championships Marathon in Moscow. He has a best of the full marathon of 2:16:30 set in Dublin.
Paul has been in top form recently. He is the reigning Northern Ireland 5,000 metres champion and took the senior cross country crown at Greenmount in January.
He will now fine tune his training for Copenhagen before setting his sights on the 10,000 metres at the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow and then the marathon in the Europeans in Zurich.
Paul is joined on the Irish team by Nicola Duncan of Galway City Harriers a relative newcomer to the sport. She has been competing for just five years after reaching interprovincial standards at tennis.