Paul Pollock and Ann-Marie McGlynn repeated their dominate form of the previous Wednesday to score runaway victories in the 8th Titanic Quarter 10K Road Race.
It was three successful races in eight days from Annadale Strider Pollock who had set a Northern Ireland record of 62:09 in the World Half Marathon Championships last weekend then won the Queens 5K before striking gold here.
From the moment that the 2,000 runners were sent into action Pollock moved to the front with Joe McAllister, Scott Rankin and Jarlath Falls all prominent.
It was Pollock, the reigning inter-counties champion, absolutely on his own as they came passed the ARC Complex at 4K.
Conor Duffy was a stride in front of McAllister and Rankin in the battle for second with Paul Rowan and Eamon White starting to show in the chasing group.
Pollock continued his relentless progress increasing his advantage as they came to half way. At this stage Ann-Marie McGlynn was already well up among the leading men as she led the Ladies from Natasha Adams.
The wind was now increasing making it hard in the last three kilometres but Pollock was comfortable and was able to come in with an eighty second advantage as he crossed the line in thirty minutes thirty seven.
McAllister pulled away for a clear second with Rankin completing the rostrum line up. Duffy was next with Rowan, White, Falls and Anthony Glover making up the top eight.
Paul was very happy with his winning performance. He now heads for training to the USA where he intends to run in a 10,000 metres at Standford before returning to bid for the Commonwealth 10,000 and European Marathon.
Ann-Marie McGlynn and Natasha Adams gave Lifford the top two placings for the second time in four days as they pulled away from the rest.
Former Junior champion Ann-Marie had half a minute in hand over her team mate as she came down to the finish. Gerrie Short from Beechmount was third.
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It was victory for Beechmount in the earlier Junior Mile as Daire McCarten won from Lagan Valley pair Rhiannon Coulter and Kerry Donnelly. The Boys race went to Callum Morris from City of Lisburn ahead of Ballydrain’s Aaron Harrison and Tony McCambridge from North Belfast.
Kerry O’Flaherty came seventh in the 3,000 Steeplechase at the Standford International Meeting in California. The triple Northern Ireland record holder clocked 10:14.33 in the race won by Lennie Waite of AFD.
Brendan Teer had an outstanding win in the Leitrim 5 Miles Race. The East Down athlete scored his third victory in succession in the race by two minutes from Dermot Mathers of Newry City and team mate Martin Wilcox.
Sinead Murtagh from Castlewellan took the Ladies after a duel with Catherine O’Connor of East Down. Dromore’s mountain star Diane Wilson was third.