ATHLETICS: Paul Pollock leads Irish team in Euro bid in Bulgaria

Ireland's Paul Pollock (right)
Ireland's Paul Pollock (right)

Paul Pollock leads the Irish team in Sunday’s European Cross Country Championships in Samokov, Bulgaria with high hopes of a top 15 individual finish.

The Annadale Strider won the inter-county title after recovering from a serious hip injury in the summer. Pollock came first at Dundalk after a great battle with Mark Hanrahan of Leevale and Mick Cloohissey of Raheny who are both on the squad.

The Irish team came sixth overall last year and Pollock, winner of the Seeley Cup the week after Dundalk, has the potential to lead the team to medals.

Ryan McDermott, also Annadale, will compete in the U23 team after coming third in the inter-counties.

He looked classy last weekend when adding the Malcolm Cup crown to his earlier McConnell Shield victory.

Strabane based Ann Marie McGlynn is on the Ladies side led by double European champion Fionnuala Britton who was in a class of her own at the trials.

Fionnuala won the European title in both 2011 and 2012 before placing fourth last time in Serbia. She is in tremendous form and could well strike gold again.

Clodagh O’Reilly from Annalee, the Irish and Ulster U18 and U19 champion competes in the Junior race in what will be a very exciting meeting.