Wednesday 17 January 2018

Up and Running: Mcginley cruises in Omagh Half-Marathon

Paul Pollock. James Veale/SPORTSFILE
Paul Pollock. James Veale/SPORTSFILE

Frank Greally

Eddie McGinley of Annadale Striders raced into the lead at 11 miles in Saturday's annual SPAR Omagh Half-Marathon and won in 1:06.35. Gary Murray (St Malachy's AC) finished second in 1:08.14 and Gary O'Hanlon (Clonliffe Harriers) was third in 1:08.41. Declan Reed (City of Derry AC) finished fourth in 1:08.48 and Barry Minnock (Rathfarnham/WSAF) placed fifth in 1:09.39, with Stephen Duncan of the local Omagh Harriers finishing sixth in 1:09.45.

In the Women's race, Maria McCambridge (DSD) coasted to a popular win in 1:16.40, well clear of Karen Alexander (Sperrin Harriers) who finished second in 1:24.52 and Claire McGuigan (Lifford AC) who was third in 1:25.09. Donna Evans (Finn Valley AC) was fourth in 1:26.40.

Pollock records a PB in copenhagen

Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders AC) and Nicola Duncan (Galway City Harriers AC) represented Ireland at the IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships in Copenhagen on Saturday around a flat and fast city-centre course.

Pollock produced an encouraging result to finish in 30th place overall in 1:02.09. The time was a new personal best as he broke his previous best (1:03.49) by one minute and 40 seconds.

Pollock ran a sensible race, gaining speed over the final six miles to finish as fifth European athlete across the line. The race was won by Kenya's Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor in a world-leading time for 2014 of 59:07.

Pollock will take great confidence from this run and will now turn his attentions to the track, where he will target a fast 10,000m in a meeting in Stanford, USA, this month. The marathon at the European Championships in Zurich in August will be his major target this summer.

There was heartbreak for Duncan in the Women's event as she was forced to drop out due to a hamstring tear. Duncan was understandably devastated at having to withdraw after 800m of her international debut for Ireland.

Meanwhile, it promises to be a busy weekend on the road racing front with the SPAR Great Ireland Run 10k taking place in Phoenix Park on Sunday and the Elverys Connemarathon in Connemara on the same day. The Dublin City Council BHAA races will take place on Saturday in St Anne's Park, Raheny. See

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