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Pollock qualifies for the Euros


IRISH performance of the weekend came in California, where Annadale's Paul Pollock made the 10,000m qualifying time for the European Championships when he ran 28 mins 32.18 secs – the fastest Irish time since Martin Fagan's 27:58.48 in 2009. Pollock also has the qualifying time for the marathon.

At the Hamburg Marathon, Clonliffe's Sergiu Ciobanu was an agonising eight seconds off European Championships qualification, running 2 hrs 17 mins 8 secs. Ciobanu ran 2:15.27 at the 2012 Rotterdam Marathon.

3Martin Fagan, returning from a doping ban, made a low-key return to racing when he won the Coralstown 5km last week.


Thomas Fitzpatrick of host club Tallaght was a clear winner of the Tallaght 5km incorporating the Dublin Novice Championships.

His time of 15 mins 39 secs gave him a solid margin over Mitchell Byrne of Rathfarnham WSAF, who just pipped his coach Paul Fleming for second place.

MSB's Kate O'Neill won the women's race in 18 mins 9 secs beating Laura McDonnell of Tallaght, who took the Dublin novice title.

3Fitzpatrick is one of a large group of Irish athletes signed up for Saturday's Highgate Night of the 10,000m in London.


Raheny Shamrock swept the boards at the Boyne 10km in Drogheda taking four of the top six places. Simon Ryan was the race winner in 32 mins 1 secs, followed by Brian Leahy second and Mick Traynor third and first over-40.

Sixth and first woman was Fiona Roche in 35 mins 23 secs. There was a record entry of 1,525.

Conor Dooney broke 25 minutes comfortably to win the RTé 5-Mile in Dublin's Donnybrook, clocking 24 mins 35 secs. Just five seconds adrift for second was Eoin Callaghan. Ilona McElroy was first woman, with Anne Curley second and first W40.

Biggest cheers of the day went to 86-year-old Brendan Earley, who broke the hour.

Next Dublin BHAA race is the ESB Beach 5km at Sandymount Strand on Tuesday May 13 (7.30).


Niall Sheils of St Killian's and comeback kid Niamh Fitzgerald (nee Byrne) of Lucan Harriers were the winners at the Leixlip 5km, organised by Le Chéile AC and finishing on its spanking new 400m track. Sliabh Buidhe Rovers used the race for a club day out and had more than 30 runners in attendance.

Highlight of the opening Dublin Graded Track and Field meet of the season in Santry was a men's 3000m that attracted 50 entries, with Dunleer's Darragh Greene a clear winner in 8:24.09. There was an exceptional throw of 67.97m in the hammer by Adam King of Iveragh. Nadia Power of Templeogue AC won the 800m, beating Carla Sweeney of WSAF. Next round Wednesday May 14 at Tallaght.