Monday 18 November 2019

Pollock pulls away to take title off Clohisey

Annadale's Paul Pollock won the Glo Health National Half Marathon in Dublin
Annadale's Paul Pollock won the Glo Health National Half Marathon in Dublin

Lindie Naughton

On a busy weekend for athletics, Annadale's Paul Pollock won the Glo Health National Half Marathon in Dublin, beating the defending champion Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrock.

Kevin Seaward of St Malachy's was third and Leevale's Mark Hanrahan fourth.

At three miles, Pollock was part of a group of nine that had broken away from the field. Clohisey was pushing the pace, with Mark Kenneally of Clonliffe, Mullingar's Mark Christie and Tomas Fitzpatrick of Tallaght also prominent.

In a close-fought race, Pollock's time of 65 mins 9 secs put him 11 seconds clear of Clohisey, with Seaward a further half a minute behind.

Leevale's Lizzie Lee was out on her own from the start of the women's race and came home in 73 minutes 28 seconds. "Emotional day - first national title in two years," said Lee.

Second was defending champion Sarah Mulligan of DSD, with Ciara Hickey of Brothes Pearse third.

Former national half-marathon champion Maria McCambridge was in Tullamore for the Glo Health National Track and Field League final, where she led the Dundrum South Dublin team to a fifth consecutive victory.


McCambridge finished second in the 3000m, and later third in the 800m.

Anita White took maximum points, winning the shot putt as well as her specialist javelin. Another winner for DSD in the 200m was Sinead Denny, who also finished second in the 400m.

The Clonliffe Harriers men managed to pick up a number of wins in an impressive all-round performances.

Among the winners for the club were Chris Zibanda (200m), Tommy Crowe (400m), Declan Murray (800m), Ian Rogers (pole vault), Antonio Fernandez (110m hurdles) and Justin Jadluai (javelin).

They finished their day with a comprehensive victory in the 4x400m, with Brian Gregan having an easy job as anchor man. Tipperary County were second, with St Abban's third.

A night earlier, Gregan had ran a season's best 45.85 to win the 400m at the Rasschaert Memorial meet in Ninova, Belgium.

In the 400m hurdles, Paul Byrne ran 50.82 - his second fastest ever - and also returned home in time to run for his club St Abban's in Tullamore.

Kelly Proper equalled her season's best with a time of 23.24 secs in the 200m.

At the English Championships in Bedford, Ben Reynolds ran a personal best 13.48 secs - a hundredth of a second off the qualifying time for the World Championships, which means he is almost certain of a "quota" place at the championships.

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