Paul Pollock of Annadale Striders raised much cheer when he raced into the lead eight miles into the Dublin Marathon. The Annadale Striders runner had to settle for ninth place in the end as Kenyan and Ethiopian runners dominated the event won by defending champion Geofrey Ndungu of Kenya in 2:11.09.
This was a big break through performance though for Paul Pollock who won the Woodie’s DIY National Title incorporated in the Dublin event in 2:16.30- the fastest time in Dublin by an Irish athlete in thirteen years. There were top class performances too by Sean Hehir (Rathfarnam/WSAF A.C) who took the silver medal- one place behind Pollock –in 2:17.35. Hehir’s Rathfarnm/WSAF A.C team mate, Barry Minnock won the bronze medal in 2:18.45. Rathfarnam/WSAF A.C won the national men’s team title.
Maria McCambridge (Letterkenny A.C) also impressed when winning the women’s national title in 2:35.28- just one second faster than her personal best set in Paris in 2009. Barbara Sanchez, (Raheny Shamrock A.C) took the silver medal in 2:42.10 and Pauline Curley, (Tullamore Harriers) took bronze in 2:45.49. The women’s race in Dublin was won by Magdaline Mukunza of Kenya in 2:30.47.
Weather conditions were cold but dry in Dublin. Both Paul Pollock and Maria McCambridge now plan on turning their attention to cross country. Both athletes have ambitions to gain selection on the Irish teams for the European Cross Country Championships in Budapest in December.