OLYMPIAN Paul Pollock completed a magnificent four-in-a-row by winning the annual Greencastle Run on Boxing Day.
The Annadale Striders’ clubman sauntered to victory in the prestigious five-mile road race in a time of 24:31, almost a whole minute ahead of his nearest competitor, Scott Rankin.
The 30-year-old’s time fell just 24 seconds outside the course record which he set in 2015, but he already looks a safe bet for completing the five in-a-row in 2019.
Completing the top three at the festive run was Eoghan Joseph Totten, while the first female across the line was Queen’s University runner Emma Mitchell in 15th position.
Four Omagh Harriers’ men finished in the top fifty – Conor Maguire, Sean Corry, Damien Cox and Martin McIvor.
Omagh Triathlon’s Chris McGuigan finished an eminently credible 26th while Trillick St Macartan’s Ryan Gray also crept inside the top 50.
A total of 976 runners braved the brisk wintry breeeze in the 32nd year of the ever-popular cross-Sperrins run, which was held in its traditional St Stephen’s Day slot.
Special mention must go to veteran Carrickmore runner Dominic McCartan, who finished inside the top 100 at his 30th Greencastle run.
The run was orginally started in 1986 by Greencastle AC as road runs were very scarce at the time, and has raised thousands for local charities. This year’s chosen charity was Care For Cancer.
Prizes were handed out in every category, from the overall winners to the men’s over 70s and ladies over 65s.
Top five men
1 Paul Pollock (24:31)
2 Scott Rankin (25:30)
3 Eoghan Joseph Totten (25:50)
4 Michael McCrory (26:06)
5 Mark Aloon (26:07)
Top five women
15 Emma Mitchell (28:28)
18 Caitriona Jennings (28:57)
28 Lauren Wilson (29:59)
44 Cathy McCourt (30:55)
54 Rachel Kane (31:31)