Paul Pollock

IRISH ATHLETICS – 10K/HALF/MARATHON

OLYMPIC MARATHON RUNNER – EMERGENCY MEDICINE DOCTOR – DAD
Since becoming Irish national champion in his debut marathon in Dublin 2012, Paul Pollock has been a mainstay of Irish athletic teams at global championships. With over twenty Irish caps to his name, he has the highest ever finishing place by an Irish athlete at a World Championship, over both the marathon (21st) and half marathon distances (14th). He was the first Irish finisher in the 2016 Rio Olympics marathon (32nd) and already holds the qualifying time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics marathon. Paul was one of only three European athletes chosen to be an inaugural member of the elite professional ‘NN Running Team’, alongside teammates including Eliud Kipchoge (Sub 2 hour marathon) and Kenenisa Bekele.

Paul currently lives and trains in Belfast and has managed to achieve all of his athletic success whilst balancing life working as an emergency medicine doctor, as well as recently becoming a father. In 2016, he featured in the RTE ‘Road to Rio’ TV series, documenting his qualification and build up to the Olympic Games. In 2017, Paul founded the DreamRun Dublin project, in which he annually selects and coaches a group of ten Irish runners for 24 weeks towards their goal of breaking the magical sub 3 hour barrier at the Dublin marathon. In 2020, he was awarded the Belfast Sports Personality of the Year Award.

PAUL POLLOCK

IN THE MEDIA

‘It’s one of my biggest regrets in running’: Olympic pain fuelling Paul Pollock’s Tokyo dream
It’s one of the cruel ironies of top-level sport that effort, all too often, does not align with reward, no matter what the inspirational captions say on Instagram. The relationship between the two is one that leaves the best performers — driven, type-A personalities that they typically are — sometimes scratching their heads. For some, the downfall is not a lack of commitment or a phobia of any hard slog, but a failure to learn the precise location of the line separating supreme fitness and physical failure.
PAUL POLLOCK

IN THE MEDIA

Flying doctor Paul Pollock prepared to bide his time in Tokyo Olympic race
The nature of Paul Pollock’s job helped when confirmation finally came through. For weeks, the will they/won’t they charade surrounding the Olympic Games had turned into a circus. While the rest of the sporting world ground to a halt in the face of the Covid-19 crisis, the International Olympic Committee persisted with a bizarre ‘business as usual’ approach. Eventually the pandemic escalated to such a level that even the fingertips of false hope could cling no longer as Tokyo 2020 became Tokyo 2021.

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