Paul Pollock launches #DreamRunDublin18 project at Belfast Victoria Park parkrun!

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#DreamRunDublin18 official launch…

Today (Saturday 5th May 2018), Rio Olympian Paul Pollock launched the #DreamRunDublin18 project at Victoria Park, following the 7th birthday of the Belfast Victoria parkrun.

Paul, the lead coach for the project, chose the following athletes from the many who applied for the second series of the project:

Conor Hogarth
Peter Thompson
Adam Ferguson
Michael Broadhead
Liosa McKeown
Tracey Atkinson
Wesley McDowell
Peter Morrison
Philip McBride
Eamonn O’Reilly

Nine of the ten athletes were present at the launch and completed Belfast Victoria parkrun alongside a number of the #DreamRunDublin17 team. They then met up with Paul for a chat about the project, were he went into detail in relation to what will happen over the next few months in the lead up to Dublin Marathon 2018.

Speaking at the official launch, Paul said, “We’ve just met the group for the first time and had a fantastic morning.  The sun came out here to celebrate the 7th Anniversary of the Belfast Victoria Park parkrun in Belfast.  Runners from this years group took part and really enjoyed the day – I think one or two of them even set PB’s, which is a great starting place.”

Paul added, “from my point of view as a coach, this is the bit that is exciting, this is the bit that I really enjoy, essentially I’m matching the faces to the personal bests.  They all seem like a lovely bunch.  Like last year, the plan is for all of them to run sub-3 at the Dublin Marathon.”

In the lead up to Dublin Marathon, the athletes will complete the Lisburn 10k, the South Dublin 10k and then a half marathon in September, before the 26.2 mile finale in October 2018.

Between now and then, the group will work closely with Paul and complete athlete specific training plans and meet up for group training days, were they will complete planned sessions and enjoy presentations from nutrition, strength and conditioning, and sports psychology experts.

We will follow their progress at www.nirunning.co.uk – to find out more about Paul Pollock, as an athlete and coach, you can check out his website HERE.

We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who applied for the #DreamRunDublin18 and also our friends from Belfast Victoria Park parkrun for their generous hospitality today!