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Dublin: 8 °C Saturday 24 March, 2018

In pics: Rio Olympian wins men's senior race at the national cross country championships

Shona Heaslip defended her title in the women’s senior race.

RIO OLYMPIAN PAUL Pollock has captured the 2017 senior men’s title at the national cross-country championships, while Kerry native Shona Heaslip defended her crown in the women’s senior race at Abbotstown on Sunday.

pjimage Paul Pollock and Shona Heaslip storming home to victory in their respective races.

The ‘Fast Running’ website reports that Pollock of the Annadale Striders club was part of a leading group from the start of the 10km race, before edging into the lead on the third of five laps.

He eventually claimed the victory in a time of 31.43, with Kevin Dooney (Raheny Shamrock AC) taking second place (31.50), and Ballina AC’s Hugh Armstrong finishing in third (31.50).

Heasplip, who runs with An Riocht AC, retained her senior women’s title in a finishing time of 28.31. Newcastle & District AC’s Kerry O’Flaherty clocked in at 28.38 as she crossed over the line in second, while Michelle Finn (Leevale AC) took third place in a time of 28.44.

Here’s a selection of some of the best images from the event.

Keeping out the cold

A competitor loses a shoe in the Boys U18 and Junior Men race Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Be running up that hill

A general view of the Boys U18 and Junior Men race Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Mucky weather

A competitor in the Girls U18 and Junior Women race takes on the challenging course Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

The chase is on

A general view of the Senior Women's National Country Championships Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

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