Paul Pollock continued his preparations for this summer's marathon at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich when he set a new personal best at this morning's IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.

Pollock took over 100 seconds off his personal best clocking 1:02:09 for 30th position and fifth European in Copenhagen.

Kenya's Geoffrey Kipsang took gold in 59 minutes and seven seconds, the fastest half marathon time this year.

Pollock's time was just 48 seconds behind the first European home Turkey's Polat Kemboi Aran.

Pollock is pre-selected for Ireland's team at this year's European championships in Zurich having finished as second European at last summer's World Marathon Championships in Moscow.

There was heartbreak for Nicola Duncan in the women’s event as she was forced to drop out of the women’s race due to hamstring tear.

Duncan was understandably devastated having to drop out after only 800m of the race in her international debut for Ireland.

However, with the European Championships later in the summer the major goal for Duncan the decision could prove a sensible one.

Gladys Cherono of Kenya won the women's event in Copenhagen in a season’s best of 1:07:28.