Mark Christie of Mullingar Harriers led an entry of more than 1,000 home in Saturday's annual Jingle Bells 5k in the Phoenix Park, an event organised by Donore Harriers.
Christie finished comfortably clear of John Coghlan (MSB) who placed second in 14.35. National 1,500m champion Eoin Everard of Kilkenny City Harriers finished third in 14.40 and Colm Rooney (Clonliffe Harriers) was fourth in 14.44.
Michelle McGee of Brothers Pearse AC was an impressive winner of the women's race in 16.54. She has shown great improvement this year and finished 10th in the recent Woodie's DIY National Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships in Santry.
Kate Cronin (Raheny Shamrock AC) finished second in 17.06, and her teammate, Fiona Roche, placed third in 17.24. Leona O'Reilly (Liffey Valley AC) was fourth in 17.41.
There was a big reception, too, for Brian Tyrrell from Poppintree, Dublin -- the man who has for many years brought a special dimension to many road events by running in a wide range of brilliant fancy dress outfits. Brian has been struggling with illness, but nothing was going to stop him attending one of his favourite races.
Brian, who was appropriately dressed as Santa Claus, was accompanied by his daughter, Louise.