John Dunne of Donore Harriers was a clear winner of the men's race at the Dublin Masters Cross-Country Championships in St Anne's Park, Raheny, on Sunday and had the added satisfaction of leading his club to team victory, writes Frank Greally.
Paul Fleming of Rathfarnham/ WSAF AC finished second and Brian Leahy of the promoting club, Raheny Shamrock AC, placed third.
There was local cheer too for Eilish Kelly of Raheny Shamrock AC, who coasted to victory in the women's race ahead of teammate Annette Kealy. Jean Wilson of Sports World Running Club finished third and Raheny Shamrock AC won the team title.
Big entry at Indoor Championships
There was a big entry in the Woodie's DIY Combined Events Indoor Track & Field Championships last Saturday which took place at Athlone Institute of Technology, writes Frank Greally.
Michael Bowler of Kilkenny City Harriers won the senior men's title with a score of 3,528 points. Kourosh Foroughi (Star of the Sea AC) produced a consistent set of results to finish second with 3,390. Eoin Kelly (St Abban's AC) finished third on 3,263.
Laura Frey (Lagan Valley AC) and Karen Dunne (Bohermeen AC) battled it out for the senior women's title. It all came down to the 800m. Frey produced a gutsy performance to secure the victory with a tally of 2,869 points. Dunne finished second on 2,821 and Sarah Mesloh finished third on 2,548.
In the junior women's category there was a stirring contest between Sarah McCarthy (Mid-Sutton AC) and Grace McKenzie (Belgooly AC). McCarthy took victory with a score of 3,572 with McKenzie finishing second on 3,372. Amy McTeggart (Boyne AC) finished third with 2,749.
Mark Rogers (St Peter's AC) won the junior men's title with a score of 3,175. Donal Kearns of Cushinstown AC finished second with 2,601 and Killian O'Donnell (Roscommon AC) placed third on 1,833 points.
At youth level, pre-event favourite Elizabeth Morland (Cushinstown AC) lived up to her billing, delivering a commanding victory in the youth women's pentathlon. Morland's clubmate, Keith Marks, made it a Cushinstown double as he won the youth men's category.
Patrick Curran (Tallaght AC) won the master men's over 35 category and Joe Gough (West Waterford AC) won the M50 category. Lucy Moore-Fox (Dundrum South Dublin AC) won the master women's title.
Arlene Crossan (Finn Valley AC) produced an impressive set of results to win the U-16 girls' title. It was a great day for the Ryan family, with Daniel Ryan winning the boys' U-16 title and his younger brother David winning the U-15 title.
Vicki Cusack (Liscarroll AC) won the U-15 girls' title. The U-14 boys' title was won by Tariq Adegoke (St Laurence O'Toole AC) and Sophie Meredith (St Mary's AC, Limerick ) won the U-14 girls' title.