Almost 600 turned out for the Adare 10k in Limerick which saw North Cork athlete Michael Herlihy notch up his first victory after a long spell out with an injury.
The former Cork City Marathon winner coasted to a clear victory over Julio Cesar Castro from Kilmurry-Ibrickane North Clare, his 32:23 giving him 49 seconds to spare. Local athlete Aogan MacDomhnaill (West Limerick) took third in 33:55.
The first three in the women's race were Barbara Cleary in 36 minutes flat, Sharon Cleere who recorded 39:50 and Ide Nic Dhomhnaill (Donore), 40:09.
MANNIX TAKES HONOURS
The Gneeveguilla AC Series concluded with the overall honours going to Anthony Mannix of Duhallow and Niamh O'Sullivan from the Riocht club.
With a win, a second place and a third, Mannix finished ahead of St Brendan's College student Conor Kissane with Ed Murphy of Gneeveguilla AC in third.
The final race resulted in a good win for Mark O'Sullivan from Bandon in 16 minutes flat. Murphy was second in 16:38 with Mannix six seconds back in third.
Kerry native Deirdre Nagle, of Cork's Eagle club, took the honours in the final women's race, her 19:10 putting her well clear of Catherine Kiely of Gneeveguilla (21:01) and Mary Finn (21:48).
MURPHY AND O'NEILL IMPRESS IN DUNGARVAN
Another long-established Munster 10k is the Dungarvan event which also doubled as the final race in the Michael Roche Carpets Series.
Victory here went to Brian Murphy of Carrick-on-Suir in 32:35, exactly a minute ahead of Raivis Zakis, although it should be noted that the West Waterford man had finished second the previous week to Gary O'Hanlon in the Donadea 50k.
Danny Smith from Ballynonty maintained his consistent form to take third in 33:49.
Nollaig O'Neill from Leevale, currently on a heavy training programme for the Cork City Marathon, completed the windy and wet 10k course in 39:42 and on the day was the only woman to break the 40-minute barrier.
This was O'Neill's second race since winning the Lanzarote Marathon in December, having finished third at the Carrigaline five-miler. Corinna Walsh of the home club finished second in 40:21 with Evelyn Cashin (Youghal) third in 40:37.