Congratulations to Sean Hehir of Rathfarnham/WSAF AC on a personal best performance when placing seventh in last Sunday's Cardiff Half-Marathon in 1:05.11.
This will be a big morale boost for Hehir going into the Airtricity Dublin Marathon, where he will be aiming to retain his national title. The Cardiff race was won by Kenyan runner Loitarakwai Lengurisi in 1:01.51 – a new course record.
LIFFEY VALLEY'S GOLDEN GIRLS BRING HOME FIRST COUNTY TITLE
Kate Cronin of Raheny Shamrock AC won the women's title at Sunday's Dublin Novice Cross-Country Championships held in St Anne's Park, Raheny.
Cronin's teammate, Chloe Doran, finished second over the 3k course, and Megan Ryan of DSD placed third.
It was a big day for Liffey Valley AC's women's team, who won the county title for the first time. Liffey Valley were led home by Siobhan Keenehan, who placed ninth. Celtic/ DCH finished second and DSD were third.
Ian Guiden of Clonliffe Harriers was a clear winner of the men's title, finishing in 18.42 for the 6k event. Karol Cronin of Sportsworld was second and Edgars Sumskis placed third.
Clonliffe Harriers won the team title from Crusaders and Donore Harriers.
CALLAGHAN CONQUERS THE COMPETITION IN KILCOCK
Eoin Callaghan of the Star of the Sea AC won last weekend's Kilomarathon (26.2k) in Kilcock, finishing in 1:29.34. Ger Forde was second in 1:30.56 and Peter Mooney finished third in 1:33.53.
Ian McGrath was fourth in 1:36.33 and David Fitzpatrick (Tallaght AC) was fifth in 1:36.34. Maurice Looby (Mullingar Harriers) was sixth in 1:37.26.
Pauline Curley of Tullamore Harriers was in sparkling form as she notched up another victory in the women's event in 1:39.01. Fiona Stack of Raheny Shamrock AC placed second in 1:44.35 and Orna Dilworth (Sportsworld) was third in 1:52.37.
Aoife Lynch was fourth in 1:52.37 and Karen O'Hanlon (1:52.59) was fifth.
SIMON FIVE-MILER TO MARK 30TH ANNIVERSARY AT PHOENIX PARK
It is hard to believe that the Simon Community Five-Mile Road Race has taken place in the Phoenix Park every year for the past three decades.
Next Saturday's 30th anniversary event should be extra special, and race director Michael Donnellan is expecting close to 3,000 entrants. See www.dubsimon.ie
CLONLIFFE WOMEN CELEBRATE THEIR HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
A number of the pioneers of Irish women's distance running will be present in Santry this weekend when Clonliffe Harriers host a special women's cross-country promotion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the club's female section.
Great Clonliffe athletes like Ann O'Brien Cummins, Claire Walsh, Kay Guy, Frances Mansfield, Mary Donohue and Anne Keenan Buckley, to mention just a few, will be on hand to cheer the runners who take part in the 5k events for seniors and masters. There will also be a 3k event for female junior athletes.
"This is a very historic weekend for the Clonliffe Harriers women," event organiser, Noreen Keane said. "It is fitting that we are organising a few events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the women's section of the club that was set up by Billy Morton. The early members were real pioneers. When you think of the success that some Irish athletes like Sonia O'Sullivan and Catherina McKiernan have achieved since those early days, it shows what can evolve from small beginnings."
COGHLAN'S COACH REMEMBERED AT CROSS-COUNTRY OPENER
The cross-country season will kick off in Dublin on October 20, when the annual Gerry Farnan open cross-country promotion takes place in the Phoenix Park.
Included on the programme is a three-mile event for women and a men's five-mile event that also incorporates a trial for the Home Countries International.
It is 30 years since Eamonn Coghlan famously won the 5,000m at the World Track & Field Championships in Helsinki, and this event has for many years now been organised by Coghlan and his Metropolitan St Brigid's AC members in memory of the legendary coach. Farnan was Coghlan's first coach and he guided the world champion to many of his greatest successes.