On what was a very encouraging weekend for Irish athletics, the Irish women's team of Sarah McCormack, Kate Cronin, Sarah Mulligan and Sharon Trimble won bronze medals at the World Mountain Running Championships in Keynica, Poland.
The four Irish women were led by McCormack, who placed sixth overall.
Cronin was 18th and Mulligan finished 27th, with Trimble completing the scoring in 52nd position.
Italy won the team title ahead of Britain and Ireland.
This was an exceptional performance by the four Irish women; another to add to the great success of the Irish women's team which won gold at last year's European Cross-Country Championships in Budapest – a team in which McCormack (inset) was a member.
Brian McMahon was the best of the Irish men in these World Mountain Running Championships, finishing 33rd, and Padraig Moran was best of the Irish junior men in 34th place.
SPRINT FINISH AT LAKES 10K
Wet and windy weather conditions did not dampen the enthusiasm of the 526 entrants who took part in last Saturday's The Lakes 10k in Blessington, Co Wicklow.
Runners were greeted by a samba band before being led out to Blessington Bridge for the race start.
This event had an entry limit of 600 and sold out two weeks in advance.
A top-quality field saw Kenyan runner Freddy Keron Sittuk edge out Brian Maher of Kilkenny City Harriers in a sprint finish.
Maher, who had won the event on two previous occasions, could not hold off the Kenyan's challenge in the finishing straight.
The winning time was 31.06, but Maher still holds on to the course record of 30.37.
Tommy Evans (Gowran AC) was third in 32.32.
Maria McCambridge (DSD) was a clear winner of the women's race in a new course record of 34.42. Grainne Connor was second in 39.09 and Suzanne Foot placed third (39.50).
Over the past four years, this race has raised more than €70,000 for charity. This year, LauraLynn House – Ireland's Children's Hospice – was the chosen charity.
Organised by members of Lakeshore Striders running club in Blessington, this is a race staged by runners for runners. As always, the now famous muffins on the finish line were a welcome treat for the tired runners.