John Eves of UCD beat Covidien's Tristan Druet to win the new-look BHAA Grant Thornton 10km in Firhouse with a time of 33:30. Army man Stephen McKeigue was third, with Gerry O'Connell of Colaiste Mhuire fifth and first over 50. Just behind him was Paul Cowhie of CMS, first over 45.
Orla Gormley of Aer Lingus was first woman and first over 45, with Catherine King from the Bank of Ireland second and Kathleen Horgan of Irish Life and Permanent third. Next BHAA race is Saturday's Dublin Half Marathon, with prizes in the usual categories. After that comes the Teachers' Cross-Country at Castleknock College on Saturday October 9.
Be quick off the mark, earn T-shirt prize
Just 10 days remain until the Rathfarnham 5k on Sunday September 26 (10.0) is firmly established as one of the best and fastest races on the athletics calendar. One of the features of the race is the quality award given to early entries. This year, the first 800 to register get a compression T-shirt -- perfect for training and racing in the cold weather to come.
Online entry is €20; entry on the day will be €25. A donation from each entry goes to St Luke's Hospital, Rathgar. See www.athleticsrathfranham.ie or call 086-8560734.
Endurance training hitting Marlay Park
Marlay Park will host the first of a series of endurance training sessions for athletes and coaches next Sunday (11.0). The work-outs are open to athletes and coaches of all standards looking for a group training session. Eddie McDonagh of DSD will supervise Sunday's session. Other dates are September 25 at Avondale Park, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow and at Curracloe Beach Park, Co Wexford; both starting 10.0, and November 13 at Glendalough (10.0). Info Ryan Montgomery 087-2631441.
Tom taking the Mick at Adamstown race
Tom Fitzpatrick of Tallaght outsprinted Raheny's Mick Clohisey to win the Adamstown 10k near Lucan in 31 mins 56 secs. Ensuring Raheny took the team prize were Mark Kirwan and Cillian O'Leary who finished third and fourth. Seventh and first woman was Kerry Harty of Newcatle in 36 mins 14 secs. Almost a minute behind was Linda Byrne of DSD, with Aoife Brady from Sportsworld third. Some 274 finished.
Ledwith's luck continues at Bohermeen
Andrew Ledwith of Fr Murphy's continued his winning streak at the Bohermeen 5-Mile race, finishing in 29mins 29secs. Close second was Dunboyne's Rory McDonnell with former Meath champion Gareth Coughlan of Crusaders third. Darragh Rennicks, Derek Croal and Peter Mooney were next, ensuring Bohermeen took the Rennicks Cup for the first team. Helen White of Sportsworld, fresh from her silver medal at the World Master's Mountain Running Championships, was first woman. Best of the teams was Drogheda & District with more than 20 women running.
Paul's eight-year Derry wait finally over
At the Waterside Half Marathon in Derry, Omagh Harrier Stephen Duncan led home an entry of 1,200 to win in 67:41mins. Willowfield's Brian Campbell was second in 68:56. Anne Paul of City of Derry club won the women's race, some eight years after her 2002 victory, in 84:5. At the other end of the country in Blarney, Sandis Bralistis of West Waterford and Clonmel's Angela McCann were the winners of the Cork Half Marathon, sponsored by John Buckley Sports. Bralitis finished in 1:11:30. McCann's time was 1:22:55.