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RTE deserve recognition for coverage

Well done to RTé on its coverage of the Dublin Marathon -- at last this great race, a showcase for Irish sport and the benefits of healthy living, is getting its due recognition.

Top marks to anchorman Peter Collins for encouraging viewers to get out and give the runners a cheer after putting up the estimated times of their arrival in various parts of town.

That must have helped bring out the high spirited and supportive crowds that were a feature of the day.

Kudos also for the spectacular helicopter shots of Dublin -- especially the kite surfers!

A few quibbles: although the elite runners' names were written on their numbers, these were way too small. And better coverage of the Irish races, especially when it came to the women, would have been appreciated.

SWEENEY leads DSD DEFENCE: Joe Sweeney of DSD will attempt to defend his men's title at Sunday's Dublin Cross-Country Championships, where DSD will also hope to retain the team title they won from Raheny and Rathfarnham last year.

DSD will be without Breandan O'Neill, currently in the US, but can rely the likes of Alan McCormack and Robert Corbally.

In the championships' 125th anniversary year, host club Clonliffe will hope to win at least one of the races. They took the junior men's team title last year.

In the women's races, DSD is again likely to dominate. Aoife Culhane, second behind Fionnuala Britton in the recent Sheila Brennan Cross-Country, could be the one to beat.

Rennicks IS TOP NOVICE: Darragh Rennicks of Bohermeen took the Leinster Novice Cross-Country title when he beat Dunboyne's Luke Forde on the rolling hills of Belvedere House, in Mullingar. Ellie Hartnett of Slí Cualann proved best of the women, beating Liffey Valley's Leona O'Reilly. Masters winners were Tony Reilly of North Laois and Helen White of Sportsworld.

pauline and pauric STILL HAVE IT: Top Irish masters at the Dublin Marathon were Tullamore Olympian Pauline Curley and Pauric McKinney of Letterkenny. Both former champions finished sixth in their races, McKinney with a time of 2:29.51, and Curley in 2:44.48. Winner of the over-75 title was Slaney's remarkable Catherine O'Regan in 4:23.08.