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Celtic and Leinster battle in Dunboyne

Dunboyne is the venue on Sunday for the Leinster Senior and Junior Cross-Country Championships, as well as the Celtic International Cross Country races for boys and girls in the U17  U20  and U23 age categories.

Teams from Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland as well as Ireland will compete.

Leading the Irish U20 team is current schools champion Andrew Coscoran of Star of the Sea.

Deirdre Healy of Ratoath makes her Irish debut on the U20 girls' team.

The Late Jim Hogan

Jim Hogan, the Limerick athlete who won a European marathon title wearing an English vest, died earlier this week at the age of 81.

Hogan, born Jim Cregan, moved to England in 1960, changing his name to Hogan. At the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, running for Ireland, he dropped out of the race at 23 miles when lying second. Two years later, Hogan, now running for England, won the marathon at the European Championships in Budapest. May he rest in peace.

BHAA at Firhouse

BHAA action resumes on Saturday with the Eircom Cross-Country races at Cherryfield Park in Firhouse (11.0). Men run five miles and women two. Register at www.bhaa.ie.

Run Howth Head

Howth is the venue on Sunday for hill running's Leinster Winter League, a 5km jaunt around the highest point in north Dublin. Other venues are Ticknock, Co Dublin, and Annacurra and Maulin in Wicklow (see www.imra.ie).

10th Enniscorthy10k

There's less than month to go until the Enniscorthy 10km on Sunday February 8, which, to celebrate its tenth birthday, is kept its entry fee at just €10. Entries are flying in, so to be sure of your place, register now.


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