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Hehir on top at Aware 10km

Rathfarnham's Sean Hehir was a clear winner of the Aware 10km in Dublin's Phoenix Park.

His time 31.04 put him 1 minute and 43 seconds clear of his club-mate Eoghan McGinley with Raheny's Brian Leahy third and Ciara Hickey of Brothers Pearse the first woman in 39 mins 38 secs. Michael Feely, also Rathfarnham won the 5km race.

Marlay Marvels

Eric Keogh and Michelle McGee were the winners of the Vodafone BHAA 5km cross-country held in Marlay Park. Keogh's time of 16 mins 43 secs put him comfortably clear of second placed Neil O'Rourke who finished in 17 mins 20 secs. Gary Crossan was third and first over 40. McGee finished seventh overall.

The 2015 BHAA season begins with the Eircom Cross-Country in Firhouse on Saturday January 17 (11.30). Newcomers of all standards are very welcome to take part in some of the best organised races around.

'Cotton calling

Club runners still have until Friday December 19 to enter the 37th Ballycotton '10' on Sunday March 8 (1.30pm) - a race every self-respecting club runner wants to run at least once.

Entry for the 2014 was almost entirely online, with the quota of 2,300 along with a further 200 "paper" entries already filled. Entry fee remains a recession-busting €15 - and if you're over 70, it's free! See www.ballycottonrunningpromotions.com full details. 

Stocking Filler

An ideal stocking filler for the runner in your life is the Irish Runner Annual - 128 pages packed with features on prominent athletes, as well as a comprehensive fixture list and top tips on training and diet.

Included in the annual is a Triathlon Ireland supplement and a 2015 wall planner. Available in reputable newsagents or directly from www.athleticsireland.ie