CLONLIFFE'S Gary O'Hanlon and Pauline Curley of Tullamore were the winners of the Meath Spring Half Marathon in Bohermeen, leading home an entry of almost 750 with a further 250 running a 5km fun run.
O'Hanlon was never under any pressure, with his time of 70 minutes 51 seconds putting him almost three minutes clear of Peter Mooney from Clonard and Paul O'Connell of Sportsworld. Curley had an equally emphatic win in the women's race, finishing in 78:58. At the other side of the country, Kilnaboy's Michael Shannon won the Kinvara Half Marathon in 70:14.
Trio in Turkey shoot
A team of just three athletes competes in the World Indoors Championships starting on Friday in Istanbul, Turkey. First up is Ciarain O'Lionard of Leevale who goes in the 1,500m heats on Friday afternoon, followed by 2006 champion Derval O'Rourke in the 60m hurdles that evening. Early on Saturday morning, Ben Reynolds of North Down lines out in the heats of the men's 60m hurdles. The 1,500m final takes place that evening, with both hurdles finals on Sunday.
Sign up for 'Nure date
Entry is now open for the Terenure 5 Mile on Sunday, May 13 (11am) -- a new name and look for the Dublin 5-Mile Classic organised so successfully by the Sportsworld club for 27 years. A revamped course, based in Terenure College, will take in two loops of the roads near Sportsworld's base at Bushy Park. Entry is €20 with a guaranteed minimum of €5 from each entry going directly to Special Olympics Eastern Region. Details www.terenure5mile.com
Also open for entries is the annual road race series sponsored by the Dublin Marathon. This year's series includes the inaugural Fingal 10km in Swords. The series begins with the Irish Runner 5-Mile on Saturday, June 30, followed by the Fingal 10km on Sunday, July 22, the Frank Duffy '10' on August 25 and the Dublin Half Marathon on September 15. Entry for each is €20; run all for €65; see www.dublinmarathon.ie
Enfield entry Runamuck
Causing traffic jams in the Enfield area on Saturday was the Runamuck Spring Challenge -- 5km and 10km challenges across a series of obstacles in mucky conditions. More than 3,000 completed at least one lap, with Diarmuid Collins first on the 10km in 46:15; army woman Lisa McMahon was first woman about 12 minutes later. In nearby NUI Maynooth, BHAA runners also got muddy at the annual AIB/ NUIM cross-country. Winners were Sonya O'Connell and Tony Reilly.