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Avery looking to add Antrim IAAF glory to third at Euros Derval set for National Indoors Large entry expected at Mallow Sunday sees O'Connell 4-Mile

Kate Avery, who finished third in the junior women's race at the European Cross-Country Championships in Santry last month, is among a strong women's entry for the Antrim IAAF Cross-Country International at Greenmount Campus on January 23. Joining Avery at Greenmount is Delilah Dicrescenzo of the US, fourth in her national championships this year.

Mike Skinner and Andy Vernon 12th and 13th at Santry will chase UK Cross Challenge points at Greenmount. Skinner already has wins at Gateshead and Liverpool to his credit; Vernon is the British 10,000m track champion. Both will take on a strong African entry.

Since it was first held in 1977 at Mallusk the Belfast International has become one of the most popular cross-country meets on this island with more than 1,000 competitors taking part in 12 races throughout the day. These range in age from U13 to masters. Online entry at www.niathletics.org.



Race is on for Dungarvan '10'

With the entry for the Quantum Life Dungarvan '10' on January 31 (1.0) already over target, absolutely no entries will be taken after the closing date of January 18. Entries will be taken at Sunday's Kostal Mallow '10', which is the opening race in this year's John Buckley Munster 10-Mile Classics Series, assuming it goes ahead. Other races in the series are the Ballycotton '10' on March 21 and the Sonny Murphy Kilnaboy '10' in Co Clare on April 11. Online entry for Dungarvan at www.westwaterfordathletics.org.



Derval set for National Indoors

Derval O'Rourke is just one of a number of top international and club athletes expected to compete in the Woodies DIY National Indoors at the Odyssey Belfast on February 6/7.

Places on the Irish team for the World Indoors in Doha Qatar are at stake.

Taking on O'Rourke will be Christine McMahon of Ballymena, second in the 400m hurdles at the European Youth Olympics. Entry for the championships is open until January 23.



Large entry expected at Mallow

A large entry is expected for Sunday's Kostal Mallow '10' (12.30), a race that has earned itself a well-established reputation for its flat, fast course and efficient organisation. In addition to the winner's prize of €200, a cash bonus of €500 is on offer for course records. Since Mallow is well served with a good road and rail network, a record turnout is expected -- weather depending. Entry for a bargain €12 closes tomorrow: pre-register your details online and pay up on Sunday. Entry on the day is available for €15 at the Mallow Youth Centre until 11.30. Check before travelling with John Holland on 085-1743702.



Sunday sees O'Connell 4-Mile

Rescheduled for Sunday 10 January (12.0) is the Tony O'Connell 4-Mile Road Race in Clonmel, postponed due to the weather on St Stephen's Day. Race HQ is again the Vocational School, the Mall and entries at €10 will be taken from 10am. Info: www.clonmelac.com.



3WHAT'S ON (WEATHER PERMITTING)

Saturday

CROSS-COUNTRY: Sth Dublin County Council BHAA C-C, St Jude's GAA, Tymon Park, Wellington Lane, Templeogue, Dublin. Women's 2m, 12pm; men's 4m 12.30pm. C: Mick McCartan 086-8170440/Breda Fogarty 086-8030474. NI & Ulster Juniors and Masters' CC, Stranorlar, Co Donegal. C: 048-90602707; www.niathletics.org.

ROADS:Westport 5k (re-scheduled), 2pm.

Sunday

CROSS-COUNTRY: AAI Provincial Cross Country (Leinster, Munster & Connacht).

ROADS: Kostal Mallow '10', Mallow, Co Cork, 12.30pm (fun 10k walk 12pm). John Buckley Sports Munster 10-Mile Spring Classics Series Rd 1. Entry €12 (€15 on day). Entry limit 1,000. Course record bonus €500; men's record 49:40 Gerry Ryan; women's record 58:47 Niamh O'Sullivan. Prizes sen, masters, jun M&F. Reg/changing Mallow Youth Centre. C: www.mallowac.ie; John Holland 085-743702/022 21280; holland3@gofree.indigo.ie or Denis Sheehan 087-2461515/022-51071 dasheehan@eircom.net. Tony O'Connell 4-Mile, Clonmel 12.0 (rescheduled). €250 to winner; prizes sen, jun, M&F; spots. Entry €10; reg Vocational School from 10am. C: www.clonmelac.com or 086-166088.


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