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Ballycotton entry few clicks away

Online entry will be available for next year's Ballycotton '10' on Sunday March 3 -- but only after postal entry forms are returned. To get an entry form, send an SAE with the correct postage to Ballycotton Running Promotions, Ballycotton, Co Cork to arrive before November 30.

All postal entries returned before December 5 will be accepted. Online entry will then open. Members of Athletics Ireland clubs have until December 18 to get their forms in.

Flying UCD top of the class again

Despite a heroic effort by Brian Kelly for DCU on the final mile, UCD retained the Irish University Road Relays men's title in Maynooth winning by just 0.3 of a second. In an equally thrilling women's race, DCU took a ninth consecutive win despite the efforts of UCC. The teams were level after three legs, with DCU's Mary Anne O'Sullivan pulling away for victory.

Reid's good as New in Phoenix

Wayne Reid of Mullingar Harriers led home 174 finishers when the New York Marathon came to the Phoenix Park, thanks to the ingenuity of the Dublin Marathon organisers.

It may not have been the Big Apple, but on a five-mile loop and a perfect autumn day, the runners, all wearing their New York race numbers, got enthusiastic support. Fastest of the women was Karen Lavelle who finished in 3:09.27.

Euro audition time in Ratoath

Places on the Irish team for the European Championships are up for grabs at Sunday's Woodie's DIY National intercounties in Ratoath, Co Meath. Sean Hehir won the men's race at the Noel McQuill/Sandra Floyd Cross-Country in Dunleer. Raheny's Fiona Roche was first woman.

Raheny's David Rooney finished a brilliant seventh and first non-African at the NCAA Cross-County Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. Sarah Collins of Finn Valley was an impressive 10th in her first outing in the women's race. Paul Pollock won the Podium 4 Sport Seeley Cup 10km Road Race, leading home an 800-plus entry. First woman was Kerry Harty of Newcastle. Clonliffe's Gary O'Hanlon led home an entry of 277 at the Stook 10-Mile race organised by Gowran AC. Davey Byrne and Maura Kearns were the first man and woman home at the second Parkrun 5km held in Malahide Castle. Entry is free for these runs; register with www.park.ie.