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Bralitis roars home in Dungarvan but fails to make a Quantum leap

SANDIS BRALITIS of host club West Waterford led home a record entry of 1,200 at the Quantum Life Dungarvan 10-mile road race. Bralitis kicked from the start aiming for his own course record of 50 minutes 8 seconds, but found himself out on his own after an opening mile of 4 mins 44 secs.

Despite losing a few seconds in the middle part of the race, by the eighth mile he was back on course for the record. Sadly it was not to be and he finished in 50.57. A distant second was his clubmate Raivis Zakis, in training for the 3000m at next weekend's indoors. Colin Merritt of Carraig na Bhfear was a close third. Taking the women's title in 58 mins 48 secs was Borrisokane's Siobhain O'Doherty, with Rhona Lynch of Eagle second and Clonmel's Angela McCann third.

Cream of the crop bidding for Farmers' glory

WHILE the hay bales will be back for Saturday's North County Farmers' cross-country at Swords, more senior members of the BHAA community will be allowed to by-pass them -- although officials will be keeping a watchful eye!

Both men and women will start together on a course that takes in a notorious stretch along the river and nice bit of wood. Women run 2.5 miles and men double that. Race HQ is St Colmcille's GAA club off Balheary road; watch for the signs.

p Swords is also the venue for the Women's Meet and Train 2-Mile run on Sunday (11.0). Newcomers welcome.

Ryan likely to scrap for points in Westport 5k

After two cancellations due to the weather, the ninth and final round of the 2009 Vodafone C&C Cellular Mayo Road Race League takes place in Westport on Sunday (2.0). With league points at stake, among those likely to show for the 5k are Galway's Gerry Ryan, who needs the points if he is to overtake current leader Robert Malseed who won't be running. Favourite for the women's race is Mary Gleeson from Claremorris.

Magic Moriarty pick of the juniors at Raheny 5

Back when he was a juvenile hot-shot, Sean Connolly of Tallaght won the junior race at the Raheny 5. Last Sunday, he was winning the 'big' race for a second year. So will this year's juniors follow in his footsteps?

Winning the boy's mile was Timmy Moriarty of the host club Raheny, who went on to jog around the five-mile course as well. Mullingar's Adam Daly was second and Emmett McGovern of Raheny third. Taking the girls' lead on the second lap was Amy Carron of Skerries who was first home, ahead of Raheny's Ellen O'Hanlon and Orla O'Donnell of Fr Murphy's. Aoife Downey of Skerries, Molly Murphy O'Kane of Donore and Paddy O'Donnell were the first three in the U-12 800m, with an entry of about 250.

Mallow's reduced entry fee worth chewing over

Entry is still open for Sunday's Kostal Mallow 10-Mile Road Race, which offers an unusual entry system. You register in advance at www.mallowac.ie, and then pass over your €12 entry fee on the day. If you don't register, it will cost you €15. How's that for good value?

A generous prize fund includes a €500 course record bonus. These stand at 49.40 for men (Gerry Ryan) and 58.47 for women (Niamh O'Sullivan). The first man and woman will get €200 anyway, whatever their time, so it could be a good pay day. There are also loads of category prizes and a warm welcome is assured to everyone.


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