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Britton will lead the way for Ireland

FIONNUALLA BRITTON leads the Irish entry at Sunday's Spar Great Ireland Run 10km in Dublin's Phoenix Park.

She will take on – among others – the current European cross-country champion Sophie Duarte and English athlete Helen Clitheroe.

The race incorporates the National 10km Championships. Last year's winners were Stephen Scullion and Linda Byrne, with the Raheny men and the Lifford women taking the team titles. The race will be televised live on RTÉ 2.

FITZPATRICK OUT IN FRONT AT DUNBOYNE

TomÁs Fitzpatrick of Tallaght put on a commanding display to win the EirGrid Dunboyne '4' in 18 mins 55 secs.

Irish running legend Catherina McKiernan continued her recent winning streak when she finished first of the women, with her time of 21 mins 22 secs putting her 20 seconds ahead of Sarah Mulligan from DSD. Donore Harriers took both men's and women's team titles.

POLLOCK RUNS PERSONAL BEST IN DENMARK

Paul Pollock of Annadale Striders achieved his goal when he broke 63 minutes running a superb new personal best time of 62 mins 9 secs at the World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen.

Pollock ran consistently, putting in two sub-30 minute 10km times along the way and going through 10 miles in 47 mins 12 secs.

Maria McCambridge of DSD showed a welcome return to form when she finished first woman at the Spar Omagh Half Marathon in 76 mins 41 secs. First overall was Annadale's Eddie McGinley in a personal best 66 mins 26 secs.

FINAL CALL FOR UCD'S DONNYBROOK RáS

Last call for Saturday's Rás UCD 5km around the Belfield Campus in Dublin's Donnybrook – now in its fifth year and one of the few bilingual races on the calendar.

All money raised goes to the UCD Volunteers Overseas programme and fancy dress is optional. Expect a surprise in your goodie bag! Entry is €15, or €12 for students.

RECORDS TUMBLE AT ATHLONE RELAYS

At the Woodie's DIY National Juvenile Indoor Relays, eight records fell on the lightning fast Athlone track.

Fastest girls' time of the day came in the W17 4x200 won by Dundrum South Dublin in a record 1 min 43.10 secs.

Fastest of the boys was the Tallaght M18 4x200 team in a time of 1 min 30.57 secs – another record.

ATHLETES MEAN BUSINESS IN ANNE'S PARK

With spring finally official, the Business House Athletics Association moves on to the roads with Saturday's Dublin County Council races in St Anne's Park.

Women have a choice of a two-mile race (11.0) or the open race over four miles (11.30am). Registration is in St Paul's College, Sybil Hill and entry is just €10 for BHAA members. Register now at www.bhaa.ie.


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