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Bull gives athletes a Christmas Run

Although the weather proved a big problem, quite a few races still took place over the holidays.

Enjoying sunny if chilly conditions at Clontarf in Dublin was a healthy crowd that turned out for the annual all-terrain Bull Run.

This year's race, shortened to 8km from its previous 10km due to works in the area, was re-named the Dick Vekins Bull Run in honour of the race's founder.

Although the race is organised by the Hercules Wrestling Club in association with the 5th Port Sea Scouts, it is well supported by running clubs, most notably Raheny Shamrocks.

Winning the men's race in 25:45 was Mick Fennell of Civil Service followed closely by Raheny's Martin Kelly and Sayan Chilkhajav. In fourth was Chris Keeling, another Raheny veteran, with his club-mates Vinnie Clohisey and Sean McGoldrick also making the top 10.


Of the women, Orla Gormley of Raheny finished in 27:49, putting her comfortably clear of Drogheda's Nuala Reilly and Rita Flaherty.

Wrestlers were out in force and showing form were Irish internationals Keith Kennedy and Brent Duggan. First junior was James McAuley followed by Michael McAuley. The McAuleys were just one of many families finishing the course among them the Lostys, Coffeys, O'Sheas and Shiels.

In the Phoenix Park, 34 finished Donore Harriers' annual Waterhouse Byrne Baird 10-Mile Handicap, one of the oldest races on the Irish calendar. Despite a 24-minute handicap, Fred Kiernan, third last year, this time emerged as the overall winner in 1.27:23. He also clocked the fastest time of 63:23.

Second overall was Cindy Hickey followed by Andrew Hanrahan, John Poole and Dave Hudson. Fastest women's time of 66:04 was recorded by Anne Curley, who finished 13th overall -- just behind her sister Florrie.