Mullingar athletes Jake Byrne and Ciara Hewson were convincing winners of the U20 races at the AB Travel Ballyfin Junior-Cross in Emo Court. Byrne led from the start of the men's 4000m race, with Tullamore's Liam Brady chasing him hard and briefly taking over in front with about a mile to go. Dunleer's Carl Dunne had a fine run for third while Robert Yorke and Thomas Fagan took fourth and fifth spots to ensure team victory for Mullingar.
A strong front-running performance gave Ciara Hewson a convincing victory in the women's race. Defending champion Mary Mulhare in second place was leading North Laois to team victory over Raheny. Ciara Cummins from Moyne was third and Tinryland's Mary-Ann O'Sullivan fourth.
Going Grey no issue as entry still open
Entry is still open for Sunday's Grey Lake 10k in Loughrea (2.30), with a technical sports top and an Asics goody bag for all finishers, along with tea and sandwiches. Entry fee is €20-25 on the day. Youngsters can test themselves over a one-mile course, which takes place before the big race (1.30). Entry is €5, with a goody bag and medal for all. Details www.loughreaathleticclub.com or contact David Reilly on 086-8888848.
Summit special in Camaderry clean sweep
All four Irish teams took medals at the British and Irish Junior Hill Running international at Camaderry, near Glendalough.
Both the U16 and U18 girls' teams finished in second place, while the boys' U16 and U18 teams were third.
To add to an impressive tally, Clare McCarthy of DSD and Raheny's Kevin Dooney took individual silver. Both had led their races on the climb, only losing out on the scramble down the hill.
DSD's Niamh Denny also did much of the hard work in the early stages of the girls' U18 race, but had to settle for fourth place, with Catherina Mullen of Shercock fifth.
In a great finish to the boys' U16 race, Killian Mooney of DSD just missed out on silver.
Lyons tames opposition in Clifden 10k
Martin Lyons from Mullingar won the Clifden Lifeboat 10k, already gaining a reputation as one of the toughest 10k races in the country. It took Lyons 35 minutes 25 seconds to win -- and that was a new men's record. Also setting a record was local athlete Rachel Mannion, who was the first woman home in 45 mins 7 secs.
A special offer to join remarkable team
Special Olympics Ireland is looking for runners taking part in this year's Lifestyle Sports adidas Dublin Marathon to join their team.
Special Olympics Ireland currently has 11,000 athletes participating in 14 sports in more than 400 clubs throughout the country. To help raise much-needed funds, contact Paul Ahearne on 01-8691660 or email email@example.com.
On your marks for start of cross country
With a nip in the air, the cross-country is just around the corner with two well-established warm-up events taking place next Sunday. At Greenanstown, Stamullen, the annual Star of the Sea races welcome all ages and standards, with juveniles first off at 11am and adults at 12.45. Kilcacow in Co Kilkenny is the venue for the annual St Senan's Open Cross Country, which also has races for boys and girls aged from U9-18 and for junior, senior and masters men and women.