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Gina Akpe-Moses. Photo: Sportsfile

Gina Akpe-Moses. Photo: Sportsfile

Gina Akpe-Moses. Photo: Sportsfile

WITH cash prizes of €400 for the first man and woman home, and a €250 course record bonus, a top class entry is expected for Sunday's EirGrid Dunboyne 4-Mile road race. Last year's winners were John Coghlan of MSB and Maria McCambridge of DSD.

The course records are 18.09 (men), set by English athlete Glyn Thomas, and 20.00 (women), clocked by Bilboa's Rosemary Ryan.

There's a juvenile programme before the main race, making it a day out for all the family, with live music and the legendary Dunboyne refreshments to enjoy after it's all over.

MAHER FLYING WITH HARRIERS IN EAGLE WIN

On the roads last weekend, Brian Maher of Kilkenny City Harriers showed some of his old sparkle when he beat Rathfarnham's Seán Hehir to win the Eagle Sport/Skins Mallow 10-mile race in a time of 50 mins 12 secs.

Irish cross-country champion Mick Clohisey of Raheny was just two seconds slower in a solo run at the Craughwell 10-Mile in Co Galway. Clohisey's time 50 mins 14 secs put him over two minutes clear of the field. In Larne, Raheny's Fiona Stack was first woman at the Larne Half Marathon in a new course record of 79 mins 44 secs. Joe McAllister of St Malachy's led the race home in 69 mins 44 secs.

KELLY BREAKS RECORD BY TWO METRES

Finn Valley's John Kelly proved the star of the Woodie's DIY National Juvenile Indoors in Athlone when he won the M19 shot with a massive throw of 17.80m. This added over two metres to Seán Breathnach's mark of 15.18m set in 1997.

Donogh Mahon of Gowran was also in record breaking form with his 2.10m in the M19 high jump, adding 6cm to Barry Pender's old mark.

Gina Akpe-Moses (pictured) from Blackrock, Co Louth improved the girls' W16 60m record to 7.67 secs.

POLLOCK AND DUNCAN TO RUN AT WORLD HALF MARATHON

With the spring marathon season just weeks away, Paul Pollock of Annadale Striders and Galway native Nicola Duncan, who runs with the Portobello club in Edinburgh, represent Ireland at Saturday's World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Both ran personal best times in recent races – Pollock 63mins 52 secs at the Bath Half Marathon and Duncan 56mins 58 secs at the Lasswade 10-Mile. Duncan burst onto the scene last October when she ran 2hrs 36mins 44 secs at the Amsterdam Marathon – inside the qualifying mark for the European Championships in Zurich.

HOURIHAN IS MASTER OF THE MOUNTAINS

Josh O'Sullivan Hourihan of UCC retained the men's title at the Irish Universities Mountain Running Championships at Camaderry, Co Wicklow, beating UCD's Conor O'Keeffe.

Trinity's Clare McCarthy was the runaway winner of the women's race. Trinity took both team titles.


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