In Portugal, a group of Irish athletes are on warm weather training, with a number of them also competing in local events.
Tallaght's Tomas Fitzpatrick clocked a time of 66 mins 21 secs for 22nd place at the Lisbon Half Marathon, held in very hot conditions. Maria McCambridge of DSD finished in 78 mins 16 secs and Clonliffe's Brian McMahon in 71 mins.
O'HANLON CLAIMS TRALEE WIN
Gary O'Hanlon of Clonliffe won the Tralee marathon by a full twelve minutes in 2 hrs 26 mins 52. Ann Marie Holland of St Finbarr's was first woman in 2:55.22.
In the half marathon, Clonmel's David Mansfield knocked a big chunk off his PB to win in 73 mins 38 secs. Irish masters cross-country champion Maria McCarthy of Farranfore was first woman and eighth overall, while the veteran Mary Jennings came ever closer to her goal of 100 marathons when she finished fifth woman in 3 hrs 30 mins 7 secs.
ROCHE WINS NAAS PARKRUN
Patrick Roche of Naas Tri Club led home 145 finishers at the inaugural Naas Parkrun, where Catherine Kelly was first woman. Fastest Parkruns of the day came from Raheny veteran Mick Traynor 16.07 and Deirdre Byrne 18.23, both in St Anne's Park.
A record 2,098 ran in one of the nine Irish Parkruns last Saturday – a massive 500 jump on the previous best. With the support of both the Irish Sports Council and the HSE, a further ten Parkruns are currently at the planning stages.
100 SET FOR HILL-TO-HILL TEST
MORE than 100 athletes are expected to take part in Saturday's Wicklow Trail Ultra – a 51km run over the Wicklow hills from Glencullen to Ballinastoe and back and it could be another Northern Irish double.
Last year's winner Jonny Steede of Ballymena Runners was a clear winner of the Glenarriff mountains race in Co Antrim last weekend. Defending women's champion is Denise Mathers of Newry. Last year, the grim conditions – snow on the mountains and freezing temperatures – saw 21 runners abandon the race.
HAYES TAKES PORTLAOISE 5KM
Thomas Hayes of Kilkenny had a comfortable win in 15 mins 19 secs at the Streets of Portlaoise 5km. Portlaoise junior David Mulhare was second, with older sister Mary first of the women.
Just 17 seconds separated with top four women, with Tullamore's Pauline Curley second ahead of Ailish Malone from Clonliffe and DSD's Hazel Murphy, who was running her first race after a long lay-off.