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Fitzgibbon off to Portugal

IRISH women's javelin record holder Anita Fitzgibbon of Dundrum South Dublin leads a small Irish team at the European Cup Winter Throws in Leiria, Portugal this weekend.

Also travelling are Tralee's Clare Fitzgerald, who competes in both shot and discus, and Marco Pons of DMP, who goes in the U23 discus.

Both Fitzgibbon and Fitzgerald are aiming for European Championships qualification – 57.40m for the javelin and 64m for the discus.

Fitzgibbon improved the Irish javelin record to 54.92m last summer, while Fitzgerald has a best of 53.01m for the discus.

ATHLONE RACE SET GO GREEN

Organisers of the SVP Paddy's Day Run in Athlone next Monday (10am) are asking everyone to cover themselves in green. That way, any remaining snakes in the midlands will take fright and slither for their lives!

On offer is a 10km run, as well as a more leisurely 5km suitable for all ages, with children and families welcome. Online entry at www.sportstiming.ie is €15 or €25 for families, with the start at the Athlone Institute of Technology.

FAMILIES WELCOMED TO RUN

Families of four can enter Sunday's Patrick's Festival 5km in Dublin (12 noon) for just €40 on the morning of the race.

Meanwhile, over 300 turned out for last Saturday's Urban Trail Series 8.5km/4.25km on a beautiful morning in St Anne's Park, Raheny. Daniel Morrogh won the 8.5km, beating Jack Maughan by a second. Cecile Ollagnier was first woman. Best of all were the healthy snacks at the end. Other races please copy!

MCELROY MAGIC IN MAYNOOTH

Ilona McElroy and Ray Hynes were the winners of the AIB/NUIM BHAA Cross-Country races in Maynooth. Next BHAA race is the unique floodlit cross-country 5km organised by the North County Famers at Malahide Rugby Club on Wednesday, March 26 (7.30pm).

BELFIELD BRACED FOR 5K RáS

Entry is open for the bilingual Rás UCD 5km in and around the Belfield campus on Saturday, April 5 (11am). Now in its fifth year, the race has developed a special atmosphere, with all proceeds going to UCD's Volunteers Overseas project. Expect plenty of funny costumes and some of the best post-race goodies around. Online entry fee is €10 for students, €15 for non-students.

O'SULLIVAN CONQUERS CORK

Maria O'Sullivan of Trinity and DCU's John Coghlan won the Irish University cross-country titles at Cork Institute of Technology.

Both were leading their teams to victory, with the Trinity women winning for a second year.


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