FORMER Irish marathon champions were out in force for the Airtricity Dublin Marathon.
MASTERS' FIVE-STAR DISPLAY
A small Irish team took five medals at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Brazil with Geraldine Finnegan from Dunleer the star of the team when she won the W45 heptathlon.
Taking silver in the W65 10000m was Evelyn McNelis of Naas who was also fourth in the 8000m and fifth in the cross-country.
Loughrea's Mary Barrett picked up bronze medals in the W55 heptathlon, shot and high jump, where Irish teammate Lucy Moore of DSD was fourth.
Donore's Anne Gormley of Donore finished eighth in the W45 5000m walk. Peter O'Sullivan was fifth M35 800m and Ernest Caffrey sixth M75 300m hurdles.
SMYTH SOARS IN DUNBOYNE
Rachel Smyth of St Coca's was a clear winner of the women's race at the Leinster Novice and Masters' Cross-Country in Dunboyne ahead of DSD's Grace O'Rourke and Ballyroan's Grace McConnell. Dublin champions Liffey Valley packed well to finish first team.
The men's novice race was closer as Eric Keogh of Donore just beating Karol Cronin of Sportsworld and Donore's Lee van Haeften. Crusaders was first team.
Winning the women's masters' race was Mary Laverty of North East Runners. Only 10 seconds split the top five in the masters' men's race, with John Fenlon of St Michael's edging out Rathfarnham's Shane O'Neill.
DUNCAN ON TOP OF RANKINGS
Despite the efforts of Maria McCambridge and Claire McCarthy in Dublin on Monday, Galway native Nicola Duncan tops the Irish marathon rankings for the year.
A week before Dublin, Duncan ran a personal best 2:36:44 to finish ninth in the Amsterdam Marathon.
Her time makes her eligible for the 2014 European championships and knocks a massive 13 minutes off her previous best of 2 hours 49 minutes.
BRITTON TO LEAD IRISH CHARGE
Kilcoole's Fionnuala Britton will lead a strong Irish squad at Sunday's Lotto Cross Cup in Antwerp, Belgium. Also picked on the women's team are Sara Treacy of Moynalvey, An Ríocht's Laura Crowe and Ann Marie Larkin of Lifford. Michael Mulhare of Portloaise, West Waterford's David McCarthy, MSB's John Coghlan and Leevale's Mark Hanrahan are in the men's team.
St Anne's Park Raheny is the venue for Sunday's Dublin Cross-Country Championships.