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Mageean leads Juniors to Canada Kilmainham a welcome throwback Strong schools side going to Glasgow Secret out about super Guide Dogs run

Ciara Mageean leads a promising Irish team at the World Junior Championships which starts in Moncton, Canada today.

Last year, Mageean won the 1500m with a new record time of 4:15.46 at the European Youth Olympics in Finland. Christine McMahon of Ballymena and Antrim, who won silver in the 400m hurdles at the same event, is also competing in Canada.

Over the longer distances, John Travers of Donore will compete in the 5,000m after winning the junior 3,000m at the Woodie's DIY National Championships last Sunday. Competing in the steeplechase is DSD's Emmet Jennings. From St Coca's in Co Kildare. Paul Robinson competes in the 80m and 1,500m.

Also selected are Tim Crowe of Dooneen and Leevale's Patrick Maher, who both go in the 400m hurdles, Mark Patterson in the 800m and Darren McBrearty of Letterkenny in the 1,500m.

Kilmainham a welcome throwback

One of the big success stories of last year was the St James's Hospital Liberties 6.5k which gave runners a rare opportunity to run around Dublin's inner city.

With the Royal Hospital Kilmainham as race HQ and locals lining the streets to encourage the runners, the race recalled the early days of the running boom, when the annual Liberties Race was one of the highlights of the year.

This year's race is scheduled for next Thursday July 22 (7.45), with music and fun from Fossett's Circus and FM104 setting the tone from 6.30. Entry is €21 online at www.stjames.ie/funrun with all funds going to the St James's stroke service.

Strong schools side going to Glasgow

Off to Glasgow for the annual Schools International is a strong Irish team that will take on the best of England, Scotland and Wales.

Among those likely to pick up points are sprinters Patrick O'Connor of Coláiste Reachrainn in Dublin, Sarah Lavin of Castletroy and Ciara Giles Doran of Mercy Waterford.

Katie Kirk of Sullivan Upper in the 300m looks another good bet for a medal, as does Siofra Cléirigh-Buttner.

In the girls walk, Kate Veale has dominated for the past few years and is fresh from her first national senior title in Santry.

Philip Smith of Terenure College will be a strong contender in the 400m, while over 3,000m, the Irish team has two strong athletes in Andrew Monaghan and Stephen Attride.

In the field evens, Belvedere pair Caiman Dunne and Manaule Calvo-Gurry will hope to pick up points.

Secret out about super Guide Dogs run

One of the best kept secrets of the Irish running calendars is the annual Guide Dogs for the Blind 6k in the small village of Ballitore, less than half an hour from Newlands Cross in Dublin.

This year's 27th annual race on Friday July 23 (7.0) has a new look to it, with prizes going to the first five men and women across the line, plus to the top three men and women in age categories from over 35 to 65. There is also a medal for all finishers, plus the legendary refreshments and post race music.

Entry on the night costs €15 for adults, €10 for walkers (4k) -- children are free. Info Tommy Byrne 087-2492013.