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Mangan racks up 30,000 miles

IN the Australian outback, world jogger Tony Mangan clocked up his 30,000th mile on the road from Alice Springs to Tennent's Creek.

Mangan is about 600 miles from Darwin and from there, will fly to East Timor to begin running across Asia. He aims to hit the Chinese border by the end of October – exactly a year before he's due back in Ireland for the 2014 Dublin Marathon. Only 20,000 miles to go!


Special offer for Terenure 5 Mile

Get five of your friends to join you at the Terenure 5 Mile on Sunday, May 19 (11am), and all six of you could avail of a special €18 entry fee. Schools can enter groups of 10 for €120. Thanks to sponsors Zurich Insurance, all surplus money from the race will go to the Jack and Jill Foundation. Enter at www.terenure5-mile.com.


Darkness race to Light up Pieta

Starting at 4am and crossing the line as dawn breaks on Saturday is the fifth annual Darkness into Light, the annual 5km for Pieta House. Among the venues all over the country are Phoenix Park (Papal Cross) and Newbridge House in Dublin as well as Naas Racecourse, Navan RFC and Arklow town. Full list at dil.pieta.ie; or Marie on 01-6282111.


Tarplee takes universities crown

At the British Universities Championships in Bedford, DSD's Claire Tarplee won the 800m. Next up for Tarplee is the European Clubs Championships in Spain, where Maria McCambridge will turn out for DSD. At the St Abban's Open Sports, Raheny junior Mieke Kiernan set a personal best of 40.63m in the women's hammer.


Warne wins Le Cheile in Leixlip

Joe Warne had a good win over Star of the Sea's Eoin Callaghan in the Le Cheile 5km in Leixlip. Best of the women was Dunboyne veteran Karen O'Hanlon. Next up in the area is Sunday's annual Lucan 5km (12.0) from the Newcastle road (opposite Superquinn).


Dubs duo set for Youth Olympics

Shot-putter Fiona Tuite of Fingallians and 1,500m runner Nadia Power, from Templeogue, made the qualifying marks for the European Youth Olympics at last Wednesday's Dublin Graded League.

Race of the day was the men's 3,000m, with Andrew Connick from Waterford breaking away early but caught by Emmett Jennings (DSD) with 700m to go. In the sprint for the line, Connick got there first in 8:33.6 with Jennings second in 8:34.5. Next Graded Meet is on Wednesday, May 15, in Santry and includes a 10,000m.