Indoors, the season moves into top gear with the Woodies' DIY Irish Masters in Athlone on Saturday, followed by the juniors and U23s on Sunday.
Athletes to watch for include U23 sprinters Phil Healy of Bandon and Sarah Lavin from Emerald, and DSD's Siofra Cleirigh Buttner in the junior 800m, along with Sarah McCarthy of Mid-Sutton in the long jump.
Last weekend, Rose-Anne Galligan ran a season opening 2:03.69 for 800m in Reykjavik, Iceland – just off the World Indoors standard of 2:03. At the Scottish Open in Glasgow, Irish winners were Kelly Proper of Ferrybank in the long jump with 6.26m and Raheny pole vaulter Zoe Brown with 4.10.
HAMILTON CRUISES TO VICTORY
Annadale's Paddy Hamilton ran away with the Tuam 8km with his time of 24 mins 21 secs putting him well over two minutes clear of a large field. Winning the women's race was GCH's Regina Casey in 30.00.
REDEMPTION FOR FITZPATRICK
Tomás Fitzpatrick of Tallaght won the Heath GAA 10km in Co Laois in a time of 31 mins 49 secs – his first victory since returning from surgery last summer. Orla Drumm of Crusaders was 12th overall and first woman in 36 mins 56 secs, with Tullamore's Pauline Curley second.
HOLLIE'S LATE DASH SEALS WIN
A last-minute sprint gave Hollie Geslon of Lakeshore Striders victory in the third women's Meet and Train Cross-Country hosted by Lucan Harriers in Griffeen Park. Finishing second was Donore's Karen Behan with Claire Ní Fhaircheallagh of Dunboyne third and Natalia Sokolowska of Sportsworld fourth.
MALONE SHINES IN FIRHOUSE
Ailish Malone was first woman and Kevin Maunsell first of the men at the Eircom BHAA Cross-Country held in Cherryfield Park Firhouse. Well over 200 turned out for the races, despite miserably wet conditions.
PERFECT COMEBACK FOR CLEARY
Donore veteran Barbara Cleary, back running after a long period of injury, not only ran the Marlay Parkrun last Saturday but won the race in a time of 17 mins 42 secs – a first for Irish parkruns? DSD junior Meghan Ryan finished third in a personal best 18 mins 9 secs, so there were two women in the top three. A new Parkrun starts in Clonakilty this weekend, with Naas and Ardgillan to follow.