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Mulligan claims first senior title

International mountain runner Sarah Mulligan of DSD beat arch rival Aoife Talty of Raheny to take her first women's senior title at the Dublin Cross-Country Championships on a balmy day in St Anne's Park, Raheny.

The pair were locked together for much of the race before Mulligan pulled away to win by four seconds. Clonliffe took the team medals by a single point from host club Raheny.

Equally close was the men's 10km race, where John Travers of Donore tracked Belfast man Stephen Scullion, who runs for Clonliffe, for much of the race before moving decisively to the front. Clonliffe took team gold ahead of Raheny and Donore. Junior winners were Mitchell Byrne of Rathfarnham WSAF and Isabelle Odlum of DSD, with DSD clear winners of both team titles.

In Meath, Darragh Rennicks of Bohermeen and Dunshaughlin's Fiona Mahon were the senior winners, with Dunshaughlin making it a team double.



In less than 51 weeks time, ultra runner extraordinaire Tony Mangan will complete his World Jog at the 2014 Dublin Marathon. Mangan began his massive effort at the 2000 Dublin Marathon and has already run the Americas, North and South, and Australasia. He's currently in Asia and heading for India via Myanmar (Burma) after failing to get a visa for China. Keep up to date with his adventures at www.theworldjog.com.



Last call for Sunday's Remembrance Run in Dublin's Phoenix Park (11am), when runners and walkers of all standards are invited to sign up in memory of a loved one and, if they wish, to raise a few euro for a favourite charity. All who finish will get a special candle of remembrance, along with a goodie bag and certificate. Families are particularly welcome.



After all the drama of the marathon, the BHAA winter season continues with a new-look Bank of Ireland fixture at Alsaa on Saturday. For the past few years, the races have taken place on Dollymount Strand, but it now returns to its cross-country roots. Entry for BHAA members is just €10, and the good news is that if you register for the BHAA before Saturday, you'll be paid up for the whole of 2014.



For more than 30 years, the GOAL Mile has been part of the Christmas ritual for anyone involved in sport. Now GOAL is looking for clubs to organise their own GOAL Mile around Christmas Day this year. All funds go towards the charity's effort to help the poorest of the poor in the world's developing nations. Interested? Contact Cathy at 01-2809799 or e-mail: cbrooks@goal.ie.