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Quinn cleans up at Castleknock!

Races in Dublin are like buses -- one weekend you have none, and then, like last week, three come along, all deserving of attention.

The first of these was a BHAA cross-country race, organised by the teachers group at Castleknock College.

Over the years, this race has gone from strength to strength as an ideal introduction to cross-country.

Martin Quinn of Tesco came home a clear winner of the men's four-mile race, with DCU's Darragh Green almost half a minute behind for second and Phil Kilgannon of Mistycroft third.

Best of the masters was Declan Power, closely followed by Paul Cowhie, who was first over 45.

In the women's two-mile race, Lorraine Manning of Garda just got the better of Kate O'Neill, with Donna Mahon of Wheelworx third.

Making it a good day for the primary teachers' team were Fiona Mahon and Cindy Hickey, who were fourth and fifth.

Helen White in seventh place and first over 45 was first master. A number of women also ran the longer men's race, with Orla O'Mahoney first home.

Just down the road in the Phoenix Park, the Simon charity was holding its annual charity race, which was shortened to a tough 5km because of ongoing roadworks on the park's main road.

First home was Rathfarnham's Ronan Kearns in 16 minutes 33 seconds. Raheny veteran Eoin Brady was second, with his wife, Annette Kealy, a regular at this race, was first woman. More than 1,300 took part in the run.

A day later, Tallaght organised their first ever five-mile run from their Greenhills Road base. The club put on a great show.

Rathfarnham's Sean Hehir led from the start, winning in 24:53, with Gary O'Hanlon of Clonliffe a fighting second. Paul Fleming of Rathfarnham just got the better of Kenneth Rodgers for thirdplace. Aoife Culhane of DSD was the class of the field in the women's race, finishing in 28:37. Sportsworld master Lucy Darcy just beat Ann Marie Woods of Raheny for second place. So what can we look forward to this weekend in Dublin? Nothing! What did we say? Just like the buses!