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Rás UCD fees to fund charity efforts

Entry is already open for this year's Rás UCD 5km on Saturday April 6 (12 noon).

All entry fees go to UCD Volunteers Overseas (UCDVO) projects which sees around 100 students spending their summers working in developing countries. Last year, almost 600 participants in the Rás helped raise over €7,000 for UCDVO. Online registration is only €10 for students and €15 for members of the public and offers exceptional value with T-shirts and goody bags for all who pre-enter. See www.ucd.ie/rasucd or www.runireland.com/active/enter-online.


Danaher is best of Irish in Drogheda

At Rás na héireann in Drogheda, American visitors, led by Brendan Gregg and Ethan Shaw, took the top four places in the men's race, with Alan Danaher of Rathfarnham WSAF in fifth place the first of the locals. In the women's open race, Kate O'Neill of MSB finished finished second behind American visitor Mary Kate Champagne.


Cullen sets Armagh 3km course record

A few days earlier, at the Armagh International Road Races, Mary Cullen from Sligo continued to impress when she set a new course record of 9:07.88 for the women's 3km. DSD's Ava Hutchinson was second. In a closely fought men's 5km race, American visitor Ethan Shaw came home first ahead of Richard Weir from Derby and Annadale's Paul Pollock.


Malone wins BHAA cross-country race

Ailish Malone and Cillian O'Leary were the winners at the Garda BHAA Cross-Country in Dublin's Phoenix Park. Malone beat Laura Shaughnessy of UCD in the women's 2-mile, while in the men's 4-mile, O'Leary got the better of Sam Mealy and Bernard Roe. Next up on the BHAA calendar is Saturday's Dublin Airport Cross-Country.


Malahide 5km attracts massive entry

Despite the clash with the BHAA race and a charity race in Skerries, the Parkrun 5km in Malahide still attracted a massive entry of 326 last Saturday, with Ciaran McCarthy and Angela McCann the first man and woman home. Entry (free) is now open for a second Parkrun in the Dublin area; this time on the southside in Marlay Park. First run takes place on Saturday March 9; register at www.parkrun.ie/marlay/


Minnock triumphs in 50km battle

Marathon Mission member Barry Minnock of Rathfarnham WSAF won the Donadea 50km with a time of 3 hrs 5 mins 2 secs, with Mayo ultra man John Byrne running strongly for second place in 3:07.40. At the Mount Juliet 10km, Barbara Sanchez of Raheny Shamrock was fourth overall and first woman; Tom Hogan (SBR) won the half marathon.