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¤650 on offer in Dunboyne: All roads lead to Co Meath on Sunday for the EirGrid Dunboyne 4-mile Road Race (3pm), with Clonliffe's Mark Kenneally and Kerry Harty of Newcastle AC likely to lead an elite entry chasing the €400 on offer to the winning man and women, along with a €250 course record bonus (under 18.09 for men and 20.20 for women).

CIVIL FIVE: Civil Service Harriers have picked five athletes for the funding scheme they operate from the profits of the annual Frank Duffy 10-Mile Road race, which is part of the Dublin Marathon Series. The five are: promising cross-country athlete Laura Behan (KCK Waterford), 800m specialist Ciara Everard (UCD), high jumper Barry Pender (St Abban's), middle distance athlete Danny Mooney (Letterkenny) and sprinter Steph Creaner (Celtic/DCH).

FITZGIBBON CLOSE TO PB: Irish women's javelin champion Anita Fitzgibbon of DSD opened her season with a throw of 46.45m at the winter throws meet in Bar, Montenegro. Fitzgibbon threw a personal best 47.09m to win the national title at Santry last August. Meanwhile, Paul Fleming of Rathfarnham WSAF won the M35 1,500m at the British Masters Indoors in Lee Valley.

PADDY'S DAY SHOCKS: Surprise winners of the St Patrick's Festival 5km in Dublin city centre were Gareth Turnbull of St Malachy's and Sarah Treacy of Moynalvey. Turnbull caught early leader Tomas Fitzpatrick of Tallaght in the final kilometre. The race, organised impeccably by MSB, was well supported by club runners.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Bohermeen's Darragh Rennicks and Emilia Dan of Dunboyne were the winners at the Fr Murphy's 5-mile in Co Meath. Darragh's father Colm won the same race 40 years ago.

curley hat-trick: Barry Minnock of Rathfarnham WSAF beat Michael Shannon by just two seconds for victory in the Craughwell 10-Mile in Co Galway. Making it a hat-trick of victories in the women's race was Tullamore veteran Pauline Curley, who had also won the Streets of Portlaoise 5km a day earlier.

Düsseldorf calling: Fancy running the Düsseldorf Marathon on April 29 as a solo runner or as part of a four-person relay team? The Irish Business Network (IBN) in Germany is hoping to enter an Irish team of 40 runners. For info email Paul Cahill at paul.cahill@irishbusinessnetwork.de