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Running shorts: Ryan climbs high in Mountain Running Championships

RYAN MOUNTAIN MAN: Mark Ryan of Rathfarnham WSAF led the Irish men to ninth place at the World Mountain Running Championships held in trying conditions in the Albanian capital of Tirana.

On a course well suited to road runners, Ryan finished 26th -- more than six minutes behind American winner Max King. Scotland-based Sarah McCormack was the first Irish women in 37th place, while the team finished 11th.

MATTHEWS FIRST IN BHAA RACE: Winner of the BHAA Grant Thornton 10km in Dublin's Firhouse was veteran Peter Matthews. The first woman home was Laura Shaughnessy of UCD.

In Bohermeen, Andrew Ledwith of Fr Murphy's continued his winning streak on the roads when he came home first at the Rennicks Cup 5-Mile. Ledwith's time of 25 minutes 1 second put him a minute clear of Raheny's Simon Ryan. Kerry Harty of Newcastle was the first woman.

VAN COMMENEE'S Belfast TRIP: Charles van Commenee, the tough-talking head coach of UK Athletics and the British Olympic squad, visits Belfast on Thursday, September 29, to talk to coaches and elite athletes.

The venue for the talk is the Ramada Hotel, Shaw's Bridge, Belfast (6.30pm). Info from vicki@niathletics.org. A few days earlier, on September 24, UUJ hosts the Athletics NI's annual annual coaching conference, with many coaches travelling from the south to attend.

go cork to cobh: A much favoured warm-up race for the Dublin Marathon is the annual BHAA Cork to Cobh 15-miler -- one of the few point-to-point races left on the calendar.

The entry fee for this year's race on Sunday, October 2, (9.30am) is €10 until September 23 or €20 on the day. Entry forms at www.corkbhaa.com and info from Kevin Cummins on 021 429 2509/087 914 4765.