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Super Sergiu conquers Clonliffe

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Clonliffe's Sergiu Ciobanu was the class of the field at the Terenure 5-Mile, winning by some margin from his Clonliffe team-mate Gary O'Hanlon in a time of 24 minutes 37 seconds. Third was young Kilkenny athlete Thomas Hayes.

The women's race was dominated by Maria McCambridge, still aiming to qualify for the World Championships later this summer. She's still recovering from a DNF at the Rotterdam Marathon and was happy to come close to her target time of 27 minutes. Second woman was Orla Drumm of Crusaders, while third was DSD's Sarah Mulligan. It was a brilliantly organised race from Sportsworld, with more than 1,200 finishing and big plans for the 30th anniversary next year. Watch this space!

Also on the roads, Brian Maher of Kilkenny breezed to an easy win at the Stoneyford 10km in 32:14, while Leevale's Lizzie Lee was eighth overall and first woman at the Emer Casey 10km in Youghal. At the Maynooth 10km, UCD's David Campbell won in 32:04.

GET SET FOR A STRAWBERRY SUNDAY

Promising the usual fun day out in Enniscorthy is the annual Strawberry Half Marathon which takes place on Sunday (10.0) – a month earlier than in previous years. Online entry closes at midday on Friday and all who finish get a quality T-shirt, a medal, tea and sandwiches and the chance of winning one of the numerous prizes on offer.

Winners get a generous €300 plus a further €200 if they break the course record. Also on offer is a 5-mile run (11.0) and a 15km walk on the scenic car-free roads around the town. See www.strawberryhalfmarathon.com or call Jane Porter at 087 6799490.

THISTLEWOOD SPOT ON IN CHEETAH

Ben Thistlewood led home more than 700 participants at the Cheetah Run in Fota Park, Cork, where the monkeys as well as the cheetahs roared on the runners and the ostriches and zebras decided to run along beside them!

BUSINESS AS USUAL IN DUNBOYNE

BHAA running resumes next Tuesday with the popular Government Service 5-Mile road race in Dunboyne (8.0). On offer is a relatively quiet spin around the roads (taking in three counties) followed by the usual hot cuppa and lots of goodies. See www.bhaa.ie.

MAKE THE RUNNING AT PHOENIX

The Phoenix Park is the venue tonight for the final Women's Meet and Train race over four miles (7.45pm). An ideal opportunity to get a runner's time for the women's mini marathon!


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