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Tymon Park cross-country given Saturday go-ahead Mulhare to lead U23s up North Howth Hill race rescheduled 10k runners sign up in droves

With a more favourable forecast for the rest of this week, the South Dublin County Council cross-country races at Tymon Park have been re-scheduled for Saturday (12.0).

Women run two miles and men four, with registration and changing at St Jude's GAA club on Wellington Lane (behind Spawell). BHAA registration at €15 for the year will take place before the race or pay online at www.bhaa.ie using your credit card or PayPal account for a total cost of €15.89.

Newcomers are always welcome. Tymon Park is also the venue for the Dublin Master's Cross-Country on Sunday, which takes place a week later than planned and at a different venue. That means that the Women's Meet and Train Winter League race at Swords has been postponed. Visit www.womensmeetandtrain.blogspot.com.



New dates for cancelled races

Races forced to cancel in recent weeks are now being re-scheduled. In Co Galway, the Fields of Athenry 10k will now take place on Sunday January 24 (1.30). Kilmacow remains the venue for the re-scheduled Leinster Cross-Country Championships on Sunday, February 14. In Dublin, the Winter Hill Running League race at Howth has been re-fixed for Sunday (11.0) and the Westport 5k, already postponed twice, will take place on Sunday, February 7 (2.0). The latter is the final race in the 2009 Mayo AC Vodafone C&C Cellular Road Race League and the league's prizegiving will follow the event's finish.



Mulhare to lead U23s up North

Michael Mulhare of North Laois, who finished 18th in the men's U23 race at the European cross-country, will lead the Irish U23 men's team at the Antrim International in Greenmount on Saturday, January 23.

Selected for the women's U23 team are DSD pair Bryony Treston and Maria Walsh. Mary Mulhare, sister of Michael, will lead the junior women's team. A and B teams will run in both boys' and girls' U17 races. European champion Hayley Yelling, fourth -- and first European -- in Edinburgh last weekend, has confirmed her entry in the women's senior race.



Howth Hill race rescheduled

One of the races hit by the recent cold snap was Last Sunday's Howth Hill race, but the Winter Hill Running League has now provisionally re-fixed it for next Sunday. Hill runners are a hardy breed and, despite treacherous ice, 57 finished the annual Charles Barrington Memorial just after Christmas. The winner was former junior international Richie McCaley, who had more than two minutes to spare on veteran Paul Mahon, while Cormac Conroy was third. Orienteerer Conor Short was the first junior in sixth place, while Laura Flynn was best of the women and Kevin Grogan the first veteran.



10k runners sign up in droves

MORE than 1,000 runners, mostly from the UK, have already entered the Great Ireland Run 10k, which takes place in Dublin's Phoenix Park on Sunday, April 18. Because the race is commercially organised by British-based company Nova International, it has considerable clout, and this year will incorporate the National 10k Championships.

At €29 the entry fee is steep enough, but the organisers argue that you get more bang for your buck -- a technical T-shirt and goodie bag go to all who enter. Although the race tends to be dominated by overseas athletes, cash prizes will go to the first 10 Irish men and women. Participants can use the race to raise funds for charity. Also taking place is a children's fun run at an entry fee of €9. Online entry at www.greatirelandrun.org or call the race hotline on 1890 930 139.

Saturday -- CROSS-COUNTRY: (Re-scheduled) South Dublin County Council BHAA C-C, St Jude's GAA, Tymon Park, Wellington Lane, Templeogue, Dublin. Women's 2m, 12pm; men's 4m 12.30pm. C: 086 803 0474. INDOORS: AAI Junior Indoor Championships, Nenagh.

Sunday -- INDOORS: AAI Games, Nenagh, 1.0. CROSS-COUNTRY: Dublin Masters' Championships, Tymon Park, Dublin. Women's 4k, 1.0; men's 7k 1.30. Reg Faughs GAA Club. Women's Meet and Train Winter League Rd 3, Swords, 11.0. Registration at Fingallians GAA Club from 10.0. Entry €7. Munster Senior and Junior Championships and juvenile Inter County Relays (U10, 12, 14), Carraig na bhFear Co Cork, 12.0.

ROADS: Tuam 8k, 2.30. Entry €15. Quality socks (3 pairs) first 300 entries. Also junior fun run 1pm; entry €5 on day. C: www.runireland.com. HILLS: Winter League (re-scheduled), Howth (6.5k, 218m), 11.0. Registration GAA club. Annual IMRA membership €10; race entry €7 (or €10 and €5 for unwaged). C: www.imra.ie .

Tuesday -- TRACK: ALSAA Winter Track League, Round 4 (3000m), Alsaa Track, Dublin Airport, 7.30pm. Entry €4. C: Gerry Martin on 01 624 1742, Eugene Foley on 086 383 5695 or PJ Noonan on 01 831 5803.


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