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Waterford in a different league

ATHLETICS: If you happen to be in Waterford on a Thursday evening, head for the Regional Sports Centre on the Cork road, where the annual Winter League welcomes runners of all standards.

Last week's opening round attracted almost 500, with 274 running the five-mile route and 190 opting for the shorter 2.5 mile run.

Also still going strong, and attracting numbers Dublin clubs can only dream of, is the West Waterford Winter League in Dungarvan and the Clonmel Fit for Life League, both on Wednesdays. In Dublin, the only similar leagues are organised by Raheny Shamrock on Wednesdays.

Costello rules in Remembrance

Star of the Sea's Colin Costello just edged out Leevale's Bryan Keane to win the inaugural Remembrance Run 5km on a perfect autumn day in Dublin's Phoenix Park. Raheny's Cillian O'Leary was third.

First of the women was Catherina McKiernan, with Una Britton of Kilcoole second and Alvy Carragher third. More than 1,000 took part. The evergreen Gerry Ryan of Craughwell was a clear winner of the men's 10km at the annual Hollymount Road Races in Co Mayo. Leevale's Lizzie Lee was first in the women's 3km.

Ide marches to Dunboyne titles

Ide Mac Dhomhnaill not only won the Leinster Inter Cross-Country at Dunboyne, but led Donore to team victory, helped by twin sister Sorcha, who was sixth. Liam Brady of Tullamore Harriers was a clear winner of the men's race, with Dunboyne's Luke Forde second. Brian Kelly in third place led St Abban's to team victory.

Mullingar Harriers won all 10 team titles at the Leinster Juvenile Uneven Ages held at the same venue.

At the Dublin Uneven Ages in Marlay, Siofra Cléirigh-Buttner of DSD won the W19 race ahead of club-mates Clare McCarthy and Sarah Miles. Killian Mooney, also DSD, was first M19 with DSD winning six team titles.

Warne and Delvin are Strand hits

At the Bank of Ireland BHAA Beach 6km at Dollymount Strand, Joe Warne and Niamh Devlin recorded solid wins, with a number of new companies featuring in the team results. Next up for the BHAA is a new race -- the Irish Life 6km combined cross-country at Santry on Saturday, November 24 (11.0am).

McSwiggan scoops Malahide 5k

Michael McSwiggan and Rachael Beck had the honour of leading 159 men and women home at the first Parkrun 5km in this country held at Malahide Castle. More than 400 have registered for this run, which will continue every Saturday at 9.30am and costs nothing. Future venues in the Dublin area could include Marlay, Corkagh and Tymon.