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Jennings' Mission on course: Caitriona Jennings of Sportsworld finished fourth overall at the Cara Bundoran 10-Mile Challenge, with Breege Connolly of North Belfast eighth. Overall winner was Letterkenny's Patrick Brennan. Jennings, a member of the Marathon Mission, runs in the Rotterdam Marathon on April 15.

National cross-country champion Eddie McGinley travelled to Birmingham last weekend where he finished 18th in the McCain Intercounties Cross-Country. McGinley's time of 36 minutes 28 seconds put him 90 seconds behind winner Keith Gerrard.

Espana to battle Bekele in the Park: Last year's winner, Jesus Espana from Spain, has again signed up for the Great Ireland Run 10km in the Phoenix Park on Sunday, April 15. He will take on, among others, Ethiopia's multiple world champion Kenenisa Bekele. Irish athletes likely to run include Mark Kenneally, Linda Byrne and Ava Hutchinson. The race incorporates the Irish 10km Championships, with a special entry fee on offer for club runners, who will start in the elite corral.

Clohisey conquers Alsaa: Mick Clohisey beat Mark Quinn to win the men's 5-mile race at the annual Dublin Airport BHAA Cross-County at the Alsaa. Sonya O'Connell was a clear winner of the women's race. The BHAA winter season concludes with next Wednesday's NCF Floodlit 5km cross-country at Malahide rugby club -- one of only two such races in the country. The spring season begins with the Dublin City Council Road Races in St Anne's Park, Raheny, on Saturday, March 31.

Paddy's Day 5k in Portlaoise: Want to get away for St Patrick's Day? In Portlaoise, the Streets of Portlaoise 5km (11.30am) has €200 in cash for the winners, plus plenty of goodies for the also-rans and a kilometre fun run for the kiddies. The annual Fr Murphy 5-Mile in Kildalkey, Co Meath, offers a scenic rural route and a friendly welcome for everyone. Entry is €15 on the day with prizes in the usual individual and team categories.