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KENNEALLY AND BYRNE BEST IN PARK: Clonliffe's Mark Kenneally (pictured below) and Linda Byrne of DSD won the Woodie's DIY National 10K titles in Dublin's Phoenix Park.

Kenneally came home ahead of Tallaght's Tom Fitzpatrick and Barry Minnock of Rathfarnhnham. Starting with the main pack was Andrew Ledwith of Fr Murphy's, who was third fastest Irishman on the day. Winning the international Spar Great Ireland Run were Ethiopia's Kenenise Bekele and Gemma Steel of Great Britain. The evergreen Catherina McKiernan finished in 35 minutes 30 seconds.

JENNINGS JOINS 'A' LIST: Caitriona Jennings became the fourth woman to make the Olympic 'A' standard for the marathon when she ran 2 hours 36 minutes 17 seconds at Rotterdam. That puts her third on the list of qualifiers -- ahead of Maria McCambridge, who opted to run a few weeks earlier in Rome to give her more time to recover for London. The final decision will lie with Athletics Ireland's high performance director Kevin Ankrom.

Also in Rotterdam, Clonliffe's Sergiu Ciobanu finished 13th of the men in 2:15.27 -- only 25 seconds off the men's 'A' standard. No joy either for Tallaght's Sean Connolly who ran 2:16.42 and Gary Thornton of GCH with 2:17.27.

HEFFERNAN DOUBLE: Marian Andrews Heffernan of Togher, a member of the Irish 4x400m squad aiming for London 2012, had a useful work-out at the Leevale Open Sports in Cork when she won both 200m and 400m.

In the 1500m, UCC's Orla Drumm ran 4:18.48 to beat Ciara Mageean of City of Lisburn. Of the men, David Hynes of Menapians won the 100m in 10.63, beating SLOT's Marcus Lawler in 10.75. The same pair finished first and second in the 200m.

ACTION RELAY: On Sunday, clubs from all over the country do battle in the Woodie's DIY National Road Relays in Raheny, Dublin (2.0), with ferocious competition expected. Last year, only 22 seconds separated the top four teams in the men's race with host club Raheny coming out on top ahead of DSD, Letterkenny and Tallaght. Kilcoole beat Raheny and Clonliffe in an equally tight women's race.

DOHERTY GOING RETRO: Garrett Doherty, a Dublin-based bicycle rickshaw operator, will attempt to break the world retro-running record of 1 hour 40 minutes 29 seconds at Sunday's Wexford Half Marathon. Retro Running is a posh name for running backwards. Garret took silver in the 200m and 10K at the World Retro Running Championships.


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