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mageean shines for UCD: Ciara Mageean had a useful work-out at the Irish Universities Track and Field Championships in Athlone, winning both the 800m and 1,500m for UCD. Olympic high jumper Deirdre Ryan made a low-key appearance for DCU, winning the high jump, while Claire Bergin, a member of the Irish 4x400m squad, won the 400m.

In the women's discus, Clare Fitzgerald of UCD threw a very useful 51.22. John Coghlan of DCU won the 5,000m, while his team-mates Barry Pender and Chris Russell won the high jump and 400m respectively. Overall, DCU dominated with 233 points, UL were second on 161, while UCD, despite the trauma of losing their track this season, managed a battling third on 152 points.

ULTRA MAN DUFFY IN MINI: Ultra marathon man extraordinaire Gerry Duffy has signed up for the ARC Men's Mini Marathon 10km taking place on the upcoming bank holiday -- Monday, May 7 -- in Dublin's Phoenix Park (10am).

Duffy is appealing to runners of all standards to join him not only in helping ARC Cancer Support, but in encouraging men to keep fit and have regular check-ups. The fee is €22 or €30 on day; register online at www.arcchallenges.com or contact Mairead on 01 8307333.

'nure BUZZ BUILDING: There's a big buzz already around the Terenure 5 Mile on Sunday, May 13 (11am) -- a new name and a new look for the long-established Dublin 5-Mile Classic organised so successfully by the Sportsworld club for 27 years. A re-designed course, based in Terenure College, will take in two loops of the roads near Sportsworld's base at Bushy Park. Entry is €20 with a guaranteed minimum of €5 from each entry going directly to Special Olympics Eastern Region. Details www.terenure5mile.com

FENNELL'S SPRINT SURPRISE: Well-known marathon man and Irish masters team manager Mick Fennell has won a place in the Powerade-sponsored 100m race that will launch the London 2012 Stadium on May 3. Persuaded to line out in the 100m trial race in Santry, he had a tough time of it, pulling a hamstring after 10 metres, but still making the finish. That meant he was included in the draw for one of four places at the London race next month.

Joining him will be Evan Maguire from Galway, Anna McIlmoyle from Belfast and Dennis O'Sullivan from Cork.

MORRISON BIG IN JAPAN: Olympic triathlon hopeful Aileen Morrison finished second at the Ishigaki ITU World Cup in Japan. Morrison's strong swim put her in the leading group for the cycle and, despite a poor start to the run, a strong finish saw her finish second in 2hrs 5mins 58secs behind winner Kathy Tremblay.


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