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Sergiu chases double success in Ballycotton

Sergiu Ciobanu, fresh from his second place in the Woodie's DIY Inter-clubs, will be hoping to make it two wins in a row when he goes to the line for Sunday's Ballycotton '10', a race that has attracted over 3,600 entries.

The Moldovan clocked 49:36 last year, 22 seconds ahead of Alan O'Shea, but it is unclear if the Corkman will be in the line-up this time as he is recovering from the flu.

Paddy Hamilton from Annadale, second in both the Dungarvan 10-miler and Adare 10km to Sean Hehir, will probably be Ciobanu's main challenger.

Cork native Cillian O'Leary, sixth at Santry, leads a strong Raheny squad, who will be hoping to retain the team title they relinquished last year to East Cork.

Maria McCambridge and Lizzie Lee, first and second in Dungarvan, renew rivalry in a very strong women's field.

• There were over 500 finishers in Saturday's Ras UCD 5k which was won by Clonliffe Harriers runner Mark McDonald in 15:46, with Thomas Moran (UCD) second in 15:50 and Chris Kelly (Donore Harriers) third in 16:02. Laura behan of Kilkenny City Harriers won the women's race in 17:40 from Mary Ann Sullivan (Tinryland AC) in 17:58.

Irish Independent