Not just best of Britton
APART from Fionnuala Britton's great win, the Irish Celtic International teams produced some good results at the Edinburgh Cross-Country.
Sean Tobin of Clonmel won the men's U20 race and led the team to victory over Wales and Scotland.
Making up the team were Kevin Dooney, fifth, Jake O'Regan, seventh, and Ian Hartnet, 14th. Emmett Jennings' third place in the men's U23 race meant that Ireland took silver by one point from Wales.
In the women's races, Mary Mulhare of North Laois and West Waterford race walkers finished fourth and fifth U20, while Laura Shaughnessy was fourth in the U23 race, with Una Britton sixth.
GOLDEN SOKOLOWKSA: Two years ago, Natalia Sokolowksa (pictured) joined the Sportsworld Meet and Train group and ran her first ever race in Lucan. She finished 45th.
On Sunday, Sokolowksa won the third round of the Women's Meet and Train Winter League in Lucan's Griffeen Park, beating club-mate Caitriona Higgins who had made the early running.
A total of 98 women completed the sticky two-mile course with almost every club in Dublin represented -- many of them inspired to run by the Flora Women's Mini Marathon. Sportsworld hosts the next league round on Sunday, February 5 (11am) in Bushy Park.
HEHIR'S BLUE STAR: Proud Clareman Sean Hehir received the Leinster Star award for his adopted county of Dublin at the annual awards ceremony in Carlow.
Hehir has had an exceptional year, with victory in the Woodies DIY National Half Marathon in a personal best time of 65 mins 24 secs the highlight.
Ian Guiden of Clonliffe won the juvenile men's award for Dublin, with Siofra Cleirigh Buttner of DSD winner of the women's award.
FITZPATRICK TOP IN TYMON: Tomas Fitzpatrick led home a massive entry of 254 in the men's 4-mile race at the SDCC BHAA Cross-Country at Tymon Park.
Mick Clohisey (Spar) produced his best result in some time for second, with John Eave (UCD) third ahead of veteran Mark Hoey (Landscape Gardening).
In the women's race, Niamh Devlin (UCD) beat Catherine Devitt and Fiona Mahon. Another winner on the day was the BHAA's new chip timing system. Firhouse is the venue for the next BHAA fixture, organised by Eircom/Meteor, on Saturday, January 21.
BROWN'S HIGH AIMS: After her great season opener of 4.10m, Zoe Brown of Raheny Shamrock hopes to go even higher at Saturday's "Vault Manchester 2012".
Brown holds the Irish indoor record of 4.20m. She cleared 4.05m outdoors last summer.