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Friday 31 October 2014

Britton leads Antrim field

SATURDAY'S Antrim International Cross-Country in Greenmount sees the top three from the European Championships lining out in the women's 5.1km race.

Winner Fionnuala Britton takes on Ana Dulce Felix of Portugal and Adrienne Herzog of the Netherlands after a second victory over them both in Edinburgh last weekend. Herzog finished second in Edinburgh while Felix was fifth, just pipping Linda Byrne, who also runs in Antrim

Bernard Rotich looks the best of the Kenyan athletes running the men's 10km. British athletes Andy Vernon and Frank Tickner have also entered. The senior races double as Ulster and Northern Ireland Championships, with the programme beginning with juvenile races at 11.0.

McMahon on top at Tymon

A record number of almost 350 turned out for the South Dublin Cross-Country races in Tymon Park on a perfect day for running. Not surprising really - run for a couple of years and you quickly discover that the BHAA offer the best and most friendly races around. Winners were Brian McMahon and Caroline Crowley. Next race is at nearby Firhouse on Saturday, January 19.

Heffernan walks to glory

At the Munster Indoors in Nenagh, Robert Heffernan won the 5,000m walk in his best ever time for an opening run of the season.

Running a personal best for second place was Brendan Boyce, who is coached by Heffernan. Sean Tobin, who missed out of the European Cross-Country because of illness, produced the fastest time of the day in the 1,500m, while Kelly Proper, who was plagued with injury and illness last year, won the senior women's 60m and hopes to compete in the long jump at the AAI Games later this month.

Tarplee scores in Sheffield

Claire Tarplee of DSD won the women's 1,500m at the BMC Sheffield Indoors Open in a time of 4:19.31. Kristaps Valters of Clonliffe was third in the 800m in 1:55.02, with his clubmate Mark McDonald clocking a time of 4:02.38 for eighth in the 1,500m.

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