TALLAGHT'S Tomas Fitzpatrick and Kerry Harty of Newcastle were comfortable winners of the ERP Clonliffe Christmas Cracker 5km on the roads around Santry stadium.
Fitzpatrick led from the start, coming home well clear of Eddie McGinley of Annadale and Sligo's Emmett Dunleavy in 14 mins 42 secs.
Harty proved the class of the women's field finishing in 16 mins 50 secs, with Raheny's Elish Kelly and Teresa McGloin of Finn Valley in second and third places.
A feature of the race was the number of large groups from clubs including Drogheda and District, Crusaders, Raheny and host club Clonliffe.
Special well done to the juniors of Skerries Athletics Club, who produced some eye-catching runs.
Fionnuala leads family 1-2 in Wicklow
No rest for double European cross-country champion Fionualla Britton - she lined out for the Wicklow Cross-Country Championships on Sunday, winning the women's race from sister Una, who had also run for Ireland in Budapest.
McCann sets new record in Parkrun
Angela McCann from Clonmel set a new women's course record of 18 mins 17 secs when she turned up for last Saturday's Parkrun 5km in Malahide Castle. Moves are afoot for a second Dublin Parkrun - likely venue Marlay. See www.parkrun.ie.
Irish Runner yearbook is launched for Christmas
Just in time for Christmas is the Irish Runner Yearbook for 2013, with Fionnuala Britton and our golden girls from Budapest gracing the cover and a comprehensive review of the year within its packed pages.
An ideal stocking filler!
U23 Championships face date change in Athlone
With the new indoor arena at Athlone IT opening early in the New Year, a number of dates have changed.
The Masters and Junior/U23 Championships originally scheduled for January 19/20 now take place on February 9/10. In February, the Woodie's DIY Senior Indoors shift to February 16/17 to ensure TV coverage.