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o'neill shows class in glory

Brendan O'Neill and Fionnuala Britton led home an entry of over three and a half thousand people at the third annual Remembrance Run 5km in the Phoenix Park - a kind of All Souls' Day for runners and walkers.

Although there was no official timing for the run, O'Neill's time of 14 minutes 33 seconds put him comfortably ahead of the field and confirmed his status as favourite to win the Glo Health-sponsored National Intercounty Cross-Country Championships in Dundalk on Sunday, November 23.

Britton was also looking good - and behind her there was an encouraging run for DSD's Sarah Mulligan. She beat Ciara Durkan of Skerries in a reversal of the Dublin Cross-Country result a week earlier.

Also running well was Ann Marie McGlynn of Letterkenny, another strong contender for a place on the the Irish team at the European Cross-Country Championships next month in Bulgaria.

At the BHAA Bank of Ireland Cross-Country at the Alsaa a day earlier, Kevin Maunsell of Clonmel put in an impressive run to win the men's four mile race. Maunsell outsprinted Mullingar's Mark Christie to finish second behind O'Neill at the Autumn Open Cross-Country. He could be one to watch in Dundalk.

In Ballyclare, Irish Olympic triathlete Aileen Reid, wearing City of Derry colours, won the women's race at the McConnell Shield Cross-Country in Ballyclare, beating the veteran Cathy McCourt.

The men's five-mile race, attracted 168 starters, with Ryan McDermott of Annadale Striders, who is still under 23, putting down a marker when he won the race from East Down's Brendan Teer and Joe McAllister of St Malachy's.

On the American college circuit, Kevin Batt of DSD, who runs with Ad State, finished second at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships clocking


Another athlete in good form is Kevin Dooney of Raheny Shamrock, who was fifth overall and first for Yale at the Ivy League Championships in New Jersey ten days ago.

If even some of these can make it home for the European Championships, Ireland could have a very strong team in all age groups.

At intermediate level, Rachael Smyth of St Coca's was a clear winner of the Leinster women's intermediate cross-county title at Adamstown, Wexford.

Sharon Grant of Portlaoise was second while Niamh Donnelly in third place led Celtic DCH to the team victory over Liffey Valley.

Harry Lupton of Portlaoise was out on his own in the men's race, winning by over a minute. In a fierce battle for second place, Stephen Hunter from St Michael's just edged out James McAssey of St Laurence O'Toole's. Liffey Valley led by Damien Cauvet was first team; Sli Cualann was second and Donore third.