ROSSITER MUCKS IN: Jayme Rossiter of Clonliffe won the men's title at the National Intermediate Cross-Country Championships in Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle. Defying the glue-like muck, Rossiter sprinted clear of Kilnaboy's Michael Shannon and Martin Quinn of Dunleer to take the title.
Laura Shaughnessy of Loughrea was a clear winner of the women's title -- a day after taking bronze in the 300m at the Irish Universities Indoors for UCD. Pauline Curley of Tullamore and Letterkenny's Ciaran Doherty won the masters races.
Mick Clohisey and Becky Woods were the winners at the BHAA NCF cross-country in Swords, while in Dunboyne, Siobhan Tierney of Tallaght won the Women's Meet and Train Cross-Country.
COST CUTTING WITH RACE BUS: With the cost of petrol rising all the time, runners are thinking hard before driving long distances to races. A great benefit of club membership is that driving is shared and buses hired. For Sunday's Winter League hill race at Annagh Hill in Co Wexford, for instance, a bus will leave Sandymount Luas at 9.30am. Tickets costs €9 - much cheaper than bringing the car. See www.imra.ie.
DSD JUNIOR GIRLS TAKE EURO BRONZE: Dundrum South Dublin's junior women finished third team at the European Clubs Cross-Country in Spain, with Siofra Cléirigh-Buttner leading the team home in sixth place, closely followed by Clare McCarthy in 12th. In the women's senior race, marathon specialist Linda Byrne finished 11th, with the team fifth.
The senior men's team suffered from the last-minute loss of national champion Joe Sweeney, who had not recovered from a tough race in San Sebastian a week earlier.
Killian Mooney was best of the junior boys in 36th. This was the first time a single club had represented Ireland in all four races.
UCD'S EVERARD BREAKS 800m RECORD: Ciara Everard of UCD broke the Irish U23 indoor record when she won the 800m at the Irish University Indoor Championships in Nenagh. Everard's time of 2:05.76 knocked 0.14 of a second off Sonia O'Sullivan's 2:05.90 set in Boston 22 years ago.
After Laura Crowe made the early pace, Everard broke free with 40 metres to go to take the title.
Everard had just returned from a four-week altitude training camp in South Africa. She and Crowe will meet again at the National Indoors in Belfast.
HOOPER HAS THE SCOOPS ON DUBLIN CITY FM: Hear all the latest on athletics with Inside Sport hosted by Dave Hooper on Dublin City FM every Tuesday (7-7.30pm). Linda Byrne, Joe Sweeney and Fionnula Britton have all been guests on the show. See www.dublincityfm.ie.