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O'Reilly lands novice prize

Running Shorts: Leona O'Reilly of Liffey Valley won the women's title at the Dublin Novice Cross-Country event in Phoenix Park.

Of a breakaway group of four, only MSB's Emma Donlon, a mountain runner taking part in her first cross-country race, attempted to stay with her.

Aoife Rickard of host club Donore was third, while Sportsworld, led home by Ruth Kelly in fourth, took the team title ahead of Liffey Valley.

In the men's 6.7km race, Jayme Rossiter took first place and led Clonliffe Harriers to team victory. Donore's David Heffernan finished second with Conor McGuinness of Clonliffe third. Donore finished second in the team standings.

TIME TO TEACH IN 'KNOCK: The Business Houses Athletics Association will welcome members old and new to Saturday's Teachers' Cross-Country race around the grounds of Castleknock College. Other dates for the diary include November 19, when the Bank of Ireland Beach 6km will take place on Dollymount Strand, and December 11, the date of the Data Solutions Santa Dash in Marlay Park.

FIRST FIVE MILE FOR TALLAGHT: Since they opened their new synthetic track at Greenhills Road, Tallaght Athletics Club has been kept busy, but they have still found time to organise their first five-mile road race next Sunday (10.30am). It takes in a 2.5-mile loop around the area. Late entries at €20 on the morning.

BURKE BEST IN McDONNELL: A healthy crowd of 281 turned out for the Liz McDonnell 5km at Castletown, Celbridge, with local runners taking most of the prizes. First home was Conor Burke in 16 minutes 52 seconds, followed by Patrick Roche and Kevin Kelly. Sisters Sinead and Niamh O'Connor were the first two women.

RUN IN THE DARK FOR MARK: Although he lost his sight at the age of 22, Mark Pollack has led an extraordinary life.

He competed for the Northern Irish rowing team at the Commonwealth Games, and then carved out a career as one of Ireland's best-known adventurers.

In July 2010, Mark accidentally fell from a second-floor window, leaving him paralysed from the waist down. But he's now fighting back and is determined to live a full life and maybe walk again.

To help him on his way, runners and walkers can 'Run in the Dark for Mark' on Wednesday, November 16. The runs, organised by Mark's friends, will take place in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast. Full details at www.run4mark.org.

DOODY RUNS RACE OF HIS LIFE: Martin Doody, from Limerick, won the Sports Supplies BHAA Cork to Cobh 15-miler. Although well off the record, Doody's time of 80 minutes 42 seconds put him over four minutes clear of the veteran Cathal O'Connell from UCD in second. Angela McCann was the first woman home in 95:01.