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Saturday 16 December 2017

Running shorts: Brady leads Ireland home

Liam Brady, Ireland, during the Mens Senior race at the IAAF Antrim International Cross Country. Greenmount College, Co. Antrim
Liam Brady, Ireland, during the Mens Senior race at the IAAF Antrim International Cross Country. Greenmount College, Co. Antrim

AT the Antrim International held around the Greenmount campus, Mullingar’s Liam Brady finished 14th in a senior men’s race dominated by African athletes with Thomas Ayekoe of Uganda retaining the title he had won a year earlier. 

Brady was part of an Irish development team;  with John Eves of DSD finishing 22nd,  and Bohermeen’s Darragh Rennicks 23rd. The team ended up in fourth place.

In the women’s junior race, Hope Saunders of Clonliffe finished eighth. Behind her in 18th place was Rhona Pierce who, a week earlier, had beaten her for the senior girls’ title at the All-Ireland Schools’ Championships. The team finished fifth with England the victors.

Ultra draws big numbers

IN a busy weekend for off-road running, entry has long since closed for both the 52km and 26Km options at Saturday’s Wicklow Way Ultra and Trail, starting from Glencullen.

Winners of the Ultra last year were Justin Maxwell in a record 4 hours 12 minutes and Donna McLoughlin  in 5 hours 26 minutes. 

A day later, the Dublin Urban Trail 4km and 8km in St Anne’s Park, Raheny (10.0) offers a more gentle off-road challenge on a clever route through the park.

Later that morning, Bull Island is the venue for a Leinster Orienteering event (11.0).

Run for your healthy heart

A NEW race on the calendar is the Healthy Heart 10km/5km taking place in the Phoenix Park, Dublin,  on Good Friday April 3 (11.0).

Entry is €20 for the 5km and €25 for the 10km. A  t-shirt will go to anyone who raises €50 for the Irish Heart Foundation at www.mycharity.ie.

See www.healthyheartrun.ie.

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