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Steede makes light work of the snow

MAKING light of the epic conditions at the Wicklow Way 51km ultra was Jonny Steede, an experienced mountain runner from Ballymena now turning to the longer distances.

Steede had an eight-minute lead by the time he reached the turnaround and when he finished in 4 hours 14 minutes 55 seconds, was 19 minutes ahead of Eagle's Paul Tierney who suffered severely cut shins in the freezing snow.

In a Northern Ireland double, Denise Mathers of Newry Harriers was first woman, just two minutes ahead of Hannah Shields from City of Derry. Ian Conroy of Raheny Shamrock and Suzanne Moore were the winners of the shorter 26km trail race. Quote of the day: "Sure some people pay €1,000 to run a marathon at the North Pole!"


Double gold for Gough in Euro Masters

Joe Gough of West Waterford struck gold at the European Masters Indoor Championships in San Sebastian, Spain, winning both M60 800m and 1500m. Gough won the 800m comfortably in 2:14.45 to break his own newly minted European record.

He then proved the class of the field in the 1500m final, crossing the line in 4:47.00. Ireland took 11 medals, four of them gold.

In the W55 high jump, DSD's Lucy Moore-Fox dedicated her silver medal to her husband Nigel who died last week. To Lucy, her family and her many friends in athletics goes our deepest sympathy.

On a bitterly cold day in Co Meath, John Coghlan and Maria McCambridge were the winners at the Eirgrid Dunboyne 4-mile, leading home an entry of over 1,000.

In the men's race, the in-form Coghlan beat Michael Mulhare of Portlaoise comfortably.

McCambridge, who runs the Rotterdam Marathon in three weeks time, won the women's race by 19 seconds from Fiona Roche of Raheny.


Raheny dominate Craughwell 10-mile

Raheny's Mick Clohisey travelled west to win the Craughwell 10-mile in 51 mins 16 secs, pulling over a minute clear of his chasers, led by Michael Shannon.

In a Raheny double, Elish Kelly was first woman and also seventh overall in 57 mins 44 secs. Just two places behind was Barbara Sanchez, also Raheny, with Pauline Curley third.


Register now for the Ras UCD 5km

Sign up now for the Ras UCD 5km, taking place in Belfield, Dublin on Saturday, April 6 (11.0am). Last year's Ras raised €7,000 for UCD's Overseas Volunteers and their work in the developing world.

Everyone who finishes gets a T-shirt and goodie bag, and can enjoy a truly unique atmosphere with the race commentary 'as Gaeilge'. See www.ucd.ie/rasucd/en/