Ryan on 10-mile Mission: Down south, the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Mile Road Race takes place on Sunday, having reached its 1,500 limit a few weeks ago. Last year's winner Mareks Floroseks of Latvia set the current men's record of 49 minutes 26 seconds when he beat Clonliffe's Sergui Ciobanu. Women's winner was Siobhan O'Doherty in a record of 56.28.
Among those chasing this year's €400 winner's prize, plus €250 course record bonus, are Maria McCambridge, Rosie Ryan and Caitriona Jennings of the Marathon Mission, along with Alan O'Shea and Clonliffe pair Brian McMahon and Gary O'Hanlon. Wearing No1 will be John Treacy, now in the over-50 category.
Conway brings Howth down: Rathfarnham veteran Turlough Conway led home a stunning entry of 288 at the Howth hill race -- a 5km loop around the Dublin landmark.
Women's winner was Alvy Carragher from Nenagh. Next round in hill running's Winter League is a much tougher 10km around the rocky trails of Ticknock on Saturday (11am).
Wilson way two good: Because of their great value and impeccable organisation, BHAA races in Dublin are again attracting big numbers, with 349 finishing the Eircom Cross-Country races in Firhouse. Jean Wilson of TCD won the women's two-mile race by a clear margin from Mary Scully and Adrienne Jordan. In the men's five-mile race, Mary Hoey just got the better of Tommy Evans with Sam Mealy third, and Noel Kelly in seventh place, the first of the masters.
Anne bosses award: Anne Keenan-Buckley, manager of the Irish cross-country team, is the deserved winner of the Philips Sports Manager of the Month award for December following Fionnuala Britton's great win at the European Championships. As an athlete Keenan-Buckley won European team silver in 2003, having competed at the Olympic Games as far back as 1988. On moving into the veteran ranks, she won the British and Irish masters cross-country title a record five times.
Bergin lays marker: With the Woodie's DIY Irish Indoors less than a fortnight away, Claire Bergin of DSD, part of the 4x400m relay squad aiming for London 2012, set down a marker by winning the 400m in 55.34 at the Woodie's DIY Indoor Games in Nenagh. In the long jump, Mary McLoone of Tir Chonaill beat Ferrybank's Kelly Proper, jumping 6.13m. At the Junior Indoors, Greg O'Shea of Dooneen pipped Clonliffe's Patrick O'Connor and Keith Pike to win the 60m sprint in 6.9secs.