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Road Relay records for UCD women

Winners UCD women set a new women's record at the rish University Road Relay at NUI Maynooth.

Record 'splits' for Ciara Everard and Ciara Mageean were followed by strong runs from Ellie Hartnett and Aislinn Crossey.

In a thrilling men's race, Cormac Kelly snatched victory for DCU on the final mile leg after a decisive three-mile leg by David McCarthy saw DCU catch early leaders Athlone. UCD finished third.

Fitzgerald first in Meet & Train

Niamh Fitzgerald (pictured) of Lucan Harriers won the opening Women's Meet and Train Cross-Country League round in Dunboyne.

Fitzgerald finished over half a minute clear of Donore's Kim Hickey, with Louise Carragher of Clonliffe third. A record 128 turned out.

Parnell going for a five-in-a-row

At Saturday's British and Irish Masters Cross-Country Championships in Nottingham, Leevale's Carmel Parnell is going for a fifth consecutive win in the W55 age group. With two other W50 wins, Parnell is approaching the overall record of nine victories.

Raheny's Mick Traynor goes in the M45 grade for the last time, while Martin McEvilly of GCH defends his M65 title.

Thornton delivers volcanic display

Gary Thornton of Galway City Harriers has won the Volcano Marathon in Chile's Atacama Desert - a hilly race at 4,500m that included strong headwinds and temperatures soaring towards 40 degrees. 

Thornton, winner of the North Pole Marathon, finished in time of 4hrs 10mins 13secs.

Time to Jingle all way with Donore

With Santa in the shops this weekend, it's time to enter the annual Jingle Bells 5k, organised by Donore Harriers in Dublin's Phoenix Park.

This year's date is Saturday December 6 (11am).

See www.donoreharriers.com.