Ben bidding for Worlds in Belgium: After missing out on qualifying for the world indoors by one-hundredth of a second at the Woodie's DIY National Indoors in Belfast, hurdler Ben Reynolds of North Down will chase the qualifying mark of 7.74 seconds in Belgium this weekend. Not under that kind of pressure is Derval O'Rourke who is pre-selected for the world championships. In Belfast, she won the 60m hurdles in 8.21. A surprise winner of the men's 60m was former Irish schools champion Seye Ogunlewe.
Winning the men's 200m in a personal best 21.86 was schoolboy Marcus Lawler of St Laurence O'Toole. Steffi Creaner of Celtic DCH won the women's 200m in 24.31, also a PB.
UCD's Ciara Everard won the 800m in 2:07.34, while Ferrybank's Kelly Proper showed a welcome return to form when winning the long jump with a season's best 6.34m.
Durkan leads Irish charge: Overseas athletes dominated the Coca-Cola Larry McGuill Rás na hEireann in Oldbridge. Lizzie Adams of UK-based Team Puma won the women's race, with Ciara Durkan best of the Irish in fifth place. In the men's race, a strong USA team took six of the top seven places with Landon Peacock the winner. Brian McMahon in eighth place was best of the Irish.
On Gard' for BHAA battle: Record crowds are expected for Saturday's 20th anniversary Garda St Raphael's BHAA Cross-Country in Dublin's Phoenix Park. Always one of the best organised races on the BHAA calendar, men and women will start together on the Magazine Hill course, although the women run two miles and the men double that. Registration is at the Garda Boat Club in Islandbridge -- a handy 10-minute jog from the start. Also taking place in the Phoenix Park on Saturday morning (10am) is the Operation Transformation 5km. Expect delays in the area.
Conway conjures clean sweep: Rathfarnham veteran Turlough Conway made it three from three when he won hill running's Winter League 9km race at Annagh Hill in Co Wexford. Second was Eagles' Paul Tierney, with Jason Kehoe of Rathfarnham a close third and Dunboyne's Karen O'Hanlon first woman.
Six of best at juvenile jamboree: With juvenile athletics experiencing a boom, the Dublin Indoors will take six days at two venues to resolve. First off are the older age groups (U16-U19) in Santry on Friday evening. On Saturday, the middle distance runners take to the track at Tallaght, and a day later it's back to Santry for technical events. A week later, an assortment of relays take place.
Entries are filling up for the Rás UCD in Belfield on Saturday February 25. It has a 600 limit, so if you want to run, enter now!