Elizabeth Carr and Aaron O’Hanlon won the senior races at the North Leinster Schools Cross-Country held on a bitterly cold afternoon in St Clares’s DCU, Glasnevin.
Irish triathlete Eimear Mullan made a winning start to 2013 by winning the Duathlon Internacional Lanzarote at Club la Santa. Mullan stayed with Jenny Schulz of Germany on the opening 5km run and pulled away on the 20km cycle. By the end of the second run of 2.5km, she had built up a three minute lead.
Raheny pair Fiona Roche and Simon Ryan were the individual winners at the Leinster Senior Cross-Country Championships Ballyroan, Co Laois, with Raheny also winning the men’s team title.
Raheny dominated the women’s race with Elish Kelly 2nd and Maria O’Sullivan, a product of the club’s underage athletics programme, finishing 3rd. The team also finished second behind a Donore squad led by Dervilla Holmes in eighth place.
Behind Ryan, the remainder of the Raheny men’s team packed well for their title, with Bernard Roe 4th, Ian Conroy 7th, Brian Leahy 8th and Donal Foley 9th making up the team.
Gerry Ryan of Craughwell, who turns 50 this year, led home 544 finishers at the Tuam 5km. Mayo’s Mary Gleeson was first woman. Tomas Fitzpatrick of Tallaght won the Great Heath 10km in Portlaoise.
Niamh Boland and Robbie Matthews were the winners at the Eircom BHAA Cross-Country held in very soggy conditions at Cherryfield Park in Firhouse, Dublin.
* Kerry Harty (Newcastle) ran 4:19.00 for 1500m indoors at the Scottish Indoors in the new Emirates Arena Glasgow; not far off her indoor best of 4:18.11 and a best ever season opener. Catherine McManus was second in the 60m hurdles with 8.81, while Amy Foster ran 7.54 for 60m. At the Sorlien Memorial, Kalyn Sheehan won the 60m hurdles in 8.72, also competing in the 200m, 500m, long jump and shot.