Congratulations to everyone who competed in the Dublin Intermediate Cross Country Championships this afternoon, held in balmy autumn conditions in Tymon Park. In the women’s 4k race Lorraine Nolan finished 10th overall in a time of 17.28 to lead her teammates Valerie McGuinness (15th in 17.46), Ciara Hassett (26th in 18.20) and Aisling O’Connor (36th in 19.26) home to team fifth. Robert Murphy had a great run in the men’s 8k race, finishing in 5th position in 29.08. He was followed by David Power (25th in 30.33) and Peter Toomey (35th in 31.52). Full results are on the Dublin Athletics Board website, and photos are in the Gallery. As usual the event was hosted by Rathfarnham AC and thanks are due to James Wright and his team of helpers for their all their work setting up the course.

Club President Zoe Melling with the intermediate women's team: from left Ciara Hassett, Lorraine Nolan, Aisling O'Connor and Valerie McGuinness

At yesterday's Irish Universities Road Relays held in Maynooth University there were several good performances from club members. Running for DCU were David Scanlon who ran 10.00 for a 2 mile leg, while Alan Danager ran 10.30 and David Danagher ran 11.10. On the 3 mile leg Matthew Horrigan ran 15.25 for DCU. For TCD Gerard Claffey ran 4.55 for the 1 mile leg and Jack McLoughlin ran 11.30 for the 2 mile leg. The full results are on the IUAA website. Well done to all who ran.

Well done to the Rathfarnham athletes who competed in the 26th British & Irish Masters Cross Country International in Cardiff on Saturday. Paul Fleming was 5th in the M35 category and completed the 8k course in a time of 25.05, finishing second for the Irish team to claim gold ahead of Wales and England. Shane O’Neill finished 11th in the M40 category in 25.41, and was second scorer for Ireland which won silver behind England and ahead of Scotland. In the M50 category Gerry Doyle led the Irish team home to silver, finishing in 6th place in a time of 26.14. England won gold in the category and Northern Ireland were third. Ronan Kearns won the open race in a time of 25.40. Congratulations to all. Full results are on the British Masters Athletic Federation website.

Congratulations to new Dublin Junior Cross Country Champion Mitchell Byrne, who led a field of 49 athletes in the combined junior/under 18 race in St. Anne’s Park yesterday to win the title. Mitch completed the 6k course in a time of 19.36, and was followed by David Scanlon in 8th position in 20.18. In the under 18 race Jonathan O’Donoghue was first home from the club, finishing 11th in 20.39, followed by Oisin Joyce (35th in 22.48), Daniel Martin (39th in 23.11), Conor O’Neill (42nd in 23.50) and Donal Murphy (46th in 24.27). Jonathan and Oisin also scored on the junior men's team which won bronze. The under 18 team were 4th. In the 10,000m senior men’s race Louis McCarthy was 15th of 57 finishers in a time of 32.42, followed by Paul Stephenson (16th in 32.46), Paul Fleming (21st in 33.07), Ronan Kearns (25th in 33.30), Matthew Horrigan (27th in 33.39), Ciaran Aylward (29th in 33.46), Jason Reid (30th in 33.48) and Brian Furey (47th in 35.44). The team came 4th. Full results are available on the Dublin Athletics Board site and photos are in the gallery.

Junior and under 18 athletes with coach Philip Halpin

Senior team with coach Adam Jones

Congratulations to Sean Hehir who won the Airtricity Dubin Marathon today in a time of 2.18.21; the first Irish athlete to win the event in 20 years. Sean ran a perfectly paced race to take the lead at 20 miles, and finished over a minute clear of runner-up Joe Sweeney of DSD. Paul Moran was next home from the club in 2.41.37, followed by Peter O’Farrell (2.56.36), Colm Murray (3.04.21), Maria Dolan (PB of 3.06.12), Rob Costello (3.26.10) and Aisling Tohill (3.57.08). Well done to all. Full results are vailable on the Dublin Marathon site. Some photos are in the gallery and newspaper articles attached below.