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GIDEY PB  IN PARIS 
Road run of the weekend came from Efrem Gidey of Clonliffe Harriers who, after his excellent fifth place in the U23 race at European Cross-Country, headed for Paris, France, where on Sunday (December 18) he finished ninth in  the Corrida de Houilles 10km  in a new best time of 28 mins 13 secs. 
 
Locally, Kieran Kelly of Raheny Shamrock AC was the winner of the Drogheda and District Christmas 5km for a second year. After a good battle with Tadhg Donnelly of the host club Drogheda and District AC,  Kelly pulled away to win in 15 mins 8 secs. Pictured above is the start of the race. Picture courtesy myrunresults website.
 
INDOORS COMES ALIVE 
In last week’s  bitterly cold conditions, the NIA Abbotstown was the place to be on Wednesday evening (December 14) where the third round of Tin rack and Field Live was taking place.
Races ranged in distance from 60m to 3000m, with five  heats alone in the mens’ 400m. In the fastest of these, Joe Doody of Cabinteely AC  was the winner in 50.21 secs.  Other good runs came from Antoine Roquette of Blackrock AC, winner of the first heat in 54.44, Sean Owens of Crusaders AC, another heat winner in 54.88,  and JD Kelly of Clonliffe Harriers a close second in his heat with a time of 52.98.  In the women’s 400m, Caoimhe Cronin of Le Cheile AC clocked a time of 56.52 secs. Sprinters were running 60m, with  Sean L’Estrange of Raheny Shamrock AC and Stephen Gaffney of Rathfarnham WSAF AC recording identical time of 7.03 secs in different heats. Over 3000m, Louie Woodger of Metro St Brigid’s AC finished second  in 8:31.97 with Gavin Curtin of Donore Harriers third in 8:33.09 and a huge PB of 8:36.79 for fourth placed Stephen Cashin of Clonliffe Harriers. Amy O’Donoghue, a new recruit for Dundrum South Dublin AC, proved fastest of the women  in the rarely run distance of 1000m with a time of 2:52.11. Mark Milner of UCD AC was quickest of the men in 2:22.88. In a competitive men’s 800m, Jack Kelly of Tallaght AC finished third in 1:56.95.  Included in the programme were some field events, with Siún Quinn of Brothers Pearse AC recording a height of 1.60m in the high jump. 
 
Date for the fourth Track and Field Live meet is Wednesday, January 18, at the NIA, Abbotstown.
 
HOLIDAY RUNNING 
A must-do  event for many runners over the Christmas periods is the GOAL Mile which is now in its 40th year. The first ever GOAL Mile, organised by the late great Noel Carroll of Civil Service Harriers, was held in the Phoenix Park on the Christmas morning of  1982 when more than 250 turned up. A year later,  the old track at Belfield was the venue. Since then, many  Dublin clubs have organised their own GOAL Miles  - and continue to do so.  Among them are Crusaders AC at Irishtown Stadium  and  Tallaght  AC and Lucan AC at their tracks; all three of these are on Christmas morning.  Donations used to be collected at venues; entry is now online and set at €25 for adults and €10 for children. See the full list of venues at https://www.goalmile.org/locations

Entry is still open for the Tom Brennan New Year’s Day 5km organised by Liffey Valley AC  in the Phoenix Park (9.30am start) , with lots of prizes for individuals and teams, a course record bonus and a bobble hat for the first thousand to register. Online entry is €24.75 at www.myrunresults.com.

Season’s greetings to everyone — here’s to a 2023 full of running on roads, hills and tracks — and also plenty of hurdling, throwing, jumping and vaulting!