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LAST Saturday and Sunday was the first major league weekend of the winter. While some, such as the growing Surrey leagues, were efficient in getting results finalised, too many were still showing as provisional and we haven’t been able to include them. This is often down to team managers’ original errors and their delay in correcting them, but in the computer age, such lateness is disappointing.



Athletics Ireland Autumn Open, Dublin, October 16

FIONNUALA McCORMACK scored an impressive victory and enoyed the new purpose-built crosscountry course.

“The course was a lot tougher than people expected it to be,” continued the Wicklow woman, who used her customary front-running tactics to lead the field a muddy dance. “It’s real cross country. At the beginning of the cross-country season it’s a good start. I love it and that’s why I keep coming back time and time again.”

Poland’s Paulina Kaczynska outsprinted Caroline Crowley for second in 21:06 with the Dubliner having to settle for third after coming through strongly in 21:08.

It was a much closer affair in the senior men’s 8km race with one of McCormack’s contemporaries Mark Christie showing he still is one of the best distance runners in the country. He edged a four-way tussle in 24:59 ahead of Poland’s Adam Nowicki, who finished second in 25:04, and Freddy Keron Sittuk, who was third in 25:08.

The course proved to be a good challenge for the 451 competitors in the main races along with a further 650 juveniles who competed in the Dublin Championships earlier in the day.

The masters provided plenty of extra energy, Ann-Marie McGlynn winning the W35 section in 21:14, while other Irish women masters who could be on for medals at the British and Irish Masters International at Glasgow next month included W50 Niamh O’Sullivan and W60 Carmel Parnell.

Another leading master Paul Elliott won arguably the closest race of the day in the M60 8km, just one second ahead of Martin Kearney, while another international winner Tommy Payne took the M55 title.

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SPOTLIGHT 18 JESSICA ENNIS-HILL Pictorial tribute to the London 2012 Olympics heptathlon champion as she calls time on her career 28 TRACK AND FIELD TOURS The travel company celebrates 25 years of taking fans to athletics events worldwide ACTION 40 GREAT BIRMINGHAM RUN Andy Vernon and Elizeba Cherono take half-marathon victories PERFORMANCE 32 Sports science news 34 Mara Yamauchi’s ‘killer’ session 35 Take time to reflect and recover 36 Dietary planning for athletes 38 Products – all-weather shoes A BRIT ABROAD 24 ROAD REVISIONS Tim Hutchings argues that road racing needs an overhaul NEWS 6 Jessica Ennis-Hill retires 8 Toni Minichiello queries KJT split NEWS FOCUS 14 Volunteers and legends honoured at England Athletics awards in Birmingham PREVIEWS 56 Great South Run and World Masters, plus TV guide RESULTS & FIXTURES 44 Results round-up 57 What’s On – fixtures guide REGULARS 26 Your Say 30 Young Athlete 61 Quiz – test your athletics knowledge 62 Dip Finish