Craig Harrington (left) and Jeremy Warner battling it out in the 3000m at the Cork Graded
14 Jul 2015

Talking Point Tuesday: The Graded Conundrum

This week presents us with an incredible array of races. Imagine for a second that you are a 1500m runner in Ireland. In the space of eight days you could quite easily run four races over the metric mile. On Saturday the 11th, you could have run the IMC, followed

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Lizzie Lee at the National road relays. Image via Brendan Ahearne
23 Apr 2015

Blog: Cross Country can learn from the National Road Relays

Louise Caraher, aka Swift Girl, has kindly written this blog for JTG on the national road relays and what we can learn from it to benefit cross country. By Louise Caraher I am a huge cross country fan. I always have been and I always will be. I think I

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20 Apr 2015

Midlands Podcast: The Fagan dilemma

Martin Fagan is proving contentious amongst the running fraternity. I spoke to Midlands Sport on Sunday about Fagan’s Olympic qualifying run in the Zurich marathon (2:16:09) and how is situation sits in the running community.

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The gamble paid off: Sonia winning the world cross
10 Apr 2015

Mentality of a champion: the story of Sonia’s greatest gamble

Sonia O’Sullivan was at a crossroads at the end of the 1997 season. Her lucrative contract with Reebok was up. The years following 1995 hadn’t been all we had foreseen or indeed hoped for the darling of Irish sport. No Olympic gold or global title, her star seemed to be

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Elizabeth Egan running in the Inter Clubs. Picture by Kieran Carlin
13 Mar 2015

Cross in crisis, but what’s the solution?

Elizabeth Egan finished in the top ten in the senior women’s race at the Irish Inter Clubs Cross Country Championships on March 1st. What should have been cause for great celebration, led to more of a sense of deflation. She competed in the English national the week before with 865

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Moses Kipsiro with Gerard Hartmann. Courtesy of Hartmann International
04 Mar 2015

Hartmann: A Blueprint For Success

A hot topic lately on the Jumping The Gun podcasts is the need for athletes to improve and the pathways to success to compete on the international stage. I had a good conversation recently with Irish Runner editor Frank Greally about the current state of affairs and the athletes in

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20 Feb 2015

Chefs To Brew Up Athlone Storm

Piece courtesy of @irishhurdlers at After his heroics on Wednesday night it looks like @TreyvaudsResto will make a surprise appearance at this weekend’s National Championships in Athlone. One of the new kids on the block in the Athletics Culinary world, Treyvaud set twitter on fire during the Men’s Mile

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High Achiever: Mutaz Essa Barshim was the star of the show in Athlone with a 2.41m clearance. Image: Loughlin Campion
19 Feb 2015

Barshim flies high, but we’ve hit a new low

There is a moment, during the 1976 film Network — which chronicles the story of a struggling US TV news channel — where lead character Howard Beale, the stressed-out news anchor, finally and completely loses it. “I don’t have to tell you things are bad,” he states aggressively, live on air, to his viewers. “We know

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Cathal Lombard on the right. Image via Leevale
12 Feb 2015

Are there differences between drugs cheats?

Cathal Lombard celebrated his 39th year in this mortal world today and he must wonder what are the differences between drugs cheats. On the 11/07/04 Lombard completed a drugs test and tested positive for EPO which resulted in a ban from 10/08/2004 to 9/08/2006. The Leevale athlete returned to win

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09 Feb 2015

A running vocabulary to become an armchair fan

Every sport has their own regular sayings and catchphrases amongst pundits and fans alike. In rugby for instance you won’t be long in hearing about being “first to the breakdown” or “breaking the gain line” and in soccer you will hear about the “hospital pass” and “holding a high line.”

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