Podcast: Belated bronze for Rob; Heffernan has his say

For our final podcast of 2014, we talk to Rob Heffernan as he receives his belated European bronze medal from Barcelona 2010. Heffernan talks about losing out on medals due to dopers, gives his views on the Russian scandal, and explains why the Irish anti-doping system is one of the world’s most stringent. The Cork man also discusses how Irish athletes can bridge the gap with their international competitors, explains how he’s recovered from the problem that blighted him in Zurich and discusses his plans for 2015.

In other news, after lamenting the loss of panellist Ronan Duggan, who was summoned home pre-podcast, we analyse the RTE sports awards, and ask whether women in sport are properly treated and covered.

It’s been another good year for athletics in Ireland, and with a little help from Public Enemy, we explain why. One of our most popular articles of the week on our new site was the interview with expert coach Rob Denmead, and we discuss how he goes about designing the perfect plan for athletes and what traits you expect to find in a good coach. After rounding up all the latest results, from Athlone to Brussels, we sign off by telling everyone how we’re driving home for Christmas.

Mark English celebrates his bronze medal at the European Championships in Zurich. Photo: courtesy of Athletics Ireland.
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Cathal Dennehy

Cathal Dennehy

Cathal Dennehy is a freelance journalist, a once-serious, now-retired athlete who writes for a number of international publications in the running industry. He has won two sports-writing awards, the Peter Ball Memorial Award in Ireland and the Wills Writing Award in the UK. Nationally, he previously worked for the Sunday Tribune, Irish Runner magazine and has written for the Sunday Independent, Irish Independent, the Guardian and The Independent in Britain. He is a regular contributor to Running Times, Runner's World, RunBlogRun and the IAAF website.
His banter levels are often poor, occasionally exceptional.

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