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Thursday Talk – Cullen’s Comeback Trail

Welcome to round two of Thursday Talk with myself and Thomas Chamney. In the second podcast  we  talk to Mary Cullen about her rollercoaster career to date. The Irish indoor 3,000m record holder (8:43.74) from Sligo has suffered 14 stress fractures in her running career and also suffered personal tragedy with the passing of her father to lung cancer. Despite this she has bounced back on numerous occasions and played an integral role in the Irish women’s team finishing fifth at the recent World Cross Country Championships in Poland. Some  of her career  highlights include a silver medal over 10,000m at the NCAA championships, a bronze  medal over 3,000m at the European Indoors and a fourth place finish at the  European Cross Country championships. She still believes the best is yet to come and you won’t doubt her when you listen in.

We (myself and Thomas Chamney) also review last weekend’s action and give a review for the coming weekend. We missed out on the NCAA championships that are currently underway with Tomas Cotter (Wichitah State) having qualified for the final of  the 3,000m steeplechase in 8:43. Anthony Lieghio (Arkansas) was knocked out of  the heats of the 800, Brendan O’Neill (Florida State) is due  to compete in the 10,000m and Claire Mooney (St John’s) in the 4 by 400m relay.

We hope you enjoy the latest podcast – the sound  quality is better and is set to improve further when our new mic is  delivered.  

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Feidhlim Kelly

Feidhlim Kelly

Con Houlihan once told me that tomorrow is now. In taking on this venture I’ve started to try and put his words into action.

I worked for Con from 2007 till his passing in 2012 taking down his copy and a whole lot more. I have a Con Houlihan section which will go in to more depth on that.

I’m a long-time contributor to the Irish Runner magazine and am also working for the Irish Examiner.

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