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.