Podcast: Britton bounces back, Ritz Returns, but cross problems still unsolved

This week, we cast our eyes back to the freezing hills of Scotland, where the world’s best athletes gathered to run cross country.

Cathal Dennehy caught up with many of them on his day trip to Edinburgh; Fionnuala Britton talks about her second-place finish and plans for the year. Bernard Lagat tells us how despite his poor performance, everything looks in good shape for a big indoor season. Dathan Ritzenhein tells us about his journey back from injury and also gives his views on the doping scandals which have rocked athletics.

Meanwhile, Providence head coach Ray Treacy discusses the importance of cross country for middle distance runners, and tells us why he thinks the scholarship route is still the best one. Brendan Foster also weighs in on how to revive cross country.

We review all of last week’s indoor action in Athlone, and tell you why there’s trouble in Carlow cross country circles. Ronan Duggan also offers up his opinion on the first of our products from Runways, the Mizuno Wave Inspire.

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Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan is an athlete, coach, athletics fan and, most importantly, was once named Bandon AFC's under-12 Player of the Year. He was once a promising athlete but is now a promising coach, teacher and part-time athletics writer/broadcaster. While an 800m runner himself, Ronan has coached everything from pole vault to 10km with varying levels of bluffing. He has regularly been threatening to do something for years but is yet to deliver. He is regarded as our expert on the American running scene, though has yet, to prove his knowledge in this realm.

1 Comment

  1. Carlow Coach
    January 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm — Reply

    Great podcast guys, really enjoyed it.
    Totally agree with your commentary on middle distance track and xc training from Ray Treacy.
    For the record we have developed a group of young middle distance travk xc guys , 9 in all, who train together constantly, and are starting to show the benefits of group training. All will be competing at National level this year.
    Throw in Ireland’s top juvenile female athlete and you will see a lot more good stuff coming out of Carlow.
    The xc last weekend was a reflection of the enthusiasm spasm of these your athletes and great team spirit, they just wanted to run for their team in a county which could only muster up 4 senior ladies in the equivalent race last Sunday. I think we need to think a bit more creatively to get more athletes involved… Comments welcome.

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