Podcast:Elites and Masters Fighting for an Audience

We look at two main talking points in this week’s podcast: do Masters athletes deserve more respect and why are elite runners not getting the limelight in favour of human interest stories.

The Irish National Masters Championships were on last weekend and many felt like second class citizens despite it being a national championship – there was no call room, delays and mix-ups with results and times and a fee of €15 per event. We discuss the pros and cons of Masters running and look at some of the top performances.

Ian O”Riordan wrote an article in The Irish Times recently lamenting the lack of awareness of, and lack of attention given to, Ireland’s elite athletes in favour of human interests. We discuss the travails of the modern athlete and why it’s not necessarily the fault of the running magazines for the lack of attention.

We also take a look at some of Ireland’s great athletes that featured in Running Times, review last weekend’s action and look forward to the weekend where we will be commentating at the National Juvenile Championships on the Athletics Ireland live stream powered by Aertv.

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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.

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