Podcast: The Great Running Obsession

In the latest podcast we tell you why the Spar Great Ireland Run this weekend is literally “great.” The IAAF silver label road race will see the best runners on show from Japhet Korir and Leonard Komon to Fionnula Britton and Valeria Straneo in the main 10km in the Phoenix Park while double 800m European medallist Mark English will run in the men’s elite road mile.

Fionnuala Britton will look to make it third time lucky in the Great Ireland Run but we delve into what motivates her, and elite female distance runners, to run in what looks to be a lifetime pursuit and a sport that defines them. While many men seem to be able to hang up their running shoes without an urge to have to run or exercise daily, it doesn’t seem to be the case for the elite women in distance running. We discuss is running “their life” in a pursuit that defines them.

We also look back on many of the top stories on the site the past week including Joe Rafferty’s piece on Justin Gatlin signing with Nike, Cathal Dennehy’s pieces on Tommy Suntan and the painful trip to the top for Ciarán Ó Lionáird.

Following that we look ahead to the Irish University Track and Field Championships and the Spring marathon season that kicks off in earnest this weekend with Paris, Vienna and Rotterdam.

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Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell is an athlete, physical therapist, and MSc student. He is current national 110m hurdles champion and ranks 3rd & 5th on the Irish all-time list for the sprint hurdles events. He is occasionally referred to as GOD, not due to his initials, but because of his heavenly beard, which he has sported since the age of 5.

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