Podcast: Great Britton, coaching and camps

This week’s podcast recaps the SPAR Great Ireland Run with interviews from Fionnuala Britton, Gemma Steel and Mark English.

Fionnuala Britton reflects on her race and new coaching set-up with Joe Doonan who guided Catherina McKiernan to four world cross country silver medals and multiple major marathon victories. She feels experience will be the key to her step up to the marathon and she reveals her upcoming racing plans.

Gemma Steel won the women’s race impressively and she will lock horns with Fionnuala Britton again on May 10th at the Great Manchester Run. The Brit tells us what she was thinking as Britton chased her down in the final kilometre and what her upcoming plans are.

The men’s mile didn’t go according to plan for Mark English and you can hear his thoughts on the imperial mile.

We recap the Irish University Championships, the latest international news and discuss the difference between “track speed” and “football speed.”

Sonia O’Sullivan talks us through her big gamble at the end of 1997 where she decided to back her ability and go with Nike. The Cobh legend also gives us an insight into her running obsession and the importance it gives to her daily life.

Ronan Duggan was over at the Athletics Ireland Junior Camp in Portugal over Easter and tells us what life was like in the Algarve as he bid to regain his youth and athletics career.

We conclude with the Leevale Open Sports and the Irish athlete in pursuit of the new marathon Olympic standard of 2:17:00 in Zurich.

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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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