Podcast: Paula Penns Farewell; no holds barred to Bahamas

We’ve split this week’s podcast into two parts as we look to streamline the bumper news package from London leading to the Bahamas.

Part One

In part one we look at all the road action with a brief recap of the Boston marathon and then move on to the blockbuster that was London. Paula Radcliffe had the perfect farewell that her legendary career deserved while the races up front provided some surprising and exciting conclusions. Tigist Tufa surprised heavyweights Mary Keitany and Florence Kiplagat in the women’s race while Eliud Kipchoge knocked out the big hitters in Dennis Kimetto and Wilson Kispang to confirm him as the world’s best racer in the marathon.

London also saw Ireland’s first female qualifying time for the Rio Olympics with Breege Connolly’s excellent 2:37:29. There was also a superhero in action. Spiderman broke the world record for a superhero. Find the name of the man behind the mask who also beat Eoin Callaghan in the Manchester marathon the previous week.

We take a brief look at the Dusseldorf marathon where there was disappointment for Ireland’s male marathoners looking for qualifying times. We conclude the road action by looking over the recent media coverage of Martin Fagan over the weekend.

Part Two
Part deux of the podcast moves to the track and the spectacle that is the Penn Relays. Síofra Cléirigh-Buttner was part of two wagon wheel winning teams for Villanova and we get her reaction to maintaining the Wildcats “legacy.” Cathal Dennehy also caught up with Brown’s Kevin Cooper who ran in the mile as he looks to moving into the “big bad world” of post-collegiate athletics.

Also find out what other Irish runners were busy running fast times in the distance ranks. Our US correspondent Denners has been busy in action lately and he caught up with Justin Gatlin and he got his reaction to Usain Bolt’s comments on Tyson Gay’s ban.

We round out the track action with Thomas Barr’s stellar 400m hurdle run but we question are the Irish athletes in shape to compete in the World Relays in the Bahamas this weekend (2-3 May). Domestically we look at the changes slated for the cross country season and answer the question whether the qualifying times for the World Youth Championships are unrealistic and stunt the development of young athletes.

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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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