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Jones leaves endurance role; Haile gone for good

Athletics Ireland unexpectedly announced that National Endurance Coach Chris Jones will be leaving his role due to family commitments. We discuss the impact he has had on endurance running in the country and where do we go to next. Is it a poisoned chalice and do we have enough cash to get the most suitable candidate?

Haile Gebreselassie announced his retirement from competitive running after finishing 16th in the Great Manchester Run 10k in 30:05. The 42-year-old Ethiopian claimed two Olympic gold medals, nine world championship victories and set 25 world records over his 25-year career and has finally called time on his competitive career. We look back on the Emperor’s career and recall some moments that may have slipped the mind.

We look back on all the action in Manchester from the track events on the Saturday to the 10k on the Sunday where Mark Christie and Fionnuala Britton were the leading Irish runners.

The Diamond League season kicks off with Doha quickly followed by Shanghai and we also look forward to the Highgate Harriers 10,000m along with the AAI Games and the European Race Walking Cup.

All that plus our usual collection of talking points and we also give our say on the upcoming referendum.

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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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