DSD Women, regular national league winners.
03 Feb 2015

A league of their own;Revitalising Club athletics

So when is a national league not a national league? The indoor season in recent years has been at the forefront of innovation in Irish athletics. A new stadium, exciting meets, the introduction of live streams coupled with commentary from a group of extremely handsome young men and…Feidhlim. One of

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Sonia O'Sullivan winning the world cross in 1998
30 Jan 2015

Sonia stands up for cross country

Double world cross country champion Sonia O’Sullivan is passionate about the values of cross country for distance running success. She was taken aback that Ireland have decided not to send a women’s team to the World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China. She sent us in this piece. Sonia O’Sullivan

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The author, Joe Conway, racing in the World Masters in Budapest in 2014
20 Jan 2015

Masters athletes not immune from doping or cheating

Written by Joe Conway Athletes are never too old to cheat. Perhaps the most intriguing and somewhat amusing case doesn’t involve doping, but rather an athlete who claimed to be ten years older than he actually was. According to the WMA, [Brazilian] Francisco do Carmo de Oliveira’, a Civil Servant,

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John Treacy en route to victory in the 1979 World Cross Country. Photo courtesy of: Athletics Ireland
18 Jan 2015

So at what age do we make it?

When John Treacy spoke about the ages of athletes “making it”, I decided to find out at what age athlete do athletes generally make it at the highest grade. From the below photo we can see the ages of all male distance medal winners from every Olympics since 1988. The steeple

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13 Jan 2015


1. Renaud Lavillenie While he’s not the tallest on the list his shot-stopping potential is unrivalled. The upper-body strength and power required to be the world’s best pole vaulter could only lead to lightning-quick reactions and wrists of steel. That strong hand needed to scoop the ball from its top-corner

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Kiwis can fly: John Walker in full flow
12 Jan 2015

John Walker: “Winning is everything”

John Walker celebrates his 63rd birthday today. The New Zealander was the first man to break the 3:50 barrier (3:59.4) in the mile and then went on to win the 1500m at the Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976. Below is video footage of Walker’s mile record run and Olympic

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Jim Hogan seen here in 2nd place (8), in a race which the winner set the 10,000m WR
10 Jan 2015

Remembering Jim Hogan – the passing of a true running legend

Irish running legend Jim Hogan passed away today at the age of 81. Jim had quite the career and life story. He wrote a book with PJ Browne who kindly gave us this unpublished piece which gives us a great insight into the man. He was a trail blazer, European

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Ciaran pictured with members of the Solian Athletics Camp, Rift Valley Kenya
07 Jan 2015

Appeal For ‘Project Africa Athletics’

County Tyrone native Ciaran Collins has set up an organisation aimed at helping support athletes and athletic clubs in rural areas of East Africa. Project Africa Athletics is an organisation which he set up in 2014 to help unknown Ugandan and Kenyan athletes to gain some exposure, and he’s hoping

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05 Jan 2015

So many Races, So little Profit

Christmas is a great time to reflect on it all; not life – God no – athletics. It’s a time when everyone is back in their locality, Athletes turn up to local races to run, steward, watch and eat all the sandwiches at the community hall. Most of these races

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Paula Radcliffe
31 Oct 2014

Video interview: Radcliffe tackles doping dilemma

Our man Cathal Dennehy caught up with Paula Radcliffe at the New York marathon to discuss the latest drugs fallout with Rita Jeptoo’s positive test. Radcliffe tackles the issues head on and is keen for a role to stand up for the rights of clean athletes.

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