The gamble paid off: Sonia winning the world cross
10 Apr 2015

Mentality of a champion: the story of Sonia’s greatest gamble

Sonia O’Sullivan was at a crossroads at the end of the 1997 season. Her lucrative contract with Reebok was up. The years following 1995 hadn’t been all we had foreseen or indeed hoped for the darling of Irish sport. No Olympic gold or global title, her star seemed to be

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29 Mar 2015

Mo’s new rival; Sonia’s world cross diary; Appeal of the parkrun – JTG 5-A-Day

Mo’s new rival Geoffrey Kamworor became the king of distance running after winning the world cross country in Guiyang and now will turn his attention to the track to take on Mo Farah. give all the lowdown and talking points of the championships here Sonia’s world cross diary Double

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Sonia O'Sullivan at the press conference for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, via IAAF
29 Mar 2015

Guiyang 2015: Sonia O’Sullivan’s World Cross diary

Sonia O’Sullivan was an IAAF ambassador at this year’s World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China. The 1998 double world cross country champion wrote a diary of the event and her experiences for Jumping The Gun. World Cross Country Guiyang 2015 by Sonia O’Sullivan The World Cross country took place

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17 Mar 2015

Paddy’s day JTG 5-A-Day: Ireland’s greats; craic and field

The Five Greatest Irish Runners in Villanova History The Villanova running blog has ranked their 5 best Irish runners. Check out the order and see if you agree or if there is someone missing here Ten Great Irish Runners Keeping on the St Patrick’s Day theme, Running Times have a

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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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Fionnuala Britton taking victory in 2013 Edinburgh XC. Photo:
07 Jan 2015

Chris Chooses Life; Edinburgh’s Great Expectations; Sonia’s Training Secrets; Podcast

It’s our first podcast of the New Year, and we ring it in by first discussing the inspirational tale of one Cork man who had the balls to follow his dream, all the way to the high hills of Ethiopia. As 2015 gets into full swing, the hottest action of

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Courtesy of Sonia O'Sullivan
04 Jan 2015

Sonia’s junior training secrets

Sonia O’Sullivan kindly gave us a few weeks of her schedule as junior when she was growing up in Cobh in Cork in 1986 aged 16. Sonia was coached by Sean Kennedy before going to Villanova. She would return from her scholarship under his guidance to finish fourth in the

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23 Dec 2014

Heffernan hits out at dopers: “I hope they all get caught”

It might have taken more than four years, the moment might have long since passed, and sure, there’s still a hint of anger when he talks about what dopers have taken from him, but for Rob Heffernan – who was presented with his European 20km race walk bronze medal in Cork on Friday

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15 Dec 2014

The Euro Cross Conundrum; lots of questions, few answers

Something needs to change, or this event will soon become irrelevant The European Cross Country Championships is 20 years old this year, and the question on many people’s minds as they watched three athletes born and bred in East Africa dominate the senior men’s race on Sunday was this: will

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John Treacy, Catherina McKiernan, Sonial O'Sullivan
11 Dec 2014


We have a host of legends talking on the show this week, both Irish and International, from Sonia O’Sullivan to Jo Pavey and more. First up, we look back on last weekend’s Novice Cross Country, which saw a pair of invaders from North and South take the titles in Dublin.

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