Chris with Ryan Hall and Mo Farah
19 Jan 2015

Harrington’s Ethiopian blog: Work Ethic and staying on course

Chris Harrington is well into his journey and training camp in Ethiopia. Here he looks at the work ethic of the people and how he had a mild panic attack when he went off course on a long run. “Work ethic” This trip has brought many of my goals I

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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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16 Jan 2015

Ó Lionáird’s Blog: Junior training insights

It seems that in the past few weeks there has been a lot of discussion and dialogue surrounding the training of junior athletes in Ireland. When I asked you good folks on Twitter for blog content suggestions, junior training dominated the feedback. Perhaps that has come about in light of

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Cléirigh Buttner striding out to the finish
15 Jan 2015

Cléirigh Büttner revelling life as a Wildcat

Síofra Cléirigh Büttner went over to Villanova last September as Ireland’s most successful schoolgirl winning six consecutive national schools cross country titles, multiple track titles along with national records. Jumping The Gun caught up with her to see how she’s settling into life Stateside and her new environment in Philadelphia.

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Michael winning the European IPC Championships
14 Jan 2015

Interview: McKillop has his sights set on more Paralympic glory

Double Paralympic champion Michael McKillop hasn’t had the start to the New Year he had hoped for having been laid up in plaster but he’s determined to leave a long lasting mark on Paralympic athletics. McKillop, who has cerebral palsy, has struggled with injuries since 2012 but has managed to

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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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Chris Harrington, second from left, with some of the other Western runners
09 Jan 2015

Harrington’s Blog: The highs and lows of week 1 in Ethiopia

Blog 2 Ethiopia – “Yes, the operated knee.” Nearly a fall too far. Chris Harrington’s troublesome knee and high altitude nearly took there toll on the first week in Ethiopia. Here he recounts his story. Week 1 Claire (wife) and the kids dropped me to the airport- “Goodbye so” she

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08 Jan 2015

Ó Lionáird’s blog: the fall is history, time to rise again

With the calendar now turned to a new year, and a surprisingly healthy appetite emerging out of my request for blog ideas on Twitter, it’s time to get the finger out and kick off what I hope will be a satisfactory, if not mildly insightful, peek into my journey towards

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