07 Nov 2013

Thursday Talk: Return of the Mac

David McCarthy, one of Ireland’s most versatile athletes joins Jumping the Gun, Feidhlim Kelly and Cathal Dennehy, this week after his 4th place finish at the international cross country meet in Antwerp last weekend. McCarthy has won medals from 800m to 5,000m at the European Youths to European U-23s and

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06 Nov 2013

Workout Wednesday: Leaping to the top with Colm Bourke

Sligo AC’s Colm Bourke made us a training video as he aspires to become the best long jumper in Ireland. He won the senior boys long jump at  the All Ireland schools last year and is currently taking a gap year having recently completed his leaving certificate.  Zak Irwin, another

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04 Nov 2013

Jones reflects on Britton’s facile win in Antwerp

Fionnuala Britton ensured her selection for the European Cross Country Championships yesterday with a comfortable victory at the Lotto Cross Cup in Antwerp, Belgium. National endurance coach Chris Jones, and personal coach to Britton, described her run as a “solid performance.” A team of Irish athletes travelled to Antwerp with

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01 Nov 2013

Britton ready for the ‘pressure’ in Euro Cross build-up

Double European Cross Country Champion Fionnuala Britton hasn’t even considered her rivals to her throne after a five week altitude training stint in Font Romeu as she heads into her first major test of the season at the Lotto Cross Cup in Antwerp, Belgium on Sunday.  “To be honest I

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31 Oct 2013

Halloween Talk: Dublin, drugs, awards and more

We’re back on the airwaves and joined by esteemed journalist Cathal Dennehy who has contributed to numerous publications including The Sunday Tribune, The Sunday Independent, Running Times, the IAAF and the Irish Runner where he is the current resident feature writer. In the latest podcast we discuss a variety of

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29 Oct 2013

Dublin debate: to be a domestic marathon or not to be…

The Airtricity Dublin Marathon on bank holiday Monday was a huge success with some exciting races up front – in particular  the duel between Sean Hehir and Joe  Sweeney.   Jumping the Gun got a ringside seat to the race in the media van. Dick Hooper described it as “a

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25 Oct 2013

Sonia recalls causing a stir on the streets of Dublin

Sonia O’Sullivan caused a stir at the Dublin Marathon in 2000 as she toed the line at the last minute after her heroics at the Sydney Olympics and duly won her maiden marathon voyage in 2:35:42. Here the Cobh legend recalls how her surprise debut over the marathon came to

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21 Oct 2013

Britton untested as she glides in Gerry Farnan Festival

Fionnuala Britton declared herself happy with her competitive return to action at the Gerry Farnan cross country festival yesterday as she cruised to victory over 3 miles in 15:45 in the Phoenix Park. “You’re always going to be happy when you win a race in the sunshine,” said Britton who won the

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16 Oct 2013

Training logs: O’Lionaird’s training to run a 3:54 indoor mile

Do you ever wonder what it takes to run a fast mile indoors? Well wonder no more. We came across a training log by Steve Magness from 2011-2012 before Ciaran O’Lionaird ran a 3:54 mile in Arkansas. Magness used to be a coach as part of the Oregon Project when

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15 Oct 2013

Volunteer questions AAI schools and clubs link

Jumping the Gun received an email last week from a coach and volunteer (club and school) at the growing gap between clubs and schools. While schools competitions are thriving with the Brother cross country meet having over 1200 participants, club competitions are fading.   The transition of schools athletes to

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14 Oct 2013

O’Lionaird ready to go again

Ciaran O’Lionaird showed more flashes of brilliance in the indoor season with a 3:52.10 mile and a bronze medal over 3,000m at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg in March but his outdoor season was scuppered by injury.   Unfortunately he wasn’t able to build on it with a re-occurring

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11 Oct 2013

David Harper’s road to recovery: Fit and ‘Ag Rith’.

David Harper was poised for a breakthrough on the track last Summer when he finished an excellent third in the elite mile  race at the Great Ireland Run in April behind Paul Robinson and Eoin Everard. His joy was shortlived as moments after he passed the line he suffered an

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03 Oct 2013

Coaches second class citizens in High Performance

The major problem or challenge in Irish athletics is coaching. They are undervalued and underpaid – well not paid at all.   There is an investment in athletes, doctors, physiologists, high performance directors, strength and conditioning coaches but not in the key factor to long-term and sustained success – the

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02 Oct 2013

Ingenious Parkrun celebrates 9th birthday #loveparkrun

Today is the 9th birthday of the popular  Parkrun series which began in Bushy Park in Teddington in South West London in 2005. Starting off with 13 runners as the Bushy Park Time Trial Saturday mornings  have never been the same since. The free to enter weekly 5km run has

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30 Sep 2013

Jones looking to create a winning culture

Jumping the Gun caught up with Chris Jones, the new National Endurance Coach, to see how he is settling into his new role and the upcoming targets. Jones is currently leading a distance camp in Font Romeu in preparation for the European Cross Country Championships in December. How are you

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