01 Jul 2013

Who can stop the Mo Show?

There was another action packed weekend of athletics with the Birmingham Diamond League being the fulcrum. On BBC2 it really provided a jolt to the season with some proper match ups and Mo Farah bringing the curtain down in the 5,000m in what must rank as the race of the

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28 Jun 2013

Funny Friday – The good, the bad and the ugly

Today Cathal Dennehy rounds out the aftermath of the European Team Championships and takes a whimsical look at the overall proceedings. In athletics action last night Brian Gregan ran 45.55 for 4th in Ostrava while Derval O’Rourke hurt her achilles going over the first hurdle in the 100m Hurdles. In

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27 Jun 2013

Thursday Talk – Euro Teams Special

We literally  jumped the gun this week with our podcast and as a result we have a  slightly rushed production. My editorial eyes will have to tighten up in general to have  more eagle eyed precision but bear with me and the rest of  the team.   This week we

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26 Jun 2013

Downes responds to Jumping the Gun

Jumping The Gun received this email today from John Downes. John is a coach in Donore Harriers and has been involved in the sport for 33 years and was a good athlete in his day winning national titles on the track and cross country and ran internationally. He wrote this

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25 Jun 2013

TC Tuesdays – Mo Show and Rollins Rolls On

While all Irish eyes were on Santry for the 1st league this past weekend, the US Championships and the European Superleague also took place, with some interesting performances of note.             In Gateshead, Mo Farah showed that his slight slip up in Eugene where he was defeated by Edwin Soi

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24 Jun 2013

Monday review – A qualified success

Below is my unedited piece that appeared in the Irish Examiner today and a few extra talking points. The athletes performed well to finish seventh and generally performed at or above their level. Ultimately we are ranked 19th best in Europe in this overall League format. Gregan leads Ireland to

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21 Jun 2013

Dennehy’s Call – 10 reasons to go to Santry

Cathal Dennehy gives us 10 Reasons to go to Santry this weekend on his regular Friday slot on Jumping the Gun. The  European Team Championships are a snip at only ten euro and has a host of top athletes. Why wouldn’t you be going to cheer on Ireland’s best to

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20 Jun 2013

Thursday Talk – Gillick’s Captain’s Call

In a European Team Championships special we caught up with David Gillick to see how the role of captaincy came about and what we can expect  from the weekend. From their we delve into where he is now and is there more life on the track for Ireland’s greatest ever

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19 Jun 2013

Call The Cavalry!

As each day passes the Athletics Ireland marketing department issues another press release that a high profile athlete has withdrawn from the European Team Championships due to injury or illness. Today it was the expected withdrawal of the sport’s best athlete Derval O’Rourke as a result of a chest infection.

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18 Jun 2013

TC Tuesdays – Galligan leads the pack

The explosion of women’s 800m running this season has surprised many of the sport’s fans in recent months. Not only is there a healthy quantity of women on the scene, more importantly there has been a real step up in the quality of their performances. At the very forefront of

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17 Jun 2013

Monday review – “Veronica Campbell Down”

This week drugs has taken the headlines. It is important to tackle these issues head on. People can complain about negativity and cynicism on topics, not just including drugs. To me and those who contribute to Jumping The Gun, we are doing our best to give real insight and a

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14 Jun 2013

CD Fridays – Lawler set for senior bow

Cathal Dennehy’s Friday column profiles Marcus Lawler, the most exciting talent in the sport presently, and includes a sample training week. There is a finish line video of his 200m record  run at the schools and also included is a video of Laura Crowe’s 800m pb (2:02.69) at the Oslo

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13 Jun 2013

Thursday Talk – Murphy’s Battle For Personal Glory

In this week’s edition of Jumping The Gun’s podcast we talk to national 400m champion Brian Murphy of Crusaders. The 30 year old who hails from Cork talks about how his love of running and competing keeps him chasing his dream despite some less than favourable treatment by Athletics Ireland.

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11 Jun 2013

TC Tuesday’s – Return of the Mac

It’s the return of Thomas Chamney on Tuesday again. Today he writes about the talented David McCarthy and his struggle for consistency. He’s set to run the 3,000m at the European Team Championships – the team will be officially announced tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 11am. McCarthy looks to reboot at

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10 Jun 2013

Bolt and AAI have work to do

This week’s action wasn’t as exciting as the previous one but it still left us with plenty  of talking points. Bolt was beaten in Rome and the AAI empire have plenty of work to do if the European Team Championships are going to be a success judging by the AAI

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