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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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each day passes the Athletics Ireland marketing department issues another press release that a high profile athlete has withdrawn from the European Team Championships due to injury or illness.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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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