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11 Oct 2015

Fionnuala secures Olympic qualifier in Chicago

Fionnuala McCormack (née Britton) finished 13th in the Chicago marathon in 2:33:15 to comfortably qualify for the Olympic Games. The two-time European Cross Country champion was on course for a sub 2:30 clocking for a large portion of the race but slowed in the second half. McCormack (Kilcoole) went through

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08 Oct 2015

Fionnuala all set for first marathon major on the road to Rio

Fionnuala McCormack (née Britton) is looking forward to a new challenge at the Chicago Marathon this Sunday, October 11th, as she targets qualification for the Olympic Games next summer.The two-time European Cross Country champion is still undecided about the European Cross Country in December as she turns her focus the the roads

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Fionnuala Britton taking victory in 2013 Edinburgh XC. Photo: european-athletics.org
24 Aug 2015

In The Running: Women’s Marathon And The Lure Of The Olympics

The 100m may be, for many, the showcase event of the Olympic Games: the ultimate measure of the fastest man or woman on earth. But it is the marathon, the ultimate battle of endurance, attrition and resilience, which epitomises the Olympic spirit more than any other event on the athletics

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10 May 2015

Emperor Haile blows final whistle; Britton battles to pb at Great Manchester Run

Haile Gebreselassie announced his retirement from competitive running after finishing 16th in the Great Manchester Run 10k in 30:05 yesterday. The 42-year-old Ethiopian claimed two Olympic gold medals, nine world championship victories and set 25 world records over his 25-year career and has finally called time on his competitive career.

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10 May 2015

Live Stream: Britton ready for Great Manchester City Run; Haile to run with masses

Fionnuala Britton is back in action this morning and is looking forward to racing under no pressure. “I’m looking forward to racing where there’s no pressure but it’s a good high quality race. It will be good to challenge the British girls on their home turf this time and hopefully

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17 Apr 2015

Flashback Friday: SPAR Great Ireland Run (video highlights)

The SPAR Great Ireland Run took place last week in the Phoenix Park with some top performances – Gemma Steel and Japhet Korir led the way while Fionnuala Britton impressed for the Irish. Relive the action below.

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15 Apr 2015

Podcast: Great Britton, coaching and camps

This week’s podcast recaps the SPAR Great Ireland Run with interviews from Fionnuala Britton, Gemma Steel and Mark English. Fionnuala Britton reflects on her race and new coaching set-up with Joe Doonan who guided Catherina McKiernan to four world cross country silver medals and multiple major marathon victories. She feels

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13 Apr 2015

Kenyans look to China for quick cash; Steel too great for Britton – JTG 5-A-Day

Steel denies Britton; Korir retains title at Great Ireland Run Gemma Steel denied Fionnuala Britton the chance to etch her name alongside Sonia O’Sullivan and Catherina McKiernan on the winners scroll of the Great Ireland Run. Read how Steel had to keep pushing to the line to stave off Britton:

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12 Apr 2015

“Experience” the difference for Britton

Fionnuala Britton may have been denied a maiden victory at the SPAR Great Ireland Run in the Phoenix Park by Gemma Steel who won in 33:03 but this was a big improvement and clear marker for the Wicklow woman. Her 33:07 in blustery conditions a massive improvement on her 33:54

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09 Apr 2015

Britton on the rise in the Phoenix; Bubka V Coe showdown; Return of the Mak(au); JTG 5-a-day

Great Britton to rise in the Phoenix Fionnuala Britton will spearhead the home challenge in this weekend’s Great Ireland Run. Check out Feidhlim Kelly’s race preview for the big race on the IAAF site here to find out  her thoughts. Here’s a snippet: “It can be a difficult race to predict,

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