Category Archives: Video

Coghlan on top of the World

The only athlete in the world today who’s a household name is Usain Bolt. In Ireland in the mid-1980s, when I was a kid, the role of proverbial runner was filled by Eamonn Coghlan. Anyone running in the streets would be … Continue reading

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New route for Dublin Marathon 2014

UPDATE September 2015: As per the race website, the 2015 Dublin Marathon route has some small changes to the 2014 route described below. The 2014 Dublin Marathon course map has been published, confirming some changes to the route used in the last … Continue reading

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Abebe Bikila, barefoot in Rome

During my recent visit to Rome, part of the itinerary was to go to a football match between Roma and Milan at the Stadio Olimpico, thereby visiting the venue of the 1960 Olympics. However, our plans were scuppered when the … Continue reading

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Failure

It might sound strange, but if you want to understand failure you should ask a successful person. That’s what I’ve learned after listening to two of Ireland’s greatest athletes speaking at separate events recently. Catherina McKiernan was talking about ChiRunning … Continue reading

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Half marathon, full effort!

When I was a corporate English teacher in Paris, a few of my students were marathon runners. One of them, a financial services sales representative, never allowed his advancing years and expanding waistline to get in the way of his … Continue reading

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Rob Heffernan walks to World Championship gold

Well done to Ireland’s Rob Heffernan, who won gold in the 50km walk at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow today. Heffernan’s victory makes up for his near misses in previous championships – fourth at last year’s Olympics and also … Continue reading

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Susan Smith, Ireland’s third 1990s athletics heroine

With Fionnuala Britton and her team mates European cross country champions, Derval O’Rourke still pulling out great championship performances, and Ciara Everard making her breakthrough by reaching a European Indoors final this spring, it’s a good time for Irish women’s athletics. The … Continue reading

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