Tag Archives: athletics

Mo money, Mo problems

This weekend’s London Marathon has been overshadowed by events in Boston. It will now be something of a memorial service for those who were killed or injured last Monday – a 30-second silence will be observed before the start, and all … Continue reading

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Split ’90 – Give it a lash, Sonia!

In the summer of 1990 all Irish eyes were fixed on Italy, when we were gripped by an unforgettable World Cup adventure. A few weeks after that, across the Adriatic another epic Irish sports odyssey was about to begin. The … Continue reading

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Coe and Ovett, best of rivals

For all my marathon exploits, I’m probably a frustrated middle-distance runner. I’d love to have a mile race against ten people of my own level – four laps of the track to see if I could outrun and out-think them. Middle-distance … Continue reading

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Olympics 2012 athletics – Day 1: From Ennis to Ethiopia

Yes! The real Olympics are on at last! It seems like ages since James Bond shoved the Queen out of a helicopter, but finally we’ve got some action in the Olympic Stadium again. The first track gold, in the women’s … Continue reading

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Delany’s gold in Melbourne ’56

Yesterday I had the honour and pleasure of meeting Ron Delany, who won gold for Ireland in the 1,500 metres at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne. One of the true old-school gentlemen, he was kind enough to chat with … Continue reading

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From Russia with fourth (again)

From today’s perspective, the Irish team which travelled to the 1980 Olympics in Moscow looks like one of our strongest ever. Four of that team ended their careers as world champions and Irish sporting legends – Barry McGuigan, Stephen Roche, … Continue reading

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Paris Diamond League 2012 – a trackside view

I had the good fortune to be at the Diamond League meeting at the Stade de France in Paris last night. What’s more, we had front row seats right beside the finish line! (Your blogger has great influence Seine-side, though … Continue reading

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Hurdler on the ditch

Writing these blog posts about my marathon running, I find myself remembering long-forgotten scenes from my under-age athletics years: Did you know that I used to be a hurdler? My two brothers and I were members of the local juvenile … Continue reading

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Race walking – no walk in the park

Congratulations to Colin Griffin, who has qualified for the Olympic 50km walk. Clocking 3:52:55 to finish 15th at today’s IAAF World Cup of Race Walking in Saransk, Russia, the Leitrim man had 6 minutes to spare on the Olympic A-standard … Continue reading

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Men in tights!

Anyone here want to see me in skintight lycra or revealing tights? Didn’t think so. Last week’s mild weather has disappeared and it’s a bit nippy here on Seine-side again. For runners, that means the winter wardrobe gets another week … Continue reading

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