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Improve your marathon time!

I ran the 2011 Dublin Marathon, my fourth marathon, in 3:44.30. Six months later I ran my next race, the 2012 Paris Marathon, in 3:32.10. Here’s how I took 12 minutes off my marathon time thanks to 5 changes I made … Continue reading

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Joe Strummer and the Paris Marathon

You may think that long-distance running is hardly the stuff of rock n’roll living, but you’d be wrong. This is the story of how Joe Strummer, at the height of The Clash’s fame, ran the Paris Marathon. It’s April 1982, … Continue reading

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Breaking the ice!

The story so far: Your hero, born of a mild climate, triumphed over adversity and almost a whole inch of blizzard-like conditions by going for his first-ever run on the snow. However, yesterday’s snow threatened to become today’s lethal ice. Now read on… Going to work … Continue reading

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The 5-day week

God made the world in a week, only taking one day off. I’m training for a marathon, and I’m taking two. Last summer, ahead of the Dublin Marathon, I ran six days a week. This included a long run and … Continue reading

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Ava Hutchinson: Houston, we have an Olympian!

Well done to Ava Hutchinson, who has qualified for the Olympic marathon. In yesterday’s Houston marathon the Dundrum woman ran 2:35:33, a minute and a half inside the A standard for London, to finish fourth. She now joins Linda Byrne and Mark … Continue reading

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Runner’s little helper

My best time for the marathon is 3 hours, 27 minutes, 58 seconds. If someone offered me a product to guarantee I got home in 2 hours 59 minutes, would I take it? Oh, and I’d have to tell no … Continue reading

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