• Where to Run April 22-30

    Note: Races ordered by province – Leinster, Munster, Connacht, Ulster. Corrections/additions/flyers welcome.   Tuesday April ...

Brandon and Curley Win Battle of Clontarf

Amid the debris of the Battle of Clontarf  millennium celebration, 334 turned out for the inaugural Battle of Clontarf Brian Boru 10-Mile in St Anne’s Park. On a glorious spring morning, Peter Brandon, a 21-year-old athlete from Kenya on his first visit to Ireland, was soon pushing the pace. After winning the Connemarathon Half Marathon […]

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Round-Up: Robinson 2nd in Boston Mile; Meath Titles for Kavanagh, Martin

Paul Robinson of St Coca’s finished second in an invitational mile run in association with the Boston Marathon. His time in a tactical race was 4 mins 12 secs. Winner of the race was Nick Willis of New Zealand in 4:11.3. Leo Manzano of the USA was third bin 4:13.3. In Florida, Lisburn’s Amy Foster […]

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Numbers up in Athletics – But Women Scarce at the Top

For anyone who appreciates a close analysis of statistics, the syllabus for next weekend’s Athletics Ireland Congress provides an interesting snapshot of the sport today. Athletics Ireland now has a membership of almost 50,000 – 49,542 to be precise. That’s an increase of 17% – or 7,248 – on last year’s figure of 42,294. Even […]

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Round-Up: Duncan runs 2:33 at London Marathon, Sligo and Leevale Take Relay Titles

Edinburgh-based Galway woman Nicola Duncan ran a superb personal best of 2 hours 33 minutes 28 secs at today’s London Marathon.  This is the fastest by an Irishwoman since November 2005 when Marie Davenport ran 2:33.59 in New York – over eight years ago. Duncan went through the the half way point in 75 mins […]

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Round-up: Universities Record for Foroughi

Kourosh Foroughi of DCU  set a new record of 2.12 for the men’s high jump at the Irish Universities Track and Field Championships hosted – for the first time ever – by Waterford IT. The weekend’s  other records both fell to DCU in the relays -  3:16.00 in the men’s 4x400m and 46.12 secs in […]

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Book Review: Running Free by Richard Askwith

Book Review: Running Free by Richard Askwith  (Yellow Jersey Press, London, 2014) Richard Askwith calls it “Big Running”. It’s when a natural and instinctive activity falls prey to the marketing men; when running becomes something we spent money on expecting certain returns, rather than a simple activity that  enriches our lives. It’s when over-hyped and […]

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