Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton finished sixth at the European Cross Country Championships in Samokov, Bulgaria. Photograph. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo.

Sometimes the best medals are the ones we don’t expect, those won not from the front but from behind, when bronze shines almost as sweetly as gold.No(...)

 Fionnuala Britton (right) and Sara Treacy helped Ireland  claimed the bronze in the women’s  team event at the   European Cross-Country in  Samokov, Bulgaria. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

There was mud, there was snow, there was sweat, and in the end there was the pleasant surprise of bronze medals for the Irish women’s team at the Euro(...)

Sonia O’Sullivan had a wonderful year in 1995, winning the World Athletics Championships women’s 5000m. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho.

On this date 20 years ago Sonia O’Sullivan felt rubbish and unmotivated. She started off with her usual warm-up around Richmond Park, close to her (...)

Ireland’s Roisin McGettigan and Russia’s Anna Alminova compete in the heats of the women’s 1,500m at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Turin in 2009. When Alminova was stripped of the gold medal, McGettigan received the bronze. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

She didn’t name any names, nor indeed could she, although Roisin McGettigan is pretty certain other Irish athletes have been denied a place on the med(...)

 Fionnuala Britton, Kilcoole AC, Co. Wicklow, on her way to winning the Senior Women’s 8000m race at the GloHealth Inter County  Cross Country Championships at Dundalk Institute of Technology,  Co. Louth. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy / Sportsfile

Only the untouchables of cross country running make it look this easy, and in defending her National Inter-counties title Fionnuala Britton sent out (...)

“Rory’s got that real athlete’s body now,” said Greg Allen of RTÉ of the world’s number one golfer, Rory McIlroy, “not totally ripped, in the Tiger Woods sense; he’s just superbly conditioned, especially when you watch him from behind”. Photograph: Hunter Martin/Getty Images

I was having a beer with Greg Allen in Zurich last weekend and he was telling me about Rory McIlroy’s arse. It was early and the beer was light and it(...)

 Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton finished in 10th position in the marathon in Zurich. Photograph: Morgan Treacy / Inpho

As debut marathons gme o Fionnuala Britton had good reason to be satisfied with her 10th place finish at the European Championships in Zurich earlier(...)

Martin Fagan of Mullingar Harriers AC crosses the finishing line to win the Terenure five-mile road race. Photograph: Tomás Greally

A welcome returns go Martin Fagan got it all perfectly right when winning the Terenure 5-Mile Road Race in Dublin yesterday - his first major outing s(...)

A dejected Fionnula Britton had to settle for fourth place in the Great Ireland Run over 10km in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

IAN O’RIORDAN: Road racing was never her forte and yet Fionnuala Britton found herself surprisingly off the pace at yesterday’s(...)

The start of the Junior Great Ireland Run, during the Spar Great Ireland Run 2014. Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph: Tomás Greally/Sportsfile

The daughters of Sonia O’Sullivan and Catherina McKiernan ran in their mother’s footsteps yesterday when they came first and third in(...)