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(...)

Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton didn’t feel competitive over the 10,000m distance. Photograph: Inpho

He said it was better than he ever felt. And the trick for Mark English now is to keep feeling that way. Because in this sort of form his 800m final (...)

Ireland’s Thomas Barr on his way to qualifying from his heat of the men’s 400m hurdles during day one of the  European Athletics Championships at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

As an exercise in clearing the first hurdle – or 10 of them, to be exact – Thomas Barr got it perfectly right inside the Letzigrund Stadium this morni(...)

Ciarán Ó Lionáird (centre) will be joined by  Paul Robinson and John Travers in the 1,500 metres at the European Championships next month. Photograph: Inpho

A team of 30 Irish athletes with at least three medal favourites have been selected for the European Athletics Championships, which take place in Zuri(...)

Ciarán Ó Lionáird from Leevale on his way to winning his 1,500m heat at the Morton Stadium.

So the stage is now set for a fascinating 1,500 metres showdown at the National Track and Field Championships at Santry - after the four main contende(...)

Ireland’s Paul Robinson has already ran inside the qualifying time of 3:39.30 for the 1,500m in European Championships but is not yet assured of qualificiation. Photograph: Inpho.

Just when it seemed Athletics Ireland had it nice and straightforward ahead of next month’s European Championships in Zurich, things suddenly turned a(...)

Ireland’s Kelly Proper in action during the long jump at the Cork City Sports, CIT, last night. Photograph: Donall Farmer/ Inpho

This was a sprint when he’s aiming for more than a full marathon distance longer, although Robert Heffernan was still thrown a little off track in Co(...)

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(...)

Men’s Javelin competitor Terry McHugh in action at the Sydney Olympics. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

When it seemed another week of nothing but high praise for Brian O’Driscoll sounded a bit repetitive, along came some reminders of what it mean(...)

Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton: “I lost my European title. I’ve finished second here, and that’s not the worst, but I’ve won this the last two years too, so I do really feel like I just lost this as well.”  Photo: Declan Roughan/Inpho

There’s nothing wrong with finishing second in one of the headline events of the cross country season. For Fionnuala Britton it just doesn’t beat that(...)