Ireland’s Paul Pollock (r) continues to strengthen his chances of competing in the Rio Olympics Photograph: INPHO/Sasa Pahic Szabo

Paul Pollock is fast improving his chances of securing Rio Olympic marathon qualification after leading the Irish team to a seventh place finish at th(...)

Mark English will run the 800m at the  World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland will have just two representatives at the World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon later this month, with Mark English qualifying for th(...)

Martin Fagan ran inside the marathon qualification time for the 2016 Olympic Games during a race in Zurich. Photogrph:  Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Martin Fagan fully expected some degree of contention, and now here it comes: because in running 2:16:09 at the Zurich marathon Fagan has almost certa(...)

Ireland’s Martin Fagan has made the qualifying time for the Rio Olympic Games after running a time of      2:16:09 at the Zurich marathon in his first race back after a two-year ban for doping. Photo:  Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

In running 2:16:09 at the Zurich marathon, Martin Fagan has quite probably qualified for the Rio Olympics, and almost certainly divided opinion.It’s s(...)

Photographers scramble to get out of the runners’ way at the start of the Belfast Marathon. Photograph:  Alan Lewis/PhotopressBelfast.co.uk

There were a couple of surprises at yesterday’s Belfast City Marathon. The first was that the sun came out and it staye(...)