Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto broke the world record as he won  the 41th edition of the Berlin Marathon in Berlin last September. Photo: Tobias Schwartz/Getty

New studies suggest that fatigue can be influenced by levels of motivation as much as effort

Annmarie McGlynn, Fionnuala Britton, Michelle Finn, Sara Treacy, Siobhan O’Doherty and Laura Crowe show off their medals in Samokov yesterday. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Former champion disappointed with run as Britain’s Gemma Steel takes gold

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

Bronze a great, if unexpected, return at European Cross Country champions

 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

Disappointment for Wicklow cross-country runner turns to smiles as she leads side to podium finish in Bulgaria

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

The tiresome slog of training for distance running can be worth it at finishing line

Ireland rugby players Jenny Murphy, Sophie Spence and Shannon Huston who are hoping to qualify for the rugby sevens at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Money distributed to 18 sporting bodies in preparation for Rio Games in 2016

Rhode manager Pat Daly. His side have lost three Leinster Club SFC finals in seven years and play Dublin champions St Vincent’s with hopes of going one better this time around. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Offaly champions know St Vincent’s are formidable but they want to set record straight

Catherina McKiernan, Albertina Dias of Portugal and Lynn Jennings of the USA stand on the winners’ podium after the  1993 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Amorebieta, Spain. Diaz won the gold medal, McKiernan the silver and Jennings the bronze. Photograph: Gray Mortimore/Allsport

1994 champion won four silver medals at the world cross country championships

St Vincent’s Dermot Connolly in action against Damien Rushe of Garrycastle during the Leinster semi-final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rhode next up for champions who include mixed martial arts in their training regime

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