Mary McCarthy: ‘Did I embrace the long runs and the sanctioned leave from the kitchen and the kids? Not exactly.’

Nobody was more surprised than me when I ran the Dublin Marathon last year in 4 hours, 21 minutes. This was faster than 40 per cent of participants an(...)

Ireland’s Mark English is interviewed on his return home from winning silver at the European indoors in Prague. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It was shortly after turning the dial when Mark English came on Today with Sean O’Rourke. The immediate fear was this could go either way, a bit like (...)

Athletes are instructed in running techniques at the Masters of Running workshop in Brockagh Resourse Centre, Laragh, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke

This was not what I had expected. I’m squatting in the Wicklow sun with a broom handle under my bare feet and my ankles and Achilles tendon are scr(...)