Lizzie Lee crosses the line after finishing third in the Dublin Marathon. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Not quite a home victory, but two hometown heroes nonetheless - first Mick Clohisey and then Lizzie Lee making their Irish presence felt at the very e(...)

A general view of runners in the Phoenix Park during the 2018 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

The 39th Dublin City Marathon got under way in the city Sunday morning with the first runners crossing the starting line at 8.55am and the last of tho(...)

Freddy Sittuk of Raheny Shamrocks after crossing the line to take the Irish title. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Marathon running has always been a combination of agony and ecstasy, only not the way Gary O’Hanlon is feeling it right now. Because moments after cr(...)

Laura Graham crosses the finish line to win the ladies race in the 2017 Belfast City Marathon last May. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

There are lots of good ways to fine-tune your marathon preparations, and running a marathon is not normally considered one of them. For Laura Graham, (...)

Laura Graham: First Irish woman to finish in Sunday’s Dublin Marathon. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

There is absolutely no scientific proof that childbirth can enhance marathon performances, although Laura Graham presents some compelling evidence. I(...)

Sergiu Ciobanu celebrates winning the Irish national marathon championship with his on Daniel, aged 4 months, at the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon at Merrion Square in Dublin. Photograph:   Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Rarely has the Dublin Marathon been won with greater ease or indeed authority, and such was Dereje Debele Tulu’s look of apparent effortlessness at th(...)

Thousands of runners on  Fitzwilliam Street Upper for the start of last year’s Dublin Marathon. The expected figure of 19,500 runners this year is well up on last year’s 13,000 total. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Trouble can come at you from all directions in the Dublin Marathon. Cramp, stitch, or even worse, like a few years ago when a dog ran out in front of(...)

Caroline Lyons in the AlterG, an anti-gravity treadmill, at the Muscle Clinic in Clontarf, Dublin 3, with its clinic director, Pat Byrne. Byrne wanted to make the machine accessible to so-called ‘normal’ people rather than just the sporting elite. Photograph: Alan Betson
Take the weight off

Back in 2008, word spread in US athletic circles that Nike was using new Nasa technology to train its sponsored athletes like Mo Farrah. The “AlterG” (...)