The leaders in the women’s senior race at the Irish Life Health National Cross Country Championships in Abbotstown,  Co Dublin, on Sunday. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

It takes considerable strength and character to win an Irish senior cross-country title, and out of nowhere, it seemed, Shona Heaslip found exactly th(...)

Ireland’s Sara Louise Treacy during the 3000m steeplechase round one on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s hard enough running a 3,000m race that includes 28 barriers, each two and a half feet high, plus seven water jumps, without having athletes getti(...)

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean celebrates winning a bronze medal in the women’s 1500 metres at the European Championships. Photograph: Karel Delvoije/Ipho

It was the last day of the European Athletics Championships, and it felt a little like Groundhog Day for Derval O’Rourke, Jerry Kiernan and I inside t(...)

Rob Heffernan is the first Irish athlete to  be  selected for five consecutive summer Olympic Games after being named among a 17-strong team for Rio. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It’s not the largest ever Irish athletics team being sent to the Olympics but it’s already somewhat historic, Rob Heffernan becoming the first athlet(...)

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the 1500m  at the European Athletics Championship in Amsterdam. Photograph:  Karel Delvoije/Inpho

You know what they say about talent and the face of adversity, and Ciara Mageean is now smiling right back at it, a European Championship bronze medal(...)

Ireland’s Ciara  Mageean leads during her qualifying heat for the women’s 1500 metres at the  European Athletics Championships  in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Not every athlete can justify or afford to celebrate making a European Championship final with such deep satisfaction although for Ciara Mageean it’s (...)

Sara Treacy is in confident mood for the Olympics. “Everything indicates I’m in shape to run a personal best,” she says. “I just have to do it. It’s all about Rio.” Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

According to all the bibles of sports science, the key to success in any athletic event is to choose your parents wisely. Sara Treacy made a good choi(...)

 Conor Duffy of Glaslough Harriers AC celebrates after winning the Men’s 5000m ahead of Conor Bradley of City of Derry AC Spartans, right,  in Santry. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

It’s a rare thing for Mark English to punch the air at the finish of any race, only this felt good, very good. In the small step of winning back the 8(...)

Irish men’s 800metre champion Mark English has a relatively easy opening heat at the IAAF World Athletic Championships. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho.

(In order of appearance, times Irish) Mark English (UCD AC) – Men’s 800m (heats Saturday, 4:50am) After a rollercoaster summer, emotionally a(...)

Sara Treacy was one of three Irish athletes to make the qualifying time for the 3,000 metres steeplechase at next year’s Olympics in Rio during a race in Letterkenny. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

That old feeling of waiting around for something only for it to arrive in multiplicity is certainly true about the three Irish women who qualified for(...)