Noel Carroll

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Airport operations crew for the Tokyo 2020 wait for Olympic athletes and officials arriving on a flight from Doha at Narita international airport in Narita, Chiba prefecture. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP via Getty Images

The original plan was to test the endurance over 26.2 miles of hard slog through the streets of Tokyo and get some idea of what it’s like to run a mar(...)

Mark English on his way to winning the men’s 800m, ahead of Cian McPhillips at the Athletics Ireland Elite Micro Meet. Photograph: Sportsfile

The plan was for some race experience ahead of next month’s European Indoor Championships in Poland only Mark English came away with a lot more, brea(...)

 US president Joe Biden speaking after being sworn in as the 46th president of the US during his inauguration in Washington, DC,  on January 20th. Photograph: EPA/Jonathan Ernst

The ascendance to the White House this week of Joe Biden brought to an end four years of turbulence under his predecessor Donald Trump. The new US pre(...)

The UK government was this week urged to reclassify swimming pools, gyms and leisure centres as essential services vital to public health. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It was Wednesday evening before I got out for my Monday morning run this week and straightaway the warning signs were not good. The gentlest quiveri(...)

 The Irish team, led by flag bearer and hammer thrower John Lawlor, enter the National Stadium at the opening ceremony of the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.

Sayonara – only instead of the farewell blessing to what should have been the end of 2020 Tokyo Olympics this weekend, it is the wishful thinking that(...)

Ireland’s world record-breaking quartet on their lap of honour after setting a new time at Belfleld (L-R Frank O’Mara, Marcus O’Sullivan, Ray Flynn and Eamonn Coghlan). Photograph: Dermot O’Shea/The Irish Times

The idea was to stage some sort of world record attempt on the grass track and raise a few quid towards the famine in Ethiopia. Truth is John O’Shea h(...)

Jonathan Smith: ‘Take some deep, deep breaths, exhale slowly, and definitely don’t gasp’

The first step is to relax and get your five litres of blood running three times around the world. Then it’s about feeling and thinking and not once c(...)

Australia’s Herb Elliott crosses  the finish line to win the  Olympic 1,500m  in Rome in 1960. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

I am running with my legs, and not on them. My knee lift is minimal and my arms are swinging just below waist level, softly tensioned as if carrying a(...)

Basil Clifford: Although he didn’t make it out of his 1,500m heat, Clifford was rightly welcomed back to Donore as a hero and inspiration following his appearance at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.

We picked up the messages first and then did a quick swing by O’Briens. When you’ve two elderly parents still living nearby, and they’re both under th(...)

Dr Donal de Buitléir who has run every marathon over the last 39 years and is hoping to complete his fortieth today.

Dr Donal de Buitléir has run every marathon over the last 39 years and is a member of select “39 club”. This afternoon, all going well, he will join (...)

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