Stephen Scullion: ‘That’s the best, most controlled I’ve felt in a marathon. A few things to work on and I’ll run sub 2.10 again  that’s for sure.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Anyone who has run a marathon knows the importance of their shoes fitting properly and an enforced swap shortly before Sunday’s Rotterdam event clearl(...)

Benson Kipruto  and Diana Kipyogei  of Kenya hold up the victory trophy after taking first place in the professional men’s and women’s divisions during the 125th Boston Marathon. Photograph: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

By its own gentle admission the Boston Marathon had been calling out now for over 900 days already and the 125th running of the event on Monday finish(...)

 Mick Clohisey: the national marathon champion from 2018 is scheduled to run in Sunday’s Belfast Marathon.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

There will be no international elite field, no spectators at the start, no pacing and no handing out of energy foods along the way, and still no shor(...)

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge celebrates retaining his  Men’s Marathon crown as he crosses the finish line  at Sapporo Odori Park, Sapporo. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The greatest of all time. The greatest of all time. Believe me there are a few athletes carved out across several events who are walking away from T(...)

 Faith Kipyegon of Kenya goes past Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands on her way to winning gold in the women’s 1,500m final  at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Photograph: Diego Azubel/EPA

No harm in trying, as mad as it was, Sifan Hassan denied an unprecedented distance running treble at the second last step and only after she helped ma(...)

Ireland’s Leona Maguire has ground to make up in the final round of the women’s individual stroke play golf. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire both have ground to make up in the final round of the women’s individual strokeplay golf in the early hours of Satu(...)

Mark English booked his Tokyo berth a matter of hours before Tuesday’s midnight deadline. File photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Imagine waking up in the morning to discover you’ve qualified for the Olympics, then having to double check to make sure the dream is indeed the reali(...)

Stephen Scullion celebrates after winning the Irish national title at the KBC Dublin Marathon in 2019. Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Stephen Scullion is sitting in the same bedroom in the Belfast family home where he promptly admits to waking up a few days before last Christmas in a(...)

Christopher O’Donnell, Shartene Mawdsley, Thomas Barr and Phil Healy of Ireland after the 4x400 Metres Relay Mixed at the World Athletics Relays Silesia21. Photo: PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images

Medals or no medals – and unfortunately no, despite some congratulatory messages it wasn’t a championship event – the 2021 World Athletics Relays in S(...)

Elite Irish athlete Aoife Cooke: ‘I’m so just grateful to get the opportunity.’ File photograph: Inpho

The MS Stena Adventurer left Dublin Port at 8.15am and among the few passengers sharing the early morning glory of the sunny crossing is Aoife Cooke. (...)

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