Claire McCarthy running the Women’s Half Marathon at the 2016 European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam. Her selection for London was confirmed last month. Photograph: Karel Delvoije/Inpho

There are now several well-founded benefits for women distance runners returning to their sport after giving birth. As there appear to be in most endu(...)

The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman Of The Year Awards winners. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Olympic silver medallist Annalise Murphy has been crowned The Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year for 2016. The 26-year-old claimed sil(...)

Ireland’s Fionnuala McCormack competes during Sunday’s European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Italy. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho.

Nationality cannot count for anything when the only link to that country is the financial incentive offered to represent it, and no athlete has lost m(...)

 Team Turkey: It’s only been a couple of years since 46 of Turkey’s international athletes were added to the IAAF’s banned list, for assorted transgressions, including doping. Photograph:  Tullio M Puglia/Getty Images for European Athletics

As the morning wore on, Jerry Kiernan sounded like a man who’d wished he’d stayed in bed. “Between the Turks with their three Kenyans and Spain with t(...)

Fionnuala McCormack during the European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Italy. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Déjà vu all over again - because not for the first time, Fionnuala McCormack was run off the European Cross Country medal podium by the uncomfortably(...)

Ireland’s Fionnuala McCormack will be hoping to regain the European Cross Country title in Chia, Italy, on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Strange how the build-up to Sunday’s European Cross County in Chia, Italy, has been about athletes who possibly shouldn’t be there as much as the athl(...)

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(...)

Using synchronous music is beneficial during repetitive endurance activity

I don’t use hairy twine to lace up my running shoes, but I’m still an old-fashioned runner. For example, I’m baffled by those who start marathons lad(...)

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(...)

 Fionnuala McCormack  on her way to winning the senior women’s race during the Autumn open cross country festival at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Two months after her 20th- place finish in the Rio Olympic marathon Fionnuala McCormack was bringing it all back home, winning the first race of the s(...)

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