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Livestream - World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold Meet - Villa de Madrid - February 2021

World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold Final Meet 2021

Madrid, Spain

Wednesday February 24th 2021


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The 2 hour:05 minute meet will be streamed on the World Athletics YouTube channel and Facebook page, starting 16:10 GMT today. It will also be covered in full on TG4 television

Startlist, Timetable & Results


Villa de Madrid Website



Sarah Lavin is off at 4:08pm in Race 2 of the Women's 60m, Louise Shanahan (Leevale AC) and Nadia Power are on track at 4:35pm, in the Women's 800m, Leon Reid is in the men's 60m at 4:53pm, and Andrew Coscoran goes in the 1500m at 5:57pm. Coverage on TG4 begins at 3:55pm


Louise ShanahanLouise Shanahan, Leevale-AC competes in the Women's 800m


Startlist - Women's 800m

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Startlist - Men's 60mvilla de madrid indoors 2021 startlist 60m men


Startlist - Women's 60m

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Startlist - Men's 1500m


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Four Cork Athletes on Strong Irish Squad for European Indoors - March 2021

Strong Cork Representation for European IndoorChampionships

Torún, Poland

March 5th - 7th 2021


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Phil Healy, Bandon AC Joan Healy, Leevale AC Michelle Finn, Leevale AC Darragh McElhinney, UCD AC


Three athletes with Cork Clubs, sisters Phil Healy (Bandon AC) and Joan Healy (Leevale AC), along with Michelle Finn (Leevale AC) are joined by Glengarriff man, Darragh McElhinney, formerly with Bantry AC but now running with his college club, UCD AC

There had also been high hopes that another Leevale athlete, Louise Shanahan might have booked her place with two big 800m performances in the lead up, including a 2:01.67 run in yesterday's AAI Micro-Meet in Dublin. However it appears that the selection panel opted strictly for times, and when Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner (DSD AC) regained her Irish record at the eleventh-hour, with a 2:00.58 performance, at Round 4 of the American Track League, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA late last night, just before the qualification deadline window closed, the die was set.

Nevertheless, Shanahan's long-term goal has been the 2024 Paris Olympics, while she continues her Ph. D. at Cambridge University, her progress suggests that she will be in contention for a place in Paris.

Athletics Ireland Release

Irish Squad for Torún

Leon Reid 60m Menapians AC James Hillier
Israel Olatunde 60m UCD AC Daniel Kilgallon
Dean Adams 60m Ballymena & Antrim AC Alan Kennedy
Ciara Neville 60m Emerald AC Noelle Morrissey
Joan Healy 60m Leevale AC Alan Mahoney
Molly Scott 60m SLOT AC Deirdre Scott
Phil Healy 400m Bandon AC Shane McCormack
Sophie Becker 400m Raheny Shamrock AC Jeremy Lyons
Sharlene Mawdsley 400m Newport AC Gary Ryan
Mark English 800m Finn Valley AC Feidhlim Kelly
Cian McPhillips 800m Longford AC Joe Ryan
John Fitzsimons 800m Finn Valley AC Joe Ryan
Nadia Power 800m Dublin City Harriers AC Enda Fitzpatrick
Siofra Cleirigh Buttner 800m Dundrum South Dublin AC Mark Coogan
Georole Hartigan 800m Dundrum South Dublin AC Bev Hartigan
Andrew Coscoran 1500m Star of the Sea AC Feidhhm Kelly
Paul Robinson 1500m St Coca's AC Nick Bideau
Luke McCann 1500m U.C.D. AC Clarke McCann
Ciara Mageean 1500m City of Lisburn AC Steve Vernon
John Travers 3000m Donore Harriers Alan McCormack
Sean Tobin 3000m Clonmel AC Feidhlim Kelly
Darragh McElhinney 3000m U.C.D. AC Emmett Dunieavy
Michelle Finn 3000m Leevale AC Feidhlim Kelly
Sarah Lavin 60mH Emerald AC Noelle Morrissey


Paul McNamara, Athletics Ireland High Performance Director, stated:

“It has been a remarkable indoor season so far in 2021, for many reasons, and this is reflected in both the size and quality of the team travelling to Poland.  Despite higher qualification standards and fewer opportunities to compete, Irish athletes nailed their opportunity when it presented itself, most notably this past weekend at the Irish Life Health Elite Micro-Meet, and we now have an unprecedented 24 athletes who have earned selection for the 2021 European Athletics Indoor Championships, with many more who have posted qualification standards missing out due to the three athletes per event limit”.

Second Place Finish for Fearghal Curtin in Arizona Cross-Country - February 2021

Second Place for Fearghal Curtin in Dave Murray Invitational

Rolling Hills Golf Club, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Friday February 19th 2021


fearghal curtin arizona state universityFearghal Curtin, Arizona State University & Youghal AC

With much of the US suffering from severe weather, extreme cold conditions, and many parts under a heavy blanket of snow, with many athletics meets in jeopardy, Fearghal Curtin, Arizona State and Youghal AC, ran the 8k Dave Murray Invitational Cross-Country in contrasting conditions with sunny weather and 19C. 

Fearghal was in third place at the first split, moving up to second place for the rest of the race, finishing in 24:36.6, behind winner Victor Ortiz-Rivera (24:23.6), from the host University.

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Individual Results


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Fearghal Curtin Sportsfile Sam BarnesFearghal Curtin, Arizona State and Youghal AC


800m European Indoor Standard for Louise Shanahan - February 2021

Louise Shanahan, Leevale AC runs 2:03.52 Indoor 800m

Bryggen Sports Invitational, Manchester

Saturday 13th February 2021



Louise Shanahan Athletics IrelandLouise Shanahan, Leevale AC

Louise Shanahan ran 2:03.52, behind Ellie Baker (UK), who ran an indoor PB of 2:02.73, with Ireland duo Katie Kirk third in 2:04.49 and Ciara Mageean fourth in 2:04.40. Shanahan now has achieved the Athletics Ireland 800m qualifying standard of 2:03.85.

Kirk was inside the European Athletics standard of 2:05.50, but fell short of the higher standard stipulated by Athletics Ireland. Mageean has already achieved the mark, by virtue of her outdoor 800m Irish record of 1:59.69, set last summer.  Mageean put her slight dip in form down to her reaction to the recent unexpected death of her coach Jerry Kiernan, which she said, understandably, had taken "more from me than I anticipated"


Iseult O'Donnell, with 2:03.27, also makes 800m Time

Meeting Val d'Oise, Eaubonne, France - Saturday Feb 13th

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Elsewhere, at the Meeting Val d'Oise, Eaubonne, France, Iseult O'Donnell won the women's 800m, in 2:03.27, to also achieve the qualification standard.

800m 1 Iseult O'Donnell (irl) 2:03.27; 2 Charlotte Mouchet 2:04.18; 3 Narimane Amara (alg) 2:06.31; 4 Sara Benfares 2:06.32; 5 Meriem Sahnoune 2:06.74



And....Nadia Power also Makes Mark, with 2:02.83

IFAM (Flanders), Gent Belgium, Saturday Feb 13th

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Nadia Power, with 2:02.83, stormed to victory in the 800m at the IFAM meeting in Gent, Belgium today, and had a margin of almost a second to spare on Tanja Spill (Germany). Claire Mooney was 6th, in 2:06.79

800m Women 1 Nadia Power (irl) 2:02.83; 2 Tanja Spill (ger) 2:03.75; 3 Elena Bello (ita) 2:03.91; 4 Mirte Fannes 2:04.62; 5 Diana Mezulianiková (cze) 2:04.76; 6 Claire Mooney (irl) 2:06.79

400m Men Vladimir Aceti (ita) 46.77 1h1; Samuel García (esp) 46.90 1h2; Robert Parge (rou) 47.26 2h2; Alexander Doom 47.32 3h2; Christian Iguacel 47.39 4h2; Yousef Karam (kuw) 47.53 2h1; Dylan Borlée 48.04 3h1; Luke Lennon-Ford (irl) 48.48 4h1

400m Women Andrea Miklos (rou) 52.54 1h3; Camille Laus 53.54 2h3; Imke Vervaert 53.65 3h3; Hanne Maudens 53.95 1h2; Sara Slott-Petersen (den) 54.03; Paulien Couckuyt 54.44 3h2; Margo Van Puyvelde 54.47 4h2; Sharlene Mawdsley (irl) 54.86 1h1

Womens 800m

More videos from IFAM Meet

And Today's action isn't over yet!
Siofra Clerigh-Buttner is up next tonight, in the 1500m at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, in the USA

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4:09.67 PB fror Clerigh-Buttner in Women's 1500m, placing her second on the Irish All-Time 1500m Indoor listings, behind Ciara Mageean (4:06.42)

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800m European Indoors Selection Quandry

This all leaves Irish selectors with the problem of deciding who goes to the European indoor Championships, which will be held in Torún, Poland, from March 5th to 7th. Ireland, as with all the other countries, can select four (4) athletes to go to the Championships, but only three (3) may run. Ireland has four qualifiers to date, with several more 'knocking on the door'.  It's a great position for Ireland to be in, but it surely means that someone who, in spite of all the training and competition hurdles due to the pandemic, has achieved these high standard, will nevertheless be disappointed.


Laura Nicholson, Temple University & Bandon AC Runs 10:05.70

H-Town Speed City Series - Meet III - Saturday Feb 13, 2021

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No Irish at CMCM Meet

CMCM Results

Other Irish in action during week

Kingston, Rhode Island, USA, Thurs Feb 11th
3.000m 1 Lilly Tuck 9:30.10; 2 Laura Mooney (irl) 9.49.94; ... 4 Orla O'Connor (irl) 10:08.13


Meeting de l'Eure - Sunday Feb 14th
Val de Reiul, Normandy, France

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4:15.23 1500m PB for Michelle Finn


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Michelle Finn, Leevale AC, ran a 4:15.23 PB to win the women's 1500m at the Meeting de l'Eure, in Normandy, France today.  Michelle had a 10 second margin over Frenchwoman Flavie Renouard. Michelle's time brings her up to 14th on the All-Time Irish women's indoor 1500m standings.


Mens 1500m


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Later, Togher AC's Liam Harris ran 3:56.31, behind winner Brian Fay, who ran a 3:41.73 PB, followed by Luke McCann, in 3:42.03, with the pair making all the running during the race.


Interview with Christophe Herle Winner of Galtee Grange International Cross-Country 1985

Christophe Herle - Grange International Cross-Country 1985 Winner Interviewed

Fermoy, Co Cork

January 27th 1985

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Interview by Fr. Liam Kelleher from Marathon Magazine, March 1985, Vol 23, No 2



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Top 3 - Herle 1st, Marninskie 2nd, Schweider 3rd


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Christophe Herle


Interview with winner of crosscountry race in Fermoy on January 27 - Christophe Herle (West Germany)


In Fermoy we have this evening Christophe Herle, winner of the Galtee Fermoy cross-country race of 1985.

Fr. Liam: Christophe a very good success today in Fermoy.
Christophe: That's right, I was very lucky with my performance here and I didn't think I could win this easily with all the good runners in the field, but after two laps I felt very strong, so I pulled away and had an easy victory.

Fr. Liam: Speaking to a number of athletes since the race, a number of them found it very difficult with the mud today.
Christophe: Yes.

Fr. Liam: How did you manage ?
Christophe: I don’t know, I think if you're in very good condition, it doesn't matter if it was very muddy but normally I'd rather have a course with not so much mud because my main event is track running, and I prefer drier conditions.

Fr. Liam: Does this augur well for you in Lisbon ?
Christophe: Right this year I’m concentrating on Lisbon for the winter because there are no Olympic games, no World championships, so you can concentrate on the winter time, but as you know the World Championships is a very tough race, all runners from 1500m to the marathon all run in one race, so you never know where you end up actually.

Fr. Liam: On each visit to Ireland, you seem to attract the rain.
Christophe: Yes, that's right, I do.

Fr. Liam: I recall Limerick, 1979, where you had an excellent run for threequarters of the race.
Christophe: Yes.

Fr. Liam: is that right ?
Christophe: Yes, I had problems with the mud again. I was in this (1979) running in the European Championships indoors, and I finished second there with a German record of 7.45, and I was really fast at this time, but running in the mud really changed. I had to change my style so I think till the last lap I was among the first five, who were behind John Treacy, running a group and on the last lap, I really lost some ground.

Fr. Liam: Do you plan to come back to Fermoy next year to defend the title ?
Christophe: Let's see, last year I spent about six weeks in the United States in California for training and two years ago I was in New Zealand, so I think it is a very important year. So I'd rather go to another place for training, with which would interfere with my running in Fermoy.

Fr. Liam: What are your track plans for 1985?

Christophe: Lowering my time for the 10,000m. I was fifth in the Olympics in Los Angeles, and just ahead of my personal best 28.03 which should be better.

Fr. Liam: Have you any hopes to competed in the European indoors in Athens ?
Christophe: No, I don't think so, I do some indoor racing, but mainly my aim is to run in World Cross Country Championships.

Fr. Liam: Do you intend competing in some of the permit meets which will be on this season ?
Christophe: What do you mean by the Permit Meets.

Fr. Liam: The Big Permit meets which are now sanctioned by the I.AA.F.
Christophe: l think it doesn't make too much difference for runners. We choose what we like, not just like sprinters or jumpers, they weed the Grand Prix meets more than middle distance runners.

Fr. Liam: I heard a whisper this evening that you're going to come back to the Cork City Sports in July ?
Christophe: Maybe, I was asked last year to come here, but let's see, I make up my track plans after the Cross-Country season.

Fr. Liam: It's been a good race each year for a number of years, and the atmosphere is very, very good there, Thomas Wessinghage liked it very much.

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A delighted Herle receives prize from Michael Murphy. Also included Fr. Michael O'Connell Adm.

Fr. Liam: Who did you expect before going into the race in Fermoy today to be your main opposition ?
Christophe: Actually, I know Steve Jones is ways running cross-country very, very coco and I never saw him running bad in a Cross-Country race and Eddie De Pau of Belgium. I didn't know anything about the Kenyan, and when you come to Ireland or Great Britain, you never know, they were good in cross-country.

Fr. Liam: How do you expect West Germany to do in the Men's Senior in Lisbon ?
Christophe: Actually, not very good, because we may have two or more three good runners, but after that - no.

Fr. Liam: When we are talking there about the World Cross Country, i just saw in one of the pictures in "Marathon", I didn't know it until you pointed it out to me that you just finished one place ahead of John Treacy in last year's race, you had a personal battle with Treacy, during the race or did it dawn on you that you were running togerher or was Limerick in your mind or anything tike that ?
Christophe: Actually, I was running with the leading group for almost half the race and then I had problems with my breathing because of the cold. I fell back and then I went with Cova and a Kenyan and I think there was a group a short bit behind with John Treacy in it. I think he tried to catch me with about 1 km to go and on the home straight I just got him again.

Fr. Liam: Speaking of John Treacy, were you surprised that he came back so well to run and get a silver medal in Los Angeles in the Marathon after the 10,000m in which he finished behind you ?
Christophe: Yea, I know I was surprised he didn't do better in the 10,000 and then doing so well in the Marathon. I think everyone was surprised at his performance. But as you see the good 10,000m runners were prepared for a marathon and can be very tough in the marathon.

Fr. Liam: Just sticking with the World Cross-Country. Do you think that John Treacy who has won twice has the ability to win again ?
Christophe: It’s very hard to tell. I think since Paris with the Kenyans, Ethiopians and the United States joining the Cross-Country World Championships, it's a much tougher event than it used to be. But John Treacy I think if he's in good condition, can finish among the first five five. You never know.

Fr. Liam: Do you expect to be up there and / suppose to Lopes on his home territory will be a big danger as well ?
Christophe: Right. Lopes and the whole Portugese team will be very good, with all of them preparing for it.

Fr. Liam: Do you think it will be more or less a track race when it's in a dry country like that ?
Christophe: I hope so!

Fr. Liam: I think it's in a race course ?
Christophe: Yes, but they have small hills and some obstacles.

Fr. Liam: Getting away now from the cross-country thing, do you think the changes in the IAAF. rules have helped sport from your point of view ?
Christophe: I think yes, a lot. I think it's very important. Our sport is almost professional now, but I'm not a professional. For running I think it has helped a lot, especially for the Western Countries. To make the attractive sport like running even more attractive, getting money from sponsors which I think is good for the sport.

Fr. Liam: Do you have an occupation in Germany ?
Christophe: Yes, I do. I'm an architect and I have my own office, and I have worked quite hard, but like next year, I'm going to have more free time for training.

Fr. Liam: Do you think you will ever move like John Walker and people like that, almost full time to the running ?
Christophe: No, I couldn’t. I think with running you don't have to train as much as a swimmer or a Gymnast, I think it's limited to two or three hours a day and then you can do something else.

Fr. Liam: I think Ronnie said that you competed about nine times in the World Cross-Country. What age were you when you competed in the first one ?
Christophe: I was in Germany - Dusseldorf in 1977. I was 22.

Fr. Liam: When did you begin in athletics ? In this country people, a tot of people begin very young like John Treacy. He's an exception to keep going, but I think in other European countries, people start later. When did you begin or how did you get involved in the sport ?
Christophe: I started in 1974 when I was 17 or 18.

Fr. Liam: Have you a background in sport before that ?
Christophe: I did sport, but not in the way I'm doing it now.

Fr. Liam: Was there any particular reason why you went into athletics ?
Christophe: I was staying in the U.S.A. in High School and they made me run.

Fr. Liam: When you found you were good at it, then you stayed at it.
Christophe: Right.

Fr. Liam: What do you enjoy most about the sport? This is very relaxed here, there's pressure obviously in places like Los Angeles. What would be the difference, say in a meet like this and something like Los Angeles or some major European Championship?
Christophe: In major championships you're concentrating the whole year on the Championship and this makes it very tough for your mind and you have to make up your mind to do all your training just for one meeting but like the race here and you think about it maybe one week before and then go there and race. So it's a lot less pressure on you actually, and if you don’t run good, nobody really cares, but in Los Angeles you care if you're not running well.

Fr. Liam: Had the German Federation an overall plan for many years before Los Angeles ?
Christophe: No I think our system is based on individuals, you have to make up your own decisions where to run and how you want to run and train. You get assistance from national coaches, but after all you still provide for yourself.

Fr. Liam: A question I'd like to ask is about advice for younger people, or are you at a stage where people ask for advice?
Christophe: I think when you concentrate on your own sport, on your own getting better, it is very hard to think about other people and coaching them. If you start coaching it is the end of your career. But we just founded a new club, close to Munich with the help of Nike and a lot of young people have come and asked me questions, and I help them, but not like coaching.

Fr. Liam: And what advice would you give then ?
Christophe: I like to advise them, that it's the most important thing to concentrate on what you really want to and not just to train and train, and think of the training as the most important thin you have to concentrate on are the races and not on the training. Be more relaxed while training and be more aware of competition.

Fr. Liam: Have you ever been plagued by any serious injuries?
Christophe: Not too much. I'm lucky like this. I had a very bad back injury in 1979 and I had some problems with my ankles, twisted ankley. But all in all I’m quite lucky.

Fr. Liam: This is a pretty free year for major championships. The Europeans are the next major meeting in Germany. Do you think on home territory now you're probably the host known after Tomas Wessinghage. Do you think that you can make a major breakthrough and maybe get a gold medal in I think it is Stuttgart, is it ?
Christophe: Yes, I think running at home is a little advantage, but it can be more pressure than running abroad. I think running in Europe is very tough with the East Germans and again maybe the Russians going out and the Italians. You never know what they do to their runners, and the Finnish (laugh).

Fr. Liam: Yes. I was just going to bring that question. I've spoken to a number of athletes recently and they have a lot of sympathy with Marty Vainio since he's at the cross roads now whether he is going to train or comeback, or write a story to save other people from what happened to him. What would your impression be?
Fr. Liam: Of the whole affair like. What happened in Los Angeles ?
Christophe: It's very curious about Marty Vainio. He was , it's so funny. I mean especially for the European Championships, in Athens where he got a bronze or silver medal, I don’t know, I think bronze, and the World Championships. In racing before this, he was real bad, not even running 8 mins in 3,000m races in Berlin. Only two weeks later, he won a bronze medal. I can't believe this in Helsinki. I don't know, but it's a pity. In long distance running taking dope is becoming more common.

Fr. Liam: Do you feel there was a similarity between Lasse Viren, Munich '72 and Montreal '76. I think he was more or less out of the mainstream of athletics in these four years.
Christophe: I think Viren was not taking anything for those 1972 Olympics, but certainly for '76 I think he took something. Still doping with blood - there can be little done about it.

Fr. Liam: A lot of people in future, are going to make a good living from the sport in depressed areas, particularly in Ireland, / think it would be a way out for a lot of people, but it's tough ?
Christophe: It is tough I think to earn money in track and field. You have to be quite good. We have good support in Germany from our clubs, but I think you don’t have it over here. If you have to earn money you have to go maybe to Britain or other places to earn money. Getting the ticket and getting out there is a hard job.

Fr. Liam: Well I think we'll leave it at that and we hope to see you back at Cork 800 celebrations for the 5,000m / presume. Is that your favourite or the 10,000.
Christophe: I can't tell. I like to run 5,000m. It's faster and there's more moving around. But certainly 10,000m in a major race is more interesting.

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800m and 3000m Indoor PB's for Stephanie Cotter & Michelle Finn

Colorado, USA & Normandy, France

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th February 2021


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Adams State Open Meet, High Altitude Training Center, Alamosa, Colorado, USA

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Stephanie Cotter, Adams State University and West Muskerry AC

Stephanie Cotter, Adams State University and West Muskerry AC, ran an indoor 800m PB of 2:16.04, described as "a stunning performance" by ASU, at the Adams State Open yesterday, and Qualified for the NCAA Division II Finals. Stephanie does have a "PB" of 2:09.49 from February 2019, but that is not deemed official.

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3000m Indoor PB for Michelle Finn
Val de Reuil Indoors, Normandy, France

Sunday February 7th 2021

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3000m Indoors PB for Michelle Finn

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Michelle Finn

Michelle Finn, Leevale AC, ran a 3k indoor PB of 9:02.34 today, at the Normandy League meet, at the Jesse Owens Stadium, in Val de Reuil. Michelle, who is coached by Feidhlim Kelly of Dublin Track Club, now moves up one place in the All-Time Irish Womens Indoor Rankings, to 10th, overtaking Roisin McGettigan.

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Michelle Finn's World Athletics PB Profile

Other Dublin Track Club Performances

Full Val de Reuil Results - Feb 7th 2021

Michelle was accompanied at the Val de Reuil meet by several othere from the Dublin Track Club, and there were several winners from the delegation: Brian Fay won the Mens 3000m in 7:53.62, a time that puts him in 14th place on the All-Time Irish Mens Indoor Rankings.  Tadgh Donnelly placed 5th in the same race, in 8:25.17. Marcus Lawlor won the Mens 200m, in 21.36 sec - Marcus is currently 3rd on the All-Time Irish Mens Indoor Rankings, with a best of 20.92 sec. Marcus also ran in the mens 60m, placing 3rd, in 7.00 sec.  Christopher O'Donnell won the Mens 400m in 47.39 sec, which places him 13th on the All-Time Irish Mens Indoor Rankings



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Sonia O'Sullivan Address to National Coaching Forum - September 1999


National Coaching Forum, NCTC, Limerick

September 1999


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This is the text of an address delivered by Sonia O'Sullivan in September to the National Coaching Forum at the NCTC, Limerick

This article was published in The Irish Runner, Vol 19, No 5, P 44-45, October/November 1999

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Text of Sonia O'Sullivan's address to the National Coaching Forum, September 1999
Printed in The Irish Runner, Vol 19, No 5, P 44-45, October/November 1999

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I'm going to talk to you tonight a little bit about the relationship between a coach and an athlete, and how this progresses throughout the years and career of an athlete.

The coaching role tends to vary enormously from athlete to athlete and from sport to sport, and the main reason for that is that different athletes have different requirements. The needs of the athlete also tend to change.

The relationship between coach and athlete tends to be very personal, and as the needs of the athlete change, it can be difficult to move from one coach to another. I've noticed with a lot of other athletes is that they tend not to change coaches when it's time to do so, but it's hard to tell the coach you want to move on - it's a bit like breaking off a relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend.

To get the most out of an athlete, the coach has to know that athlete very well. Initially, if you're a young athlete, the coach may be just looking after your gear during a race and telling you where to get the bus. He (she) tells you to show on Tuesday and Thursday and do a few laps of the field and it will be good for you. But you don't really understand the training at that age of ten or twelve - you just go along with it as a bit of fun and games.

I always remember the Vocational School field and the little doorway that was our changing area. It was fine when it was dry, but when it was wet you'd be looking for shelter. We'd go off and do a few exercises and some relays. You didn't realise you had a coach, and you didn't see it as any organised training either.

I remember at the end of training we used to play scotch with a tennis ball - that was our warmdown. But I think we did more running in that game than in the training session. The days in between I would run back and forth to school, just like the Kenyans.

When you're young you can win races without thinking, but at some point you realise you have to maximise your talent and then you know you need to train a little harder. When I was 1 5 I had won a few cross-country races in Cork and been up to Mosney for the Community Games Finals (even if I didn't pick up any medals).

Trust and honesty are the foundations for any good coach-athlete relationship. The athlete must believe that what he (she) is being told is the right thing to do.

I'd heard about this coach in Cobh, Sean Kennedy, and horror stories about how he would make you run up the hills behind Pairc Ui Chonaill. So I rang him up and asked for a training programme, but he said we'd have to meet and have a chat. Then he decided to pick out a few races and prepare me to run them, and that was my first real experience of having a coach and preparing myself for races.

It wasn't just him telling me what to do - I also had to trust in him. He made people work hard and cracked the whip a bit, and so I got this confidence that I would become a better athlete.

At that stage I was watching a lot of athletics on TV, and seeing the likes of Steve Cram and Sebastian Coe in Oslo and wanting to get there myself. So Sean drew up this programme, and even if he couldn't come to all the sessions, he'd drop them in the letterbox on his way to work.

It was 20 times 200m and hills on Saturday. It got me understanding training that bit more and that I was doing things for a reason. That was when I learnt too that I had to talk to the coach - that he cannot just stand there and give orders. Athletes are not computers - you have to be able to talk to your coach.

When I started to race internationally, I remember sitting in hotels and at meetings and watching other athletes and what they were doing in terms of eating, warming up, changing their shoes, and all that.

At that stage you start to question whether your coach is doing all the right things, and I suppose I started to learn more myself by being away from the coach. When you come back it's hard to explain what you've picked up, and that can be a breaking away process in some ways.

You also question whether you really need a coach at all. I remember Douglas Wakihuri, the world marathon champion, saying he needed a coach because 'I can see my front but I can't see my back'. The coach can look at you from the outside.

Trust and honesty are the foundations for any good coach-athlete relationship. The athlete must believe that what he (she) is being told is the right thing to do. Right now I have that total faith in my coach, Alan Storey, but it took quite a while to build up that trust. He was telling me to do sessions that seemed a lot easier than what I'd done before - and for a while you're comparing stuff with what went before.

Now I'm more relaxed about the training, but there was a period in between when I had to adjust. One day I was running around Bushy Park (London) and Nick was with me on the bike. I was supposed to be doing three minutes hard and then easy, but I think I ran a world record for a lap of Bushy Park.

Alan explained why it was important to train at different paces. I thought I knew everything, but there was more I needed to learn - we talked a lot and I learnt a lot. Many coaches have the knowledge of psychology and physiology that will help you improve. But you have to be open to that knowledge - and the athlete has to have an input also.

I was lucky last year that I won the championship races I wanted to win. But there were plenty of races where things went wrong. I had to really convince myself that the smaller races didn't matter and were just stepping stones. I also needed Alan's reassurance that that was so.

Towards the end of last year, things changed for me again - I got pregnant. Then I had to think about running for two people, and one of the hardest calls I had to make was to tell Alan. I told him about the baby and he stood back and said okay, this is another area. Then he called me back and said he'd been at the bookshop and the library, and we'd work away and see how things panned out. It was another coaching area that we both had to adapt to, but it was wonderful that he was able to guide me through the past ten months.

Things have worked out great. But I've realised I also need a coach who has baby-sitting skills - I haven't tested him on that yet. Still, the relationship is ideal in that we communicate really well. We have trust, honesty, and belief - and that's the foundation of the relationship between a coach and an athlete.

Massive Boost for Athletics in North Cork as Mallow Track Planning Application Approved

Mallow Track Gets Planning Go-Ahead


Friday February 19th 2021

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Athletics in North Cork, and Mallow in particular, received a massive boost yesterday, when planning, by Cork ETB, for a new 8 Lane Track, and ancilliary facilities, received final planning approval.  Cork County Council are providing the land, and will be owners of the complex. The initial application was received on 28th February 2020, so, effectively the process took 12 months to complete.

Current grant supports prioritise applications from multi-sport and educational institutions, so the Mallow application, made by Cork ETB, 'ticked all the boxes'.

The facility will be welcomed by all clubs in the North Cork Area, and well beyond, as it is the first full sized track in the county, outside of the Mardyke and CIT tracks, both in Cork City. Travel from North Cork, to either city tracks, was problematic at the best of times - this development means that clubs might now only need, say 30 minutes, travel each way for training, whereas, until now, a trip to either of the city tracks might need considerably more time, due to traffic log-jams along the way.

Track Management

Management of the Track has yet to be finalised, however one would hope that the club might be asked to take lead role in track operation.

The progressive Mallow club has been one of the largest clubs in Cork in recent years, and has already enjoyed much success at County, Provincial and National level, so this venture will, hopefully, see the club spring further forward.


The development will consist of:

(a) construction of a 98m x 63m grass pitch,

(b) provision of a 400m eight lane running track,

(c) construction of a building to provide changing facilities,

(d) provision of 40 car and 2 bus parking spaces,

(e) widening of Sexton’s Boreen,

(f) importation of clean, natural soil to grade the field,

(g) installation of floodlights, and

(h) diversion of water main and associated site works. The Environmental Impact Assessment Report / Natural Impact Statement will be submitted to the Planning Authority with the application.


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Davis College and Mallow Track Locations


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Athletics Meets - Weekend February 21st 2021

Athletics Ireland Micro-Meet Heads T&F Action This Weekend - Sun Feb 21st 2021


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Athletics Ireland Elite Micro-Meet

Abbotstown, Dublin

Sat 20th & Sun 21st 2021

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Athletics Ireland Micro-Meet Indoor T&F Meet - Day 1

Saturday Morning Session (11:40am)


Saturday Afternoon Session (16:00pm)



Athletics Ireland Micro-Meet Indoor T&F Meet - Day 2


Sunday Morning Session (11:30am)


Sunday Afternoon Session (15:05pm)

French Indoor Championship

Miramas, Bouches-du-Rhone, France

February 19th - 21st

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Livestream also on Facebook



German Indoor Championships

Dortmund, Germany, Feb 20th-21st

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Dutch Indoor Championships

Apeldoorn, Netherlands, Feb 20th



Polish Indoor Championships

Torun, Feb 20th-21st

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Spanish Indoor Championships

Madrid, Feb 19th - 21st


Swedish Indoor Championships

Malmo, Sweden, Feb 19th - 21st




American Track League - Fayetteville #4

Feb 21st, Randal Tyson Track Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA

Livestream (ESPN - Subscription may be required)

Note: Extreme weather conditions across large tracts of the US have put this, and many other meets, under threat

23/02/2021    Aarhus Indoor Gala    Denmark


World Athletics Gold - Villa de Madrid

Spain 24/02/2021 

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 Will be Streamed live on World Athletics


Serbian Open Indoor Meeting

Serbia Feb 24th


Athletics Meets - Weekend February 14th 2021

Several Irish International T&F Athletes in Action This Weekend - Sun Feb 14th 2021



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Elite en Salle de Val D'Oise - 5pm, Thursday, Feb 11th

Livestream - Requires Login


Orlen Cup, Lodz, Poland - Friday Feb 12th

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Meet Video


Tyson Invitational, Friday, Feb 12th - Saturday, Feb 13th

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H-Town SpeedCity Series - Meet III - Saturday Feb 13, 2021

Yeoman Fieldhouse, Houston, TX, USA

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Womens 3000m line-up. Laura Nicholson (Temple University/Bandon AC) runs


New Balance Indoor Grand Prix - 2pm, Saturday, Feb 13th

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Event Listings, inc Fields & Results




CANCELLED - NYRR Millrose Games - Saturday, Feb 13th


IFAM Indoor Gent - Saturday, Feb 13th

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Meet Website


Large Irish contingent running: Louise Shanahan (Leevale AC), Joan Healy (Leevale AC), Amy O'Donoghue, Brian Fay, Paul Robinson, Andrew Coscoran, Nadia Power, Marcus Lawler, Iseult O'Donnell, Katie Kirk, Roland Surlis, Ellie Hartnett, Sarah Lavin, John Fitzsimons, Luke McCann, Sarah Mccarthy, James Holden, Ciaran Carthy, Ciara Neville, Patrick Tucker, Sharlene Mawdsley, Claire Mooney, Lauren Roy, Luke Lennon-Ford, Molly Scott

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CMCM Indoor Meeting (Luxembourg) - Saturday, Feb 13th

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Meeting de l'Eure Val-de-Reuil (FRA) - Sunday, Feb 14th

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ORLEN Copernicus Cup - 4pm Wednesday, Feb 17th

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Interview with Steve Jones - World Marathon Record Holder

Steve Jones World Marathon Record Holder Interviewed

Fermoy, Co Cork

January 27th 1985

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Interview by Fr. Liam Kelleher from Marathon Magazine, March 1985, Vol 23, No 2



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Michael Murphy, Mitchelstown Co-op sponsors presenting Steve Jones with his prize in Fermoy. Included also left to right: Fr. Michael O'Connell, Michael O'Dwyer, U.D.C., Tom Burke, Race organiser, Nelius O'Neill, Chairman, Fermoy and District Harriers A.C.


Fr. Liam: Here we are at the Galtee Cross- Country Race of 1985. We've Steve Jones, the man who really hit the world headlines last October when he won the Chicago Marathon in a world record of 2 hours 8 mins. 5 seconds. Steve, that must have been a real red letter day in your sporting career?
Steve: That's right! It was a great day for me in my athletic career, running career. It was something that I didn't really expect and at the end of the day it was really fantastic.
Steve: I've run 8 World Championships. Yes, 8, and New York has been very successful. I started off in 77 in Dusseldorf and I was 103rd and over the years I've kind of got better and better, in fact, the year after the 103rd I was 11th, so that was in Glasgow.

Fr. Liam: You improved on that in Limerick?
Steve: That's right. Yes, I was the only person that chased after John Treacy when John Treacy made his break in Limerick. I was the only one who went with him and at the end of the day it cost me a better place.

Fr. Liam: On that day you finished... ?
Steve: 7th.

Fr. Liam: Of course, vou had a good road and track record and you have a number of AAA's championships to your credit?
Steve: That's right. I've run in the A.A.A.'s championships several times. I had two seconds, a first and several thirds and fourths. I've won two 10km titles this year - one on the road and one on the track.

Fr. Liam: Steve, big time as I said in the beginning is nothing new to you. You started in which was the first major event for you?
Steve: Well, the first major event was the Welsh Championships in 1976 where I finished 7th. I just failed being selected for the World Cross-Country Championships in Chepstow and that failing selection, be it fair or unfair, has been an inspiration for me to continue running well and to make World Cross-Country Championships. That's where I started my career and it gives me most pleasure.

Fr. Liam: In track races you had the Commonwealth Games of 1978 and you competed of course in the 1982 Commonwealth, in between, what?
Steve: In between it's been A.A.A.'s and World Cross-Country Championships. Everything has been centred in the early days of my career on the Cross-Country Championships.

Fr. Liam: You ran in the 1982 Europeans in Athens and that was a very warm, humid night?
Steve: It'was very warm; not a major breakthrough in my career because outside the Commonwealth Games that was the first major game in which I participated. And the Commonwealth Games are very different to Olympic Games and European races. It's very friendly. The pressure isn't there as is in the major Games.

Fr. Liam: And what is your memory of Athens?
Steve: My memory of Athens was coming up the back straight for the last time.
I looked at the big screen and watched Cova and Schildhauer sprinting ahead, that was my memory and I was thinking to myself that was the first time that Cova had beaten me and he's winning the European Championships and since then he has gone on to win the World Championships and Olympics.

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Steve Jones signing autographs

Fr. Liam: And then, of course, you went on to compete in Helsinki in the World Championships in 1983?
Fr. Liam: You went to Los Angeles then in the 10,000m in 1984 for the Olympic Games. Are you satisfied that that was the event you should have picked, in retrospect?
Steve: Yes. you can't go on retrospect. If you did than then the whole world would be — If only.  I can't be like that. I prepared far the 10,000m and I went for the 10,000m. As it happens, when I got there I wasn't as prepared as I would have liked to have been. Several things happened to me before I went and one as I Wished second in a trial  Then I happened to have another trial after that which you know, wasn't very conducive to running, well, in Los Angeles also, my coach retired from the sport about a month before Los Angeles because of personal and family commitments, so I will be the last person to say it was the wrong time, but when your family is involved I
You can't question that decision. He made the right decision. For seven or eight years I have been led by one person and every decision I have made, every act in running has been made by that one person. To be suddenly on my own is very unnerving. I'm a fully-grown athlete, I'm a man and yet being suddenly on my own is a great responsibility.

Fr. Liam: Then how did you get yourself together, mentally and Physically, before the great effort in Chicago7
Steve:Chicago? Okay, my coach retired from the sport and I had to pull myself together in Los Angeles. I didn't compete as well as I should have, I didn't compete to my full capacity, so I went home, relaxed, started training properly.
I had 6 weeks preparation for Chicago. I went to America and trained at altitude for 6 weeks; 7,000 feet altitude. I trained very hard. I raced 4 or 5 times then went back to altitude, and when I came to Chicago I was very very fit.
Fr. Liam:And what are your memories and how did you see that race developing. Can you briefly tell us how that race developed?
Steve: Yes, my memory of Chicago the morning of the race I jogged out to the start from the hotel with Jerry Kiernan, who was very very friendly to me. We'd known each other for a long time. The weather was raining and windy and very cold and I said to Jerry, a good time is out now. It does not matter. It’s just going to be a race between blokes. Jerry said don’t be too sure, a lot can happen in 26 miles. We warmed up together. We |did a few strides together, and that was the last time I saw Jerry until after the race. The race itself was exciting and all the way there were 10, 12 people together. It was really exciting, when I finished Jerry was one of the first to come and shake hands and say well done!

Fr. Liam: And did you find that you all shared the workload - were more people doing more work than others?
Steve: Well, in a marathon it is very hard to share the workload. I was inexperienced. De Castella, Lopes, they were experienced. Whatever they did was O.K. by me. I just followed along. I didn't sit behind anybody. I did not shelter in the wind, I did not shelter in the rain. If there was somebody in front I was by the side of them. I did not go into the lead and force the pace. I was a 10,000m runner, the marathon runners were in front. They knew exactly what to do and I knew they wanted to go for a fast time or record, whatever, and if it should show Deek picked it up.

Fr. Liam: At what stage did you make your decisive move?
Steve: I was contemplating in making the move at about 18 or 20 miles. We got to 19 miles and somebody in their wisdom, only thinking of the athletes, put a water station there that shouldn't have been there, on the corner of the street. You know, that's the last thing you want at the corner of a street - a water station!

So you turn the corner and there's a water station there and Geoff Smith and Kamel collided. Kamel fell over and I caught Jeff and helped him up and we all carried on to the real water station. So then I thought to myself, it's time I had a move now because we were all getting crowded, we were tripping over each other. That's what I thought. I made a few surges, one or two people responded, one or two people did not. And I did it again and I just said. Right, make a decision, let's go for it, and that’s what I did. I made the decision and I just went

Fr. Liam: And you knew over the last few miles that victory was yours?
Steve: Well, it's very difficult because what with the experience of the people, Lopes, De Castella, they had experience, a lot more than my experience in relative terms. I've raced Lopes a lot of times and I know that if you run against him, Lopes, you haven't won until you have crossed the line.

Fr. Liam: Steve, looking back on your performance and maybe on the performance of John Treacy in finishing 2nd in the Olympic Marathon, is there something in it that you got to race only very lightly in marathons to gain major success?
Steve: I don't know until I do another marathon and find out how I performed. I won't be able to answer that question. Okay, as a 10,000m runner I performed very well on that marathon but reluctant as I am to change my training and to change my attitude, it is changing very slightly, so maybe next time I go into a marathon I'll go in not as a 10,000m runner but as a world marathon record holder.
Maybe it will be a bit tougher next time or maybe even John's will be a bit tougher, so, he had not a marathon before Los Angeles but he was a very very fit person and that's all he need to be to do it. Maybe his attitude to his next marathon, wherever it may be, European '86 or wahtever, it will be slightly different, you know, and the pressure will be on John. Before, the pressure was not on John, but next time it will be.

Fr. Liam: Was it a personal surprise to you to see John gaining a Silver Medal in L.A.?
Steve: No, we ran together. We were in the same heat in the 10,000m in L.A. We were talking to each other. We wanted to run 28.27. If I went in front of John he would say go easier, there is no need to do that. John was very very fit and I realised that and all the people that know John, you know, Nick Rose, myself and the rest of the 10,000m runners, we all realised that John was very fit and if there was anybody in with an outside chance then it was going to be John Treacy and that's what happened.

Fr. Liam: Steve, where do you see your career going at this stage and for the rest of 1985?
Steve: Well, for the rest of 1985 I might do a marathon in April or early Springtime. I'm not quite sure yet, but my next definite marathon will be Chicago in October and I would like to perform as well as I have been in previous years on the track again this Summer and record personal bests for 5,000m and 10,000m.

Fr. Liam: You've been to Cork in 1984, are you hoping to come back for the big year - Cork 800 this year - for the celebration 800 years of Cork?
Steve: Yes, I would hope to. It's very difficult for me because I'm in the Air Force and things aren't very easy for me to negotiate to come to Ireland. But I came last year, and I've been all over the world running Eastern world and the Western world and I've never met such friendly people in all my life and I was really overwhelmed by the friendliness that I met in Cork last year and if for nothing else, that is one of the reasons I want to come back.

Fr. Liam: And did you meet it in Fermoy this week?
Steve: Yes, the weather didn't spoil anything for the people. I had a tremendous amount of people shouting for me on that course today.


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Steve Jones negotiates ditch with Eddie De Pauw

Fr. Liam: Getting back to today's race, what were your views of the event? Christoph Herle was quite an impressive winner.
Steve: Yes, well, he decimated the race. He just took off when he wanted to take off and he didn't look back. He just carried on and carried on. I was a little surprised because Christoph is a strange sort of person. He doesn't usually go like that. He usually sits in behind and when you have a sprint finish! He loves a kick. But I was very impressed with Christoph. The West German, Schneider, was a bit of a surprise. I was disappointed because for over two-thirds of the race I was in front of him and with De Pauw the sat behind me and they just sat on me all the way round. If we could have worked together we might have made a bit of an impression on Maminski and putted him back a bit. But they weren't prepared to do it. I put my head down and kept trying but, anyway, they wouldn't help me.

Fr. Liam: I think it's true to say that the Fermoy event has gained a good reputation internationally?
Steve: Yes, in the past you've had tremendous depth of international crosscountry running. To think De Castella was 4th the last time it was run! For a man of that calibre to finish 4th in any race is a tremendous sort of a lift for any organiser. Well, for anybody! But you've had it again this year. I mean Christoph Herle, Maminski, Schneider, and Eddie De Pauw who won the World Cross- Country championships as a junior in Limerick.

You've got a fantastic depth of international running there and there's not another race in Europe that can boost that sort of depth. It's incredible.

Fr. Liam: Well, thank you, Steve. I think' Liam has some question to ask you at this stage and you've been very informative up to now.
Fr. Liam: What I want to ask you, Steve, there in relation to what you said, your coach for personal reasons which you elaborated on gave up about a month before the Olympics. Could you fill us in on his work with you before that?
Steve: My coach was Bob Wallace and we worked very well together. We'd been together for 8 years, for 7 or 8 years and all of a sudden he had a personal family problem that he had to retire from the sport. Honestly, I don't really want to elaborate any further.

Fr. Liam: There's no need just apart from that. But then you said you had to prepare on your own for the Olympics. Did somebody give you any advice then or since then?
Steve: No. To be honest, basically I just followed my coach's old training sessions. I'm experienced enough to know what should be done, what shouldn' be done. It was just the other thing of the inexperience, of being on my own more than anything else. Okay, I knew what work to do. I knew when to do it, I knew what races to do, where not to do it. But to be for 8 years guided by a person and suddenly find yourself on your own ... !

Fr. Liam: At the eve of the Olympic Games?
Steve: Yes, it is very disconcerting, I suppose.

Fr. Liam: Did you get any advice for the Marathon in Chicago from other people. Who advised you to go to high altitude training. Obviously this was something new in your training?
Steve: It was something regarding my family more than anything else. My agent in America was looking after me and the year before he had recommended that I stay at this place at altitude because there was an apartment available for me and my family and this year I did exactly the same. With regard to preparation for the Marathon in Chicago, I had been in touch with John Treacy over in Boston and he sent me his diet sheets and his preparation sheets and he was a very very good help to me. A great help, although I didn't follow his diets 100% because it was very difficult being out living away from home with my family and we couldn't all eat the same thing, so we used to go out eating.

It was a great help to me and I would follow his advice to the end. He advised me to the best of his ability. He advised me on what he did for Los Angeles and as well as I could I followed it. Also, Charlie Speeding gave me a lot of advice as well so I had two Olympic medallists in the background giving me advice which I found was an invaluable help to me in Chicago.

Fr. Liam: Yes. From listening to you and speaking to you, you're very unassuming and quiet about the whole thing. Does the extra pressure now, because of what you did in Chicago, make life a little bit more unpleasant when people like the likes of me now, maybe, running after you and trying to get interviews for magazines and things like that and other commitments. Is that more difficult or is it something that you don't like or you do like?
Steve: Well, I don't like it. No, there are not many athletes who do like the interviews, the TV interviews and magazine and papers. But you've got to be quick to realise that you are part of a sport and people want to share this part of it with you. They're not busybodies. They're not interfering. They're people who love athletics and people who are athletes and really you owe these people who support you a debt because of what they give you and you owe some explanations to people who follow you and run in your footsteps or whatever to do it. The inter- j views and that sort of thing doesn't affect me at all. It's the presentations and the dinners and the drinks and whatever, they're the things that really get you down at the end. But the things like the interviews, you just share an experience with other people and that's important.

Fr. Liam: I suppose it helps as well to have a good, settled family life. There's a lot of mileage made in the media about the family thing. How many children have you?
Steve: Two boys.

Fr. Liam: Yes. The two boys being with you in Chicago and they watching the cartoons when you were running in the marathon, that's nice as well?
Steve: That's right. My boys watch the cartoons in America even when I'm running in the marathon as well. My wife was switching it back and forth, she would be watching the marathon. But they didn't miss a thing. You know, the kids are very perceptive. If that was on the other side they saw a little bit of Daddy, a little bit of Donald Duck. But you get home and they know I'm pretending to be Steve Jones. You could say to my little son, the youngest one, he's 3 and a half. He said "Ladies and gentlemen. I'm reading out the winner, Mr. Steve Jones". And they never missed a single thing even though they watch the cartoons, everything else they have taken in. They love it.

Fr. Liam: In your home country, in Wales, the Welsh are normally associated with rugby and things like that. Athletics even in Ireland is a kind of second-rate sport in a sense that it's not really a spectator sport except at major championships. Has that struggle motivated you more than anything to reach the top and now that you have reached the top are you accepted in the same level as Barry John or, Gareth Davis or somebody like that?
Steve: Yes, I think I am now. It's been very frustrating over the last 8 years because I've been fairly outstanding in my event in running. Apart from, you know, other athletes in Wales, I’ve been outstanding. I've won this and I've won that. I've competed in this Games and that Games and yet the standard of athletics behind me hasn't risen. You know, any other sport like in basketball, in football, if you've got an outstanding leader, an outstanding person then the standard of the play, the game that's behind you, lifts up, but that had not happened in Wales in the last 8 or 9 years. But now it has. Look, Jones has done this, it's great, there's a resurgence. You saw it with the Junior Dale Rixon winning.

Somebody said to me in work the other day: I read The Echo, the local paper, and they said it's between you and Terry Holmes now who gets the most recognition. You or Terry, while before it was Ian Rush, Terry Holmes, Gareth Edwards or Barry John, but now Steve Jones, an athlete, another sport, is getting on the back page and we're both hogging the paper, you know, and that's what I've done now, not just a record, but everything. It’s all lifting up.

Fr. Liam: Do you ever find training boring or do you train on your own or are there a group of you together?
Steve: I train 95% of the time on my own whenever I can. Before I went to Chicago I trained once a week down in Newport with the Newport Harriers, with the club. I run with Neil Hardy, Neil Norsfield and people like that, James Nill, Roger Greaves and that helped me quite a bit because they are track athletes. I'm not a track athlete, you know. Okay, I've done all the Games but I'm not a track athlete. I'm a blood and guts cross-country runner and road runner. They are track athletes so I do a bit of speed training with them, but 95% of the time It's all on my own. I don't get bored at it, no, because I've got ambitions and I've got targets and they are what I focus on. You can't afford to get bored if you get bored. You lose your way.

Fr. Liam: How did you actually come into the sport and at what age did you take it seriously and how did you get involved in the sport?
Steve: Well, I got involved in the sport with a Cadet Corps at home. It's very much like Sea Cadets. And I started competing as a 15-year-old in three competitions a year. I got a bit of crosscountry and it was great.

Fr. Liam: How did you do at that stage?
Steve: I wasn't very good, you know. I smoked a bit, I drank a bit, I did all the things that kids do and it's great. I don't regret anything because I enjoyed myself as a kid, now I enjoy myself as an adult. But when you're a kid you do things, as you know yourself, that really are not good for you but you do enjoy them. But I wouldn't say to anybody, go out and do that or go out and do this, because some of the things you do are wrong, but I enjoyed it. I don't regret anything I've done.

Fr. Liam: And at what stage then did you realise you had potential and you started to win races, at what age?
Steve: Potential I trained hard for. I trained for a year or two but I joined the Air Force. As a 20-year-old I entered the Welsh Championships in 1976, I finished 7th, the Championships were in Cardiff and the World Championships were in Chepstow. I finished 7th. I didn't get picked for the Welsh team. I couldn't believe it.

Fr. Liam: You said that, yes.
Steve: So I said right. I said to the manager that from now on you have to pick me and since then that has been that way. The initial motivation from then on was you have to be picked, and I've done it from there.

Fr. Liam: What do you enjoy most about the sport of athletics? I know it's a loner event. I know most people think that. What do you enjoy most about the sport?
Steve: I enjoy everything about it. I enjoy the training because it's hard and its character building. I enjoy the self- motivation I achieve out of it.

I enjoy meeting people. I enjoy travelling to countries, different countries, to compete. Okay, some countries you can't speak the language and there are different barriers between you and other athletes. But what I enjoy immensely now is to watch people from my country, from Wales, performing even better. Dale Rixon winning to-day, that was, great, and Wendy Ore, she finished 6th in the ladies'. You don't get people like that very often from Wales.

steve jones marathon magazine march 1985 vol 23 no 2cSteve Jones signing autographs up to 2 minutes before his race

We're not a running community. We're not a running country. The national sport is other sport. It's great to see, it's great to come away with these people and enjoy yourself.

Fr. Liam: Do you think that there will be a bigger clampdown, which obviously there will be, after Los Angeles on the medical side of the thing, the drug thing - what would your comments be on that?
Steve: I don't know whether you want to print my comments or not?

Fr. Liam: Yes. I'd like to.
Steve: If people want to take drugs then that's up to them. You know, I really honestly think that because it doesn't take anything away from me. I know myself I don't take anything. I don't take any drugs. I take the odd vitamin here, the odd vitamin there, like any athlete does, whether at the top of the scale or the bottom of the scale. I take the vitamin pills but I don't take anything else and when I go away from a track race and run 27.39 or if I come away from a World Cross-Country and finish 3rd or even break a world record - I've done it because of the hard work I've put in. What anybody else wants to do that's entirely up to them.

Fr. Liam: But you don't obviously approve of that?
Steve: No, I don't approve of it. I don't approve of it at all. I think it's terrible that people should have to do it but what's the point in banning them, in hav- running community. The national sport is other sport. It's great to see, it's great to come away with these people and enjoy yourself.

Fr. Liam: I think that's a fair comment. Maybe a question which might be of value to me because I have a very keen interest on the younger people, again to encourage them. You're going to give them tremendous encouragement. What is your main advice to younger athletes growing up?
Steve:Well, ever since I've been running I've set little targets for rhyself. They've not been easy targets, but they've not been targets that are away out. Now when I was 18 years old I didn't say to myself I'm going to break a world record, I did not say to myself I'm going to beat the guy next door. I set reasonable little targets for myself and those are little targets that you've got to aim for and when you reach that target set another little target, another ambition and when you reach that set another ambition and you'll find that all throughout your career. You should have a gradual incline on your standard of running, standard of performance.

Fr. Liam: Obviously, by what you've done in Chicago you know you established what we call immortality. You'll be remembered forever by people who are involved in athletics. Is there any final ambition or your overall ambition. Is the one thing that you would like more than anything else to achieve in athletics?
Steve: I don't really think there is. I just want to fulfil my little ambitions. You know, run a personal best on the track andIor finish 2nd in a World Cross-Country Championship or even break the world record again. As long as I improve at the same rate as I have done over the last few years and I would be very pleased if I can move with the times, I’ll be very pleased. I don't set ridiculous ambitions and I don't set easy ambitions as long as I can stay within my own little group of ambitions I will be okay.

Fr. Liam: Coming up over the next three years after this year you have the Europeans, you've the World's and you've the Olympics. Are they in the back of your mind or it's not the end of the world if you don' achieve any of those things in the track, gold medals in any of those events?
Steve: No. I've said in interviews before, the people like Sebastian Coe's, Steve Ovett’s and maybe Eamon's and John Treacy’s, gold medals, that's all they want. Gold medals or silver medals or bronze medals. But that's not what the sport is about. The sport is about everybody. If you can just achieve, if you can go to these races and do a personal best then you've achieved something. My ambitions aren't to win gold medals or win any medals, my ambitions are to enjoy my sport to enjoy the company I’m with and to run as well as I ever have run.

Fr. Liam: Fantastic note to end on, Steve. Thank you.
Steve: Thank you very much.


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