Irish long-distance runners

Posted May 31, 2011
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  1. Eamonn Coghlan

    Eamonn Coghlan


    Eamonn Christopher Coghlan (born 21 November 1952) is an Irish Senator and former athlete, who specialised in middle distance track events and the 5000 metres. He is a 3-time Olympian and former World Champion in the 5000 m.

  2. Sonia O'Sullivan

    Sonia O'Sullivan


    Sonia O'Sullivan (born 28 November 1969, in Cobh, County Cork) is an Irish former athlete. She began her running career in Ballymore Running Club which is located in the eastern side of Cobh Town. She was one of the world's leading female 5000 m runners for most of the 1990s and early 2000s. Her crowning achievement was a gold medal in the 5000 m at the 1995 World Athletics Championships. She won silver medals in the 5000 m at the 2000 Olympic Games and in the 1500 m at the 1993 World Championships. She also won three European Championship gold medals and two World Cross-Country Championship gold medals.

  3. Mary Cullen

    Mary Cullen


    Mary Teresa Cullen (born 17 August 1982) is an Irish long-distance runner who specializes in the 3000 metres and 5000 metres on the track, and cross country running. She holds the Irish record over 3000 m indoors.

  4. Jerry Kiernan

    Jerry Kiernan


    Jeremiah ("Jerry") Kiernan (born May 31, 1953 in Listowel) is a former long-distance runner from Ireland.

  5. Fionnuala Britton

    Fionnuala Britton


    Fionnuala Britton (born 24 September 1984) is an Irish runner who specialises in the 3000 metres steeplechase. She was the gold medallist at the 2011 and 2012 European Cross Country Championships. She has represented Ireland in the steeplechase at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics, the 2007 World Championships in Athletics and 2011 World Championships in Athletics, and twice at the European Athletics Championships. In December 2012, Britton became the first woman to successfully defend the European Cross Country Championship.

  6. Frank O'Mara

    Frank O'Mara


    Frank O'Mara (born 17 July 1960 in Limerick, graduated from St Munchin's College in 1977) is a retired Irish runner who specialized in the 1500 and 3000 metres. He became World Indoor Champion in 3000 m twice, but never achieved the same success on the outdoor track.

  7. Marie Davenport

    Marie Davenport


    Marie Davenport (born 24 January 1975 as Marie McMahon in Ennistymon) is a female long-distance runner from Ireland. She first took part in the 1996 Summer Olympics as a participant in the 5,000 metres, and later in the 2004 Summer Olympics.

  8. Carey May Edge

    Carey May Edge


    Carey May (born July 19, 1959 in Dublin) is a former long-distance runner from Ireland, who won the Osaka Ladies Marathon in 1983 and 1985.

  9. Danny McDaid

    Danny McDaid


    Danny McDaid (Irish: Dónall Mac Daibhéad; born 4 August 1941) is a 2-time Irish Olympic athlete and four times national marathon champion from Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland. He is a former member of the Dublin-based athletic club Clonliffe Harriers.

  10. Alistair Cragg

    Alistair Cragg


    Alistair Ian Cragg (born 13 June 1980, Johannesburg) is an international track and field athlete.

  11. Catherina McKiernan

    Catherina McKiernan


    Catherina McKiernan (born 30 November 1969 in Cornafean, County Cavan) is a former long-distance runner from Ireland, who competed in the marathon, 10,000 metres and cross country running.

  12. John Treacy

    John Treacy


    John Treacy (born 4 June 1957 in Villierstown, County Waterford) is an Irish former athlete and Olympic medalist. He represented Ireland at four Olympic Games between 1980 and 1992. His nickname was "The Mudlark," due to his winning consecutive world cross−country championships in muddy conditions.

  13. Neil Cusack

    Neil Cusack


    Neil Cusack (born 30 December 1951 in Limerick) is a retired middle and long distance runner from Ireland.

  14. Richard Donovan

    Richard Donovan


    Richard E. "Duke" Donovan (May 29, 1901 – May 13, 1985) was an American speed skater who competed in the 1924 Winter Olympics.

  15. Bertie Messitt

    Bertie Messitt


    Bertie Messitt (28 September 1930 – 18 February 2012) was an Irish long-distance runner. He competed in the marathon at the 1960 Summer Olympics.

  16. Frank Hegarty

    Frank Hegarty


    Anthony "Anton" Hegarty (14 December 1892 — 10 August 1944) was an Irish cross country athlete. He twice represented Ireland at the International Cross Country Championships.

  17. Ava Hutchinson

    Ava Hutchinson


    Ava Hutchinson (born 30 March 1983) is an Irish long distance runner who won team gold for Ireland at the 2012 European Cross Country Championships in Budapest. Her gold-medal-winning team-mates were Fionnuala Britton, Linda Byrne, Lizzie Lee, Sara Treacy and Sarah McCormack.

  18. Herbert Carmichael Irwin

    Herbert Carmichael Irwin


    Flight Lieutenant Herbert Carmichael "Bird" Irwin, AFC (26 June 1894 – 5 October 1930) was an Irish aviator and athlete. During World War I, Irwin joined the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS), where he commanded non-rigid airships. After the war, the "tall sensitive Irishman" commanded larger rigid airships, initially for the Royal Air Force (RAF) and later on secondment to the (civilian) Royal Airship Works as part of the Imperial Airship Scheme.

  19. Paul Donovan (athlete)

    Paul Donovan (athlete)


    Paul Donovan (athlete) (born 11 July 1963) is an Irish former long-distance runner. He was the silver medallist in the 3000 metres at the 1987 IAAF World Indoor Championships. He was the number one ranked indoor runner that year. He represented Ireland at the Olympics twice: in 1984 and again in 1992.

  20. Gerry McIntyre

    Gerry McIntyre


    Gerald "Gerry" McIntyre (22 May 1929 - 27 January 2008), is a former long distance and cross country runner. He represented both Clonliffe Harriers and Ponders End AC, London. He ran the marathon at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, finishing 22nd with a time of 2:26:03.

  21. James McNamara (athlete)

    James McNamara (athlete)


    James "Jim" McNamara (April 17, 1939 – March 9, 2016) was an Irish athlete. He participated in the 1976 Olympics men's marathon, finishing 39th.

  22. Monica Joyce

    Monica Joyce


    Monica Joyce (born July 16, 1958) is an English turned Irish turned American long distance runner. She is the younger sister of Irish marathoner Regina Joyce. Both sisters represented Ireland in the 1984 Summer Olympics, Regina in the Marathon and Monica in the 3000 meters. Previous to the Olympics Monica had represented Ireland at the 1982 European Athletics Championships, the 1983 World Championship and the 1984 World Cross Country Championships. She also ran in the 1985 World Cross Country Championships, finishing 12th and the IAAF World Women's Road Race Championships finishing 8th. At home she was the Irish National Champion in the 1500 metres in 1982, 1983 and 1988 with Sonia O'Sullivan a main competitor. Across the channel, she was the English National Champion in the 5000 metres in 1982 and 1985, beating her sister in 1982.

  23. Maria McCambridge

    Maria McCambridge


    Maria McCambridge (born 10 July 1975 in Dublin) is an Irish long-distance runner who competed mostly in the 3000 and 5000 meters before moving up to the marathon. She represented her country at the 2004 Summer Olympics, as well as three outdoor and three indoor World Championships.

  24. Mick Woods

    Mick Woods


    Michael 'Mick' Woods (born 15 February 1949 in Great Britain) is a former long-distance runner and a middle/long distance running coach. He is currently a coach at Aldershot Farnham & District AC and sports lecturer at St Mary's University in London. As an athlete, Woods ran internationally for Ireland and ran in over 70 marathons, with a personal best of 2:20.12. Woods is now one of the nation's leading endurance running coaches.

  25. Stephanie Reilly

    Stephanie Reilly


    Stephanie Reilly (née O'Reilly, born 23 February 1978 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish long distance runner who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 3000 metres steeplechase.

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