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Emerging from the shadows to be best of best

Theirs is not a conventional life but then, if it were, Rob Heffernan wouldn't be a world champion. His wife Marian, an international 400m runner who put her own athletics career aside a year ago to manage his, is due a baby at the end of January, so they've had to make some contingency plans. They've converted the attic to help make room for their third child and there's also a 5m x 6m log cabin in the back garden now. Read more


Canon Hayes Awards

The great and the good of Irish sport was celebrated in Tipperary on Sunday December 22nd when the 18th Annual Canon Hayes National Sports Awards took place at Ballykisteen Hotel, Tipperary. A great line up of nominees featured in the shortlist for the awards which was presided over by Martin Quinn, Chairman of the Canon Hayes Recreation Centre. Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr. Tom Hayes, T.D., presented the awards and congratulated the organisers in keeping alive the community spirt of the late Canon Hayes. He also welcomed the announcement by his colleague Minister Michael Ring of a new €40 million fund for important sports projects in the 2014 round of the Sports Capital Programme.

Some of the top names in Irish Sport were in attendance including World Champion Racewalker, Rob Heffernan and his wife Marian, Captain of the Irish Women's Rugby Team, Fiona Coghlan, Clare Hurling Manager Davy Fitzgerald, CEO of the FAI John Delaney, Racehorse Trainer Aidan O'Brien and his wife Ann Marie, Managing Director of Special Olympics, Europe/Euraisa, Mary Davis, Member of the Council of European Athletics Liam Hennessy and former President of the GAA, Seán Kelly, MEP. With the citations being delivered it was time to hand out the various awards for 2013 and the first winner announced was from the category of Local Award which went to 3 players from St. Michael's AFC in Tipperary. James Walsh, Chris Higgins and Paul Breen were part of the Irish Junior Team that won the International Quandrangular Cup this year. They got the nod over the Cappawhite Ladies Senior Football Team and up coming ladies rugby player, Ameeleigh Murphy Crowe.

The County Award went to Loughmore Castleiney who pulled off the County Senior Double (Hurling and Football) this year. The other nominees in this category were Clonmel AC Athlete Seán Tobin and Showjumper Greg Broderick. In the line up for the National Award were FAI Ford Cup Champions, Sligo Rovers, Clare Hurling Manager, Davy Fitzgerald and the Irish Women's Rugby Team. When the Judges envelope was opened it revealed that the Clare hurling supremo had scooped the National Award. A clearly delighted Davy Fitzgerald told the audience that it was all the sweeter as the award was coming from Tipperary!

The Outstanding Achievement Award went to World Champion Racewalker, Rob Heffernan who said that he was very honoured to receive this prestigious award. Rob spoke about his achievement in winning the Gold Medal and on his hopes for the future. Having honoured all the sportspersons in the various categories it was time to pay tribute to a recently retired sporting great. The Mick Doyle Golden Memory Award was presented by former President of the GAA, Seán Kelly, to former Tipperary Goalkeeper Brendan Cummins. Many tributes were paid to Brendan for an inter-county career that spanned 20 years and included a record 73 championship appearances.

The final award of the night was the Volunteer in Sport Award which honours those who have contributed on a voluntary basis to sporting clubs in South Tipperary. There were 6 nominees for the award and the winner was Tom O'Ceallaigh of Clonmel Commercials GFC.


Rob's 50km gold voted the greatest Irish sporting achievement of 2013

Rob Heffernan’s 50km gold medal at the World Championships in Moscow narrowly pipped Tony McCoy riding his 4,000th winner as the year’s greatest Irish sporting achievement according to the Pembroke Communications Sport Sentiment Index. Heffernan secured 12% of the vote, just ahead of McCoy’s 11% and three clear of the Grand Slam heroics of Ireland’s women’s rugby team. Read more


World champion Rob Heffernan supporting teen spirit

World champion race walker Rob Heffernan has backed a call for teen spirit in next year’s Cork city marathon. Rob and his wife, Marian, encouraged teenagers aged 16 to 18 to sign up for the Youth Challenge section of the 2014 marathon which takes place on the Monday of the June bank holiday weekend. Read more


Rob Heffernan bids to establish legacy with elite centre

Two new mass-participation walking events next year will help to eventually fund a new elite race-walking training centre in Munster, which is the brain-child of Ireland's new 50km world champion Rob Heffernan. The inspirational Togher AC star, who took the top gong at Athletics Ireland's National Awards yesterday, has already got the AAI on board and the collaboration should see two inaugural 'Rob Heffernan 5km' events taking place in Cork and Dublin next May. Read more


World Champ Heffernan Recognised at 2013 National Athletics Awards

World Race Walk Champion Rob Heffernan (Togher AC) was named as the Athlete of the Year at the National Athletics Awards in association with Woodie’s DIY and Tipperary Crystal which took place on Saturday 20th of November in the Crown Plaza Hotel. 2013 was the year when Heffernan quite literally had the Walk of his life. The Cork athlete won an historic gold medal at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Moscow in the 50k Race Walk. The inspirational performance meant Heffernan became Ireland’s third ever gold medalist at these prestigious championships along with Eamonn Coghlan (1983) and Sonia O’Sullivan (1995). Heffernan was also awarded the Race Walker of the Year Award for 2013. Read more

Work, rest and play – Robert Heffernan

We find out more about Ireland’s World 50km race walking champion Robert Heffernan as he answers our regular work,
rest and play questions. Heffernan is targeting the 2014 IAAF World Race Walking Cup held in Taicang, China, 3-4 May.
What is your favourite training session and why? Robert Heffernan: I love walking the 40km sessions. This is what really helps me reach peak fitness and it also helps me go through my race routine of when to take on board drinks and gels.
It is a great feeling when you have finished. Read more


Rob Heffernan reunited with gold medal after sting operation

From agent to special agent, the man responsible for managing the day-to-day affairs of the world’s fastest race walker helped pull off a sophisticated sting that landed a stolen gold medal back with its rightful owner. The drama began just
before 7am yesterday when Derry McVeigh, agent to 50km World Champion race walker Rob Heffernan, responded to a message left on his phone asking him to call urgently. Read more


Heffernan plans Cork high performance race-walker centre

Heffernan, who spends long periods of the year training abroad, admitted plans are afoot to make the City a hub for the world’s top endurance athletes. “I have had this desire over the past number of years to create a high performance centre
in Cork,” said the 50km gold medallist. That is my dream, when I finish the sport that I will be able to influence athletes
and especially walkers so that they can compete on the world stage. Read more


I can't go out in Cork so the house is very clean

World Champion Rob Heffernan joined Ray in studio today to talk about his big win. Just over a month since taking the gold medal in the 50km walk at the World Championships in Moscow, a very dapper Rob chatted to Ray in studio today about his win, the homecoming, and his new association with Lloyds Pharmacies. He even brought his shiny gold medal into studio with him. Read more


Marian Heffernan Awarded Philips Sports Manager of the Month

Philips Ireland today, Tuesday, 10th September 2013, named Marian Heffernan as the Philips Sports Manager of the Month for August 2013. On 14th August, Marian’s husband Rob won gold in the 50km walk at the World Athletics Championships in Russia. He finished a minute clear of silver and recorded the world’s leading time this year. This is only Ireland’s third gold medal, with the previous winners being Eamonn Coghlan and Sonia O’Sullivan. Marian, herself, is an International 400m runner, and having competed in the London 2012 Olympics she put her own career on hold to focus her attention on her husband’s goals, which culminated in his successful gold medal.


Success runs in the family: Rob Heffernan's wife wins coaching award

Marian Heffernan, who is married to world athletics champion Rob Heffernan, has been named the Philips Sports Manager of the Month. Ms Heffernan, who helped coach her husband to gold in the 50km walk at the World Athletics Championship in Russia last month, has received the prestigious award as part of her efforts. Read more


The Rebel Rising – Dublin Takeover
Cork Rebels Invade Dublin to Paint the Town Red

Not content with claims to be the ‘Real Capital’, an army of rebellious Corkonians showed their true colours by embarking on a ‘Rebel Rising – Dublin Takeover’ on Tuesday 3rd September. Read more


Rob Heffernan wins gold medal for Ireland in 50km walk

Rob Heffernan has become Ireland's latest world champion after winning gold in the 50km Race Walk at the World Championships in Moscow. The Irish athlete pulled clear of second placed Mikhail Ryzhov shortly after the 40km mark and never looked in danger of relinquishing the lead in the closing stages. Heffernan's finished over a minute clear of the silver medal and his winning time of 3:37.56 was the fastest of the year. Read more


Rob Heffernan GOLD

Rob Heffernan speaks after winning the 50k walk at the World AthleticsChampionships in Moscow. He is Ireland's third world outdoors champion after Eamonn Coghlan and Sonia O'Sullivan. Speaking to Will Downing.


Rob Heffernan: win ‘felt like an out of body experience’

Nothing was going to stop him this time, all the agony of the past turning to pure ecstasy for Rob Heffernan this morning, with that ultimate crowning moment of becoming world champion. Rarely has a gold medal performance in the men’s 50km walk at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow looked so comfortable, and never has it been more deserving: fourth in the London Olympics last summer, with several other heartbreaks to go with that. Read more


Rob Heffernan aiming for Rio after his 'Rocky' moment

Exactly 30 years to the day since Eamonn Coghlan won Ireland's first World Championship gold in Helsinki, a teak-tough Corkman, who weighs less than nine stone of sinewy muscle, finally got his just rewards in Moscow. Rob Heffernan now has his eyes set on a podium place at the next Olympics in Rio 2016 when he'll be two years short of his 40th birthday. "Physically and mentally, I've never been better. Age is only a number," he gushed after destroying the field in the Russian captial. Read more



Golden boy Rob's a big hit with Russian hosts

He has only just picked up his gold medal, but Rob Heffernan jokes he is now receiving more respect from his rivals than the fastest man on earth, Olympic champion Usain Bolt. The 35 year old from Cork collected his gold medal at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow yesterday after his historic win on Wednesday, when he took the top prize in the 50km race walk at the World Championships in a time of 3hrs 37mins 56secs. Read more


Rob Heffernan getting gold ‘is phenomenal’ – wife Marian

The athlete wife of Ireland’s newest world champion Rob Heffernan urged her husband to “go for it” in the final stages of the gruelling 50km walk. The minute her husband crossed the finishing line, an overjoyed Marian Heffernan ran across the stadium in Moscow this morning to congratulated her gold medallist husband. Read more


"I don't realize the magnitude of what I've achieved" - Heffernan

The Cork man triumphed in the 50K walk at the athletics World Championships and spoke to Newstalk Lunchtime. On a glorious day for Irish athletics, Rob Heffernan won gold in the 50K walk at the World Championships in Moscow. The Cork athlete lead throughout the latter half of the race in hot conditions in Moscow which he completed in a time of 3 hours, 37 minutes and 56 seconds. He finished over a minute clear of the silver medalist. Read more


Rob Heffernan claims gold at World Track and Field Championships

Ireland's Rob Heffernan has claimed a gold medal in the 50k walk at the World Track and Field Championships in Moscow this morning. Heffernan finished in first place, over a minute ahead of his nearest challenger, Russia’s Mikhail Ryzhov. In addition, his time of 3:37:56 was the fastest of the year. Read more


Heffernan still defiantly walking the walk

We were on the top floor of the West Edmonton Mall trying to bluff our way past two big Canadian bouncers. It was late, we’d had an incredibly long day, and any sensible person would have called it quits. With that Rob Heffernan edged us aside, and looking about 13 years old, faced up to one of the bouncers. Read more


'There's no point saying I want to go there for fun. I want a medal'

It's the hunger that keeps him going. Competing as he does in a sport where the currency of gold, silver and bronze remains king, Rob Heffernan is somehow still a pauper – at least for another few days, when the Cork race walker gets another chance to bring home the major medal he so richly craves, so richly deserves. Read more


London can spur Rob to medal in Moscow, says Loughnane

Race-walking legend Olive Loughnane believes Robert Heffernan can use his fourth place finish at the London Olympics as a springboard to success at the upcoming World Track and Field Championships in Moscow. Heffernan will be targeting a podium place in the testing 50km event but faces a stern test from some of the home competitors in particular. Loughnane, who retired after London, competed in six world championships with the crowning glory being her silver medal in the 20km race walk in Berlin in 2009. Read more


Heffernan has Moscow hopes

While youth dominates the 11-strong Irish team in Moscow for the World Athletics Championships starting this weekend, Ireland's best hope of a medal looks like veteran race walker Robert Heffernan, now aged 35. Heffernan improves with age and last summer pulled off the performance of his life at the London Olympics when he finished fourth in the 50km walk in a new Irish record of 3 hrs 37 mins 54 secs. That time would lead this year's rankings by over three minutes. Read more


Robert Heffernan Win's a Historic 15th National Indoor Title

Robert Heffernan (Togher AC) won a historic 15th national indoor title in the men’s 5k Walk on Saturday’s opening day of the Woodie’s DIY National Senior Indoor Championships. The championships were held in the outstanding new AIT International Arena in Athlone. Heffernan dominated the race and eased to a comfortable victory in a time of 19.13.03. Quentin Rew of New Zealand placed second in the race in a time of 19.52.43, Rew was running as a guest so his position did not count towards the Irish championships. Cian McManamon (Westport AC) placed second in the Irish championships in a time of 20:31.19 ahead of third place Michael Doyle (Tara AC) in a time of 20.51.18.

Rob Heffernan wins 3km walk to add national record to list of credentials at Cork City Sports

Local star Rob Heffernan was billed as the headline act at the 62nd Cork City Sports and he didn’t disappoint, adding another national record to his long list of credentials when winning the 3km walk in 11 minutes, 11.94 seconds. Indeed not only did the four-time Olympian shave .08 off the previous Irish record, which stood to Jamie Costin, but also broke the over-35 world record. “Well it wasn’t the world record I was after,” said the 36-year-old, with a smile. “It was the Irish record, and the support here this evening made the difference.” Read more


Another Competitive Performance from Rob Heffernan in Slovakia

Ireland's Rob Heffernan produced another competitive performance on the international stage today at the 10th biennial European Cup of Race Walking in Slovakia. Competing in the 20km event, Heffernan finished a very commendable 9th position in a very tough field in soaring temperatures in the famous Spa town of Dudince. Heffernan kept pace throughout the race from the start, and only began to lose ground over the last 3km to the leading group, which included eventual winner Denis Strelkov of Russia who won in 1:21:41. Heffernan's time was a solid 1:23:27. Read more


Recent interview featuring Robert Heffernan


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Robert Heffernan Win's a Historic 15th National Indoor Title

Robert Heffernan (Togher AC) won a historic 15th national indoor title in the men’s 5k Walk on Saturday’s opening day of the Woodie’s DIY National Senior Indoor Championships. The championships were held in the outstanding new AIT International Arena in Athlone. Heffernan dominated the race and eased to a comfortable victory in a time of 19.13.03. Quentin Rew of New Zealand placed second in the race in a time of 19.52.43, Rew was running as a guest so his position did not count towards the Irish championships. Cian McManamon (Westport AC) placed second in the Irish championships in a time of 20:31.19 ahead of third place Michael Doyle (Tara AC) in a time of 20.51.18.


Heffernan Headline's Endurance Event

The walks and distance events could prove to be the most exciting races at this weekend's Woodie's DIY National Senior Indoor Championships. Olympian Rob Heffernan (Togher AC) and European Cross Country Champion Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) are just two of the big names set to delight the crowd at the AIT International Arena in Athlone.

Olympic fourth place athlete Rob Heffernan (Togher AC) will start as the over whelming favourite to win the senior men's 5,000m Walk title. Heffernan has had a tremendous start to his 2013 season posting quick times of 11.13.92 and 19.32.82 for the 3000m and 5000m Walk respectively. His own national record of 18.51.46 could be in danger around the quick bends of the Athlone track. Cian McManamon (Westport AC) and Luke Hickey (Leevale AC) will both be in the hunt for a podium position. Read more



Rob Recommends a Get Fit Resolution!

For Robert Heffernan, doing a marathon is just a walk in the park. For 2013 he’s urging everyone to make it their New Year’s resolution to get fit! At the launch of the Cork City Marathon in City Hall today, Olympic athletes Rob and Marian Heffernan were announced as ambassadors of the Cork City Marathon, which this year takes place on Bank Holiday Monday June 3rd 2013.

Speaking at the launch, Ireland's highest placed athlete in track and field at the London Olympics 2012, said to him the marathon is a chance to get involved in one of the biggest sporting events in Cork and the best New Year's resolution anyone can make. "Signing up to do the Cork City Marathon is the perfect New Year's resolution, whether you run, walk or jog it, the race is accessible to everyone. Now is the time to get started, get out for a walk and build up your fitness gradually. I'm confident that anyone who sets their mind to it can achieve a medal on June 3rd", he said.

His wife Marian added "We're delighted to come on board with the Cork City Marathon for 2013, it's a wonderful event that encourages health and fitness. The buzz around the city on marathon day is something truly unique and we think everyone should experience crossing that finishing line at least once in their life".

Lord Mayor Cllr. John Buttimer said at the launch, "The marathon is a huge boost to Cork City over the Bank Holiday Weekend as it attracts local, national and international visitors to our city. It places Cork on the map as a primary destination, not just for runners, but holidaymakers, visitors and locals who are all looking for a fun filled weekend."

"This is going to be a great weekend for Cork. We are looking forward to even more people getting involved this year by running it themselves or coming out to support the athletes." said Jim O'Donovan, Race Director, Cork City Marathon.

The Cork City Marathon kicks off on Patrick Street at 9am sharp on Bank Holiday Monday, June 3rd. It will touch the four points of Cork from North to South, East to West to include Blackpool, Blackrock, Bishopstown and The Lough. Runners have the option of running the full 26.2miles marathon distance individually, a half marathon distance of 13.1 miles, or they can run a leg with a relay team.

The 'Marathon for Everyone', encourages individuals of all levels and abilities to get involved – from first timers to professional athletes, for charity or a sense of personal achievement. It is supported by Cork City Council which is committed to growing the event which is quickly becoming one of the major events in the Irish sporting calendar.

Entry forms and full details are available online at www.corkcitymarathon.ie.


Rob looking back on 2012 on RedFM



Rob Heffernan named Athlete of the Year

Irish Race Walker Rob Heffernan was named as the Athlete of the Year at the National Athletics Awards at a ceremony last night. The athlete, who finished fourth at this year’s Olympics in the 50k Walk, simultaneously broke his own national record with a time of 3:37.54 in London, and was also awarded the Race Walker of the Year Award for 2012. In reaction to receiving the honour, Heffernan tweeted: “So happy to win the athlete of the year. It was great to catch up with some great people and friends last night.”


Racewalking Masterclass at Cork IT Track Saturday November 17th

A Race Walking Masterclass will take place at Cork IT Track on Saturday 17th November. This promises to be a unique event as in attendance will be Olympic athlete Robert Heffernan.

Don’t miss out on the chance to learn more about Race Walking from Robert Heffernan, Liam O Reilly and renound Spanish coach Jacinto Garzon, our special international guest coach. This masterclass is open to all athletes and coaches aged 10+. Athletes from clubs/schools all over Ireland are welcome to attend.


Newstalk Interview featuring Rob



Heffernan walks tall in London

Ireland’s Rob Heffernan produced a stunning performance to finish fourth in the Men’s 50 kilometre walk in London today. The 34 year old Corkman broke the Irish record by a whopping seven minutes and 36 seconds. A relative novice at this distance – he finished ninth in the 20 kilometre race earlier in the Olympics – he made a decision after the Beijing Olympics to target the longer event at the London Games and came so close to winning a medal. Read more


Heffernan looks on bright side as cards fall his way

Rob Heffernan found many reasons to be satisfied when he stood on the Mall in sight of Buckingham Palace and reflected on his ninth- place finish in the 20km walk last night. Heffernan has trained with the 50km race next Saturday as his target but yesterday he recorded his second-best time in the 20k race and for a while he felt he was in contention for a medal. In the final kilometres, Heffernan couldn't match the pace of the Chinese walker Ding Chen and he knew it. Those were the moments, at the limits of his reserves, when he used his experience and reminded himself that his best chance is next weekend. Read more


Olympians back Cork Association for Autism’s Annual Flag Day

Robert and Marian Heffernan have lent their support to the Cork Association for Autism (CAA) in their bid to raise €30,000 on the 25th October 2012 during this Annual Flag Day.

The CAA was founded in 1978 by a group of parents in Cork with autistic children. They were frustrated by the lack of supports for their children and sought to rectify the situation. The CAA has been providing residential supports to adults with Autism since 1991.


Heffernan walks tall in London

Ireland’s Rob Heffernan produced a stunning performance to finish fourth in the Men’s 50 kilometre walk in London today. The 34 year old Corkman broke the Irish record by a whopping seven minutes and 36 seconds. A relative novice at this distance – he finished ninth in the 20 kilometre race earlier in the Olympics – he made a decision after the Beijing Olympics to target the longer event at the London Games and came so close to winning a medal. Read more

 

Heffernan warms up well for 50k

A typically courageous effort from Robert Heffernan wasn’t good enough to keep him in the medal hunt in the men’s 20km race walk, but does set him up nicely for next Saturday’s 50km event, now his preferred distance. Read more

 

Heffernan looks on bright side as cards fall his way

Rob Heffernan found many reasons to be satisfied when he stood on the Mall in sight of Buckingham Palace and reflected on his ninth- place finish in the 20km walk last night. Heffernan has trained with the 50km race next Saturday as his target but yesterday he recorded his second-best time in the 20k race and for a while he felt he was in contention for a medal. In the final kilometres, Heffernan couldn't match the pace of the Chinese walker Ding Chen and he knew it. Those were the moments, at the limits of his reserves, when he used his experience and reminded himself that his best chance is next weekend. Read more

 

Rob Heffernan finishes ninth in the 20km as China's Chen takes gold

Rob Heffernan finished ninth in the 20km walk as Ding Chen of China took the gold medal in a new Olympic record of 1:18.46. Heffernan, whose preferred race is the 50km version, completed the race in a personal best time of 1:20.18. The Cork athlete remained in contention until the closing stages and but dropped off the lead group as Guatemala's Erick Barrondo took silver and China’s Wang Zhen took bronze. Read more

 

Heffernan hunger drives him on

IN his story The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner, author Alan Sillitoe's main character remarks how " ... every run like this is a life - a little life, I know - but a life as full of misery and happiness and things happening ... " While distance running is both physically and emotionally taxing, distance race walking seems to have the potential to be more psychologically demanding. And Rob Heffernan's career has long been one of the most fascinating stories in Irish athletics. Read more

 

Heffernan will do whatever it takes to medal in London

MAYBE IT’S A Cork thing. Few counties offer up competitors so readily. As TheScore reaches the top of the queue to meet Ireland’s leading race-walker, Rob Heffernan, his wife Marian (herself an Olympian in the 400m relay) crossed his path. Read more

 

Rob and Marian Heffernan on their Olympic preparations

BEING A TOP-CLASS athlete is hard work; being a husband-wife Olympic double act with a family to take care of as well must verge on the impossible. Welcome to another day in the lives of Rob and Marian Heffernan. With just eight days to go until London 2012, Rob is making the final preparations for his fourth Olympics where he’ll compete in the 50km race walk as well the 20km where he hopes to go a few places better than his eighth-place finish in Beijing. At the same time, Marian is preparing for her first games as part of Ireland’s 4x400m relay team. Read more

 

Irish Olympic team member Marian Heffernan on The Olympics

Irish Olympic 400m runner and relay team member Marian Heffernan talks about qualifying for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Plus Marian Heffernan talks about sports nutrition.

RTÉ Sport London Calling:

Rob Heffernan makes the grade

Irish race walker Rob Heffernan makes the Olympic qualifying time in Lugano - and gets a foot twitch after he crosses the line in fourth behind three Chinese athletes. London Calling captures the ecstatic highs and crushing lows as Ireland's top athletes - across a range of disciplines - train, compete and try to qualify for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This brand new six-part series follows the medal hopefuls as the tension builds before big qualifying events and joining in the thrill of competition, as the athletes strive to reach London 2012.


With these rings, we go for glory

SOME athletes who room together for long periods of time describe themselves as being like a married couple. Rob and Marian Heffernan actually are. The walker and 400m relay runner will become only the second husband and wife — after Brendan and Sarah Reilly in 2000 — to compete at the Olympic Games. And Rob, 34, revealed that some people are bemused they would room together in London. Read more

 

‘Natural selection’: Heffernan backs Cuddihy for Olympic inclusion

IRISH 4 X 400 Olympian, Marian Heffernan today admitted that she is disappointed with the Athletics Association of Ireland (AAI)’s handling of the selection process for the games. The process was botched last week when the AAI selected Caitriona Cuddihy to form part of the six woman team. Read more

 

Ireland’s Women 4×400m Relay Team make Olympic Qualification

The qualification period for the men’s and women’s 4×100m and 4×400m Relays at the Games of the XXX Olympiad, London 2012 ended on Monday 2 July. The IAAF has officially named the Irish Women’s 4×400m team as one of the 16 teams, with the team placing 13th overall behind Italy.

 

London Calling on RTÉ One - 10.35pm (19th June)

This week, as Robert Heffernan, 20km and 50km racewalker heads off for warm weather training, his wife, 400m sprinter Marian Heffernan has to juggle childcare with preparing for the European Indoor Championships in Paris giving an insight on how a couple, who happen to be elite athletes, balance their relationship and family life, while trying to qualify for the biggest sporting event on the planet. Find Out More

 

Ireland women’s team finish second in 4x400m relay

Ireland's 4X400M Women's relay team competed in Bydgoszcz, Poland today. The team of Claire Bergin, Joanne Cuddihy, Marian Heffernan and Michelle Carey recorded a time of 3:30.61, to finish second to Poland, who won in 3:29.33. Although this was a solid performance, the team had been targeting to break 3:30 to further cement their top 16 placing required to secure Olympic qualification. Find Out More

 

Rob Heffernan's London 2012 Blog

Irish race walker Rob Heffernan discusses his hopes for London 2012 and his career thus far. With just over two months to go to the Olympic Games in London the excitement is really building up. It’s hard to believe that this will be my fourth Olympic Games. Find Out More

 

Heffernan's on The Late Late Show

Ireland's most popular and prestigious television show and is the longest running chat show in the world. Originally conceived as a short filler programme for the summer schedule in 1962 on the then fledgling Irish broadcaster Telefís Éireann, The Late Late Show has gone on to become an Irish institution and today is still the most popular programme on television in Ireland.

The Late Late Show is a unique concept in the television world, offering a two hour live show each Friday from September to May comprising a mix of some of the biggest celebrities the world has to offer, mixed with uniquely Irish stories, people and talking points of the day. Full episode



Irish Elite Race Walkers Target World Cup

Robert Heffernan will be part of the Irish Race Walking team that will travel to Saransk, Russia for the prestigious IAAF World Race Walking Cup on the 12-13th May. A record number of 67 countries have entered to compete. The prominent Russian athletes on home soil are expected to claim the majority of the podium spots.

Heffernan (Togher AC) finished in fourth position in the men's 20k event at the recent race walking grand prix in Portugal. This was Heffernan's best ever performance at a race walking grand prix, finishing in a time of 1:21:28, which was only 14 seconds off a podium position. Read More

 

Heffernan & Loughnane set to compete in Portugal

Robert Heffernan (Togher AC) and Olive Loughnane (Loughrea AC) will compete in the Greater Rio International Race Walking Grand Prix this Saturday, 14th April in Portugal. There is a 20km distance on the programme for both the men and women. Read More

 

Cork City Sports Award for Heffernan

The superb River Lee Hotel was the setting for the annual Cork City Sports Athletics Person of the Year awards. The monthly award winners gathered with family and friends, together with invited guests. Read More

 

Acupuncture Awareness Campaign 2012

Robert Heffernan to launch the Acupuncture Awarness Campaign with the Acupunture Council of Ireland at the UCC on the 29th of February at 5.30pm. Free admission and everyone is welcomed to attend. Click here for more details

 

Sporting couple Rob & Marian Heffernan are hoping for Olympic glory

Rob and Marian Heffernan may have a happy, rock-solid marriage but from this week -- and for a five-week stretch -- the couple will sleep in separate rooms in the house they rent in Douglas, Cork.

The Heffernans are set to be Ireland's first married couple to compete in the Olympic Games, and part of their rigorous preparation means Rob will have to sleep on his own in a special tent that mimics high-altitude conditions.

Rob will set up the tent -- and its generator -- in the bedroom normally occupied by their son Cathal, and Cathal will move into his parents' room.

"Sleeping in those conditions will help give me that little bit of an edge for London," Rob (33) says.

"I know it's not the best for family life, but the tent means I can stay at home and get the benefit of high-altitude conditions rather than having to move abroad for weeks."

Rob is one of the country's most-respected athletes, and a veteran of three Olympics. He is a walker who specialises in both the 20k and the gruelling 50k events and is likely to be among Ireland's chief medal hopes at the London Games. Read More

 

Heffernan takes 14th national indoor title

Robert Heffernan (Togher AC) has secured his 14th national indoor title at the Woodie's DIY Senior Indoor Championships.

The Cork man blitzed away from the field in the opening lap of the 5km walk and continued at a relentless pace, crossing the line in 19 minutes 6.58 seconds. Three-time Olympian Jamie Costin (West Waterford AC) was second in 19.35.06 and Michael Doyle (Tara AC) was third in 19.50.52. Read More

 

Heffernan walking tall for Olympics

Already qualified for the 20k walk at next year's Olympic Games, Robert Heffernan can fight for a medal on two fronts after posting his qualifying standard for the 50k walk at Naumburg.

The Corkman took second place in 3:49.28 secs and young Letterkenny racewalker Brendan Boyce also laid claim to a place in the 50k with a lifetime best of 3:57.58 when finishing sixth in the same race. Read More


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AAI plan to put women's relay team on track for Olympics

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Robert Heffernan qualifies for 2012 London Olympics...

Robert Heffernan (Togher AC) and Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC) have achieved the Olympic qualification standard in the 50km walk in Nuamburg, Germany (Sat 24th Sept 2011).

Rob finished second in 3.49.30, this follows on from the personal best he set at the IAAF Race Walking Challenge in La Coruna last Saturday in the 10km walk when finishing sixth in 39.19 minutes.

Brendan Boyce achieved a personal best of 3.57.58 to finish sixth just inside the qualification standard of 3.59.00 to achieve the standard for his first Olympic Games.