Marathon labour delivers 7lb girl for Rob and Marian

Ireland’s World Champion walker Rob Heffernan had another reason to celebrate yesterday when his wife, Marian, gave birth to a baby girl.

Rob Heffernan and wife Marian after he won the Cork Person of the Year award earlier this month. The couple were yesterday celebrating the birth of their 12lb baby girl at Cork University Maternity Hospital. Pic: Eddie O'Hare

Writing on the Rob & Marian Heffernan Facebook page just after 6pm yesterday, the world 50km walk champion said: “Life doesn’t get any better than this. New baby daughter, so proud of my wife Marian and the magnificent staff in the Cork CUH. Thanks to everybody for the well wishes.”

He had taken to Twitter on Saturday afternoon to tell his followers that Marian’s waters had broken. The tongue-in-cheek tweet read: “How inconsiderate of my darling wife’s waters to break in the middle of a hard training session this morning ;)”

It is understood the marathon labour session took almost 25 hours, ultimately resulting in the delivery of a 7lb baby girl yesterday afternoon.

Marian Heffernan, 31, is a qualified sports therapist and a 400-metre sprinter who competed at the 2012 Olympics in London.

In August of last year 35-year-old Rob became the first Irish athlete to win gold at the World Championships in 18 years when he was first over the line in the50km walk in Moscow.

It has led to a string of awards since then, including being named Cork Person of the Year at a ceremony in Rochestown Park Hotel in the city earlier this month.

Rob, who trains at Fitnessworx gym on the Tramore Road in Cork, is back in full training for the World Race Walking Cup which will be held in China in May.

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