Sebastian Coe once said that, theatrically, the mile is the perfect distance: “Blink and you miss a sprint, the 10,000 metres is lap after lap of waiting, but the mile is just the right length — beginning, middle, end; a story unfolding.”
Canada’s Crystal Emmanuel shone brightest at the 66th edition of the Cork City Sports last night, the 25-year-old blasting to a national record of 22.50 in a race in which Bandon’s Phil Healy broke new ground with a huge personal best of 23.32.
Flagged as a great Irish middle-distance hope since winning silver at the World Youth Championships in 2009, Ciara Mageean has been hampered by severe injury. But the Portaferry native made good on her talent last July, with a 1,500m bronze medal at the European Championships in Amsterdam.
Race day is almost here. It's time to lay out your gear, check the route map and put plans in place for travelling to the start line. The following bits and bobs should form part of your checklist and are essential items in any runner's bag.