Maher sees bright future for young star

BRIAN MURPHY, a member of the national 4 x 400m squad, is moving up to 800m this season and new special training gear, sponsored by Mahers Sports Therapy, will ensure an early breakthrough.

That’s the promise from the former Olympic marathon runner turned sports therapist, Peter Maher, who now treats injured sports people in his clinic outside Carrigaline. He also coaches athletes, including UCC student Brian Murphy. A former Irish universities champion and a member of the Irish 4 x 400m relay team that made the finals at the European championships in Gothenburg last year, he began the season with 48.40 at the Leevale 40th anniversary sports at The Mardyke.

Maher feels that his future is in 800m running. “He has run 1:18.2 for 600m which would indicate that he is capable of running a fast time for 800m.”

He feels the new Skins performance sportswear will give him the edge. Pioneered in Australia, it works wonders for athletes who spend so much of their time struggling with the pain that only lactic acid can inflict.

The kit, which is available from John Buckley Sports, could be a familiar sight on Irish tracks in the future.

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