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Catherina McKiernan is a record breaker. Don’t take my word for it; see for yourself.

She’s an Olympian, European Cross Country champion, a four-time World Cross Country silver medallist, winner of the London, Berlin and Amsterdam marathon and as previously mentioned, an Irish marathon record holder.

Born in 1969 in County Cavan, Catherina began her running career in the 1980s. The first taste of success came in 1988 when she won the Irish schools cross country title. Building on that victory, Catherina took important strides forward and blossomed into a world-class athlete.

In 1994, she clinched the inaugural European Cross Country title. From 1992 to 1995, she secured four consecutive silver medals in the World Cross Country championships.

She represented Ireland at the Olympics in 1992 and 1996. In 1998, she became the first Irish person to conquer the London marathon.

Her legacy in Irish sport is doubtless. She retired in 2004 and is now a certified ChiRunning instructor; conducting running workshops for groups and teaching people the correct mechanism for injury-free running.