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
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Rob and Marian Heffernan
Rob & Marian Heffernan kicked off the new season of The Late Late Show.
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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