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Centra Pink Walk - Baltinglass

What a great turnout for Centra Baltinglass Pink Walk yesterday, where world champion Rob Heffernan led the charity walk in aid of Action Breast Cancer!


Let's Walk Bishopstown

Rob Heffernan led a walk in aid of Action Breast Cancer in Bishopstown, Cork as part of our Let's Walk campaign.

Walker Rob Heffernan set for Baltinglass fundraiser

The campaign is to raise needed funds for the Irish Cancer Society's Action Breast Cancer programme. Read more


Fitness, Focus And Why You Should Walk For Breast Cancer

Rob talks about starting out in racewalking, how he maintains his fitness routine, staying focused during training and why you should pull on your runners and stretch those legs for a good cause… Read more

World Champion Rob Heffernan Gets into the Pink with Centra’s
“Let’s Walk” Campaign

Irish athletics star and current World Champion walker Rob Heffernan launched Centra’s “Let’s Walk” initiative which aims to get thousands of people walking in their local community to raise much needed funds for the Irish Cancer Society’s Action Breast Cancer programme this October. Read more

Heffernan carries hopes of a nation on Zurich track

Set the alarm clocks early as the best 50km race walker in the world, Rob Heffernan, will attempt to add the European title to the World Championship gold he won last summer in Moscow at 8.0am on Friday morning. Read more

Strong Irish contingent capable of stirring Letzigrund showing

That’s because at age 36, and with 14 years of major championship experience latched on to his slender shoulders, Heffernan knows the exact meaning of the word “peak”, and that’s what Zurich has been all about. Not many Irish athletes, no matter what the sport, replicate a championship winning season the following year, although so far Heffernan has got everything right. Read more

Heffernan to get upgraded to Euro bronze after Russian banned

Ireland's world 50km race walking champion Rob Heffernan is to be upgraded to a European bronze medal after one of his opponents was retrospectively banned for doping back in 2010. The feisty Cork athlete finished fourth in both the 20km and 50km races at the 2010 Europeans in Barcelona, which was the first time he doubled up and raced the 'marathon' distance at a major championship. Read more

Rob Heffernan training smarter ahead of Euros

World 50k walking champion Rob Heffernan has given an insight into the intense and intelligent training regime he hopes will lead to success at next month’s European Championships. Heffernan will lead a highly promising Irish team in the Europeans in Zurich from 12-17 August. Read more

Heffernan to lead Team Ireland at Euros

Reigning 50k walk world champion Robert Heffernan will lead a team of 30 Irish athletes to compete at the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich between 12-17 August. Last August the Cork man made history by becoming Ireland’s third ever world champion when he struck gold in Moscow. Read more

Heffernan to lead Irish athletics team in Europe

Rob Heffernan will lead an Irish team of 25 athlete’s to Zurich for next months Europeans, which take place from August 12 – 17. "I am really looking forward to the huge challenge that lies ahead in Zurich and look forward to bringing more national pride to Ireland”. Heffernan said at the teams announcement. Read more

Official opening of LloydsPharmacy Kinsale with Rob & Marian

Rob Heffernan was on hand in Dublin to launch the network and provide his own take on the power of positivity. He said, “For me, it is vital to have a positive attitude with the work load I have to undertake. Also staying around positive like-minded people can help you achieve your goals. I don't feel there is anything I cannot achieve if I put my mind to it, combined with a desire to work hard.”

Rob Heffernan to lead the charge in China

World 50km Race Walking Champion Rob Heffernan will lead the Irish Team at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Taicang, China from 3-4 May. Heffernan, last year’s Athletics Ireland athlete of the year, made his competitive comeback on the race walking circuit at the Lugano Race Walking Grand Prix in Switzerland last month. He finished fifth in the 20km race in Lugano in a time of 1:20'57". Read more

Heffernan fifth in Swiss comeback

World champion Robert Heffernan (Togher AC) came fifth on his return to the international race walking circuit in Switzerland. Ireland's 50km world champion opened his season over the shorter distance of 20km and was understandably happy with his time of 80 minutes and 57 seconds. Read more

An Post series stamp of approval

Having taken up stationary cycling as a way to stay fit during pregnancy, former Olympic sprinter Marian Heffernan was this week announced as one of five ambassadors to the An Post Cycling Series, where she will tackle the 60k Cork Rebel Tour on September 13. Read more

Retired Marian steers clear of the slow lane

It’s just over a year since the 31-year-old Cork athlete drew the curtains on a career that had peaked just months earlier with an appearance at the 2012 London Olympics in the 4x400m relay. Read more

Rio still on the radar but Zurich the main goal for 2014

Robert Heffernan is continuing to aim to feature at the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro in 2016 but next August’s European Championships in Zurich are his immediate focus for 2014. Heffernan finished second at a mile race at the Millrose Games in New York recently and is gearing up for the season ahead after winning the gold medal in the 50km walk at last year’s World Championships in Moscow. Read more

Become a Series Cyclist!
Get on Your Bike This Summer with the An Post Cycle Series

What do Bressie, Paul Galvin, Matt Cooper, PJ Gallagher and Marian Heffernan have in common? They’ve all committed to getting back on their bikes this summer and becoming Series Cyclists for the 2014 An Post Cycle Series. The five event series, supported by An Post in partnership with the Irish Sports Council, take place over the summer from May to September in Sligo, Clare, Meath, Waterford and Cork. Read more

Up & Running: Heffernan walks away with city award for the third time

A couple of days before travelling to New York where he finished second to Sweden's Andreas Gustafsson over one mile at the Millrose Games, World 50k Walk champion Robert Heffernan, pictured above with the chairman of Cork City Sports Tony O'Connell, received the Cork City Sports Athletics Person of the Year award for the third time. Read more

Irish race walker Rob Heffernan on how Irish athletics can catch up

World champion Rob Heffernan wants to help walking gain popularity in the US and today’s 107th Millrose Games in Upper Manhattan will give him that opportunity. He spoke to John Riordan. This is the tough part, Rob Heffernan admits. He’s away from his new baby girl Regan for the first time since she was born late last month. Read more

Heffernan taking a walk on the wild side

World champion Rob Heffernan wants to help walking gain popularity in the US and today’s 107th Millrose Games in Upper Manhattan will give him that opportunity. He spoke to John Riordan. This is the tough part, Rob Heffernan admits. He’s away from his new baby girl Regan for the first time since she was born late last month. Read more

Marathon labour delivers 12lb girl for Rob and Marian

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.” Read more

Humbled Heffernan walks Cork Person of the Year award

It came as little surprise to the 250 guests at the awards ceremony in Rochestown Park Hotel yesterday that the judges had chosen Rob Heffernan as the winner. The 35-year-old was always going to be a frontrunner after his triumph in the 50km walk in Moscow last August. Yesterday’s announcement was greeted by huge applause. Read more

Aoibhinn & Company with Rob and Marian Heffernan

Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin is joined each week by a guest who talks about their life, passions and influences, as well as choosing their favourite music. This week, Aoibhinn interviews World Champion walker Rob Heffernan and his wife Marian, an athlete herself and also his coach. Read more

Emerging from the shadows to be best of best

Theirs is not a conventional life but then, if it were, Rob Heffernan wouldn't be a world champion. His wife Marian, an international 400m runner who put her own athletics career aside a year ago to manage his, is due a baby at the end of January, so they've had to make some contingency plans. They've converted the attic to help make room for their third child and there's also a 5m x 6m log cabin in the back garden now. Read more

Canon Hayes Awards

The great and the good of Irish sport was celebrated in Tipperary on Sunday December 22nd when the 18th Annual Canon Hayes National Sports Awards took place at Ballykisteen Hotel, Tipperary. A great line up of nominees featured in the shortlist for the awards which was presided over by Martin Quinn, Chairman of the Canon Hayes Recreation Centre. Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr. Tom Hayes, T.D., presented the awards and congratulated the organisers in keeping alive the community spirt of the late Canon Hayes. He also welcomed the announcement by his colleague Minister Michael Ring of a new €40 million fund for important sports projects in the 2014 round of the Sports Capital Programme.

Some of the top names in Irish Sport were in attendance including World Champion Racewalker, Rob Heffernan and his wife Marian, Captain of the Irish Women's Rugby Team, Fiona Coghlan, Clare Hurling Manager Davy Fitzgerald, CEO of the FAI John Delaney, Racehorse Trainer Aidan O'Brien and his wife Ann Marie, Managing Director of Special Olympics, Europe/Euraisa, Mary Davis, Member of the Council of European Athletics Liam Hennessy and former President of the GAA, Seán Kelly, MEP. With the citations being delivered it was time to hand out the various awards for 2013 and the first winner announced was from the category of Local Award which went to 3 players from St. Michael's AFC in Tipperary. James Walsh, Chris Higgins and Paul Breen were part of the Irish Junior Team that won the International Quandrangular Cup this year. They got the nod over the Cappawhite Ladies Senior Football Team and up coming ladies rugby player, Ameeleigh Murphy Crowe.

The County Award went to Loughmore Castleiney who pulled off the County Senior Double (Hurling and Football) this year. The other nominees in this category were Clonmel AC Athlete Seán Tobin and Showjumper Greg Broderick. In the line up for the National Award were FAI Ford Cup Champions, Sligo Rovers, Clare Hurling Manager, Davy Fitzgerald and the Irish Women's Rugby Team. When the Judges envelope was opened it revealed that the Clare hurling supremo had scooped the National Award. A clearly delighted Davy Fitzgerald told the audience that it was all the sweeter as the award was coming from Tipperary!

The Outstanding Achievement Award went to World Champion Racewalker, Rob Heffernan who said that he was very honoured to receive this prestigious award. Rob spoke about his achievement in winning the Gold Medal and on his hopes for the future. Having honoured all the sportspersons in the various categories it was time to pay tribute to a recently retired sporting great. The Mick Doyle Golden Memory Award was presented by former President of the GAA, Seán Kelly, to former Tipperary Goalkeeper Brendan Cummins. Many tributes were paid to Brendan for an inter-county career that spanned 20 years and included a record 73 championship appearances.

The final award of the night was the Volunteer in Sport Award which honours those who have contributed on a voluntary basis to sporting clubs in South Tipperary. There were 6 nominees for the award and the winner was Tom O'Ceallaigh of Clonmel Commercials GFC.

Rob's 50km gold voted the greatest Irish sporting achievement of 2013

Rob Heffernan’s 50km gold medal at the World Championships in Moscow narrowly pipped Tony McCoy riding his 4,000th winner as the year’s greatest Irish sporting achievement according to the Pembroke Communications Sport Sentiment Index. Heffernan secured 12% of the vote, just ahead of McCoy’s 11% and three clear of the Grand Slam heroics of Ireland’s women’s rugby team. Read more

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

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.