The Irish Life Dublin Marathon has today announced Olympians Catherina McKiernan and Mick Clohisey as the coaching team for the 2022 event and Race Series.

The Olympic duo have developed training plans for all races in the series and the marathon using their vast expertise and knowledge. They are part of the overall Runners’ Support Squad to help runners harness the power of support to achieve their goals, whether they aim to run sub 60 minutes for the 10km, complete the half marathon distance, or run sub 3 hours for the marathon.

Coaching Team

Irish Marathon record holder and former London Marathon winner Catherina McKiernan said, “I am delighted to be part of the Irish Life Dublin Marathon and Race Series team to help runners realise their race goals. We all run on support when taking on the challenge of training for a marathon, from emotional encouragement right the way through to the more specialist advice from professional experts.”

“It is a fantastic resource for runners to tap into the wealth of knowledge that both Mick and Catherina can provide,” added Jim Aughney, Race Director.

“They will offer guidance and tips for runners of all abilities as they take on the journey to train for races ranging in distances from 5 miles to 26.2 miles.”

Runners’ Support Squad

There will also be advice and support from a panel of experts along the journey, including a nutritionist, psychologist, and physiotherapist.

“We understand the importance of having the right support and guidance to be confidently prepared for the big events in our lives,” said Declan Bolger, CEO of Irish Life.

“We believe that support in the lead up to the Irish Life Dublin Marathon and Race Series will make all the difference to those 45,000 runners who will toe the line across the five races, making it the largest mass participation event series held in Ireland.”

“We want to positively impact their experience by giving them more access to the expert advice that will help them to achieve their goals.”

Research on Social Support

Research has shown that support from coaches, teammates, family, friends, and experts such as physiotherapists and psychologists, positively affects an athlete’s cognitive, emotional, and behavioural state.

Jessie Barr, Performance Sports Psychologist and one of the Runners’ Support Squad said, “Social support is broadly reported to be an essential factor for an athlete’s success regardless of ability. It creates a perception of being cared for by others and having a reliable network to turn to when needed. If you are taking on a significant personal challenge having the right support structure in place can increase your chance of success.”

One-to-One Coaching

There is also an exciting opportunity for two runners who have secured a place in the sold-out Irish Life Dublin Marathon to win one-to-one coaching and mentoring from either Catherina or Mick. To be in with a chance to win, all runners need to do is share why they have signed up to race the Irish Life Dublin Marathon, whether that be to raise funds for a cause close to their heart or a personal journey to prove something to themselves. Entries can be made at

Race Series

Entry for the Irish Life Dublin Race Series is open at

The Irish Life Dublin Marathon on Sunday 30th October is sold out.


Sport for Business Perspective

Many of those getting ready for October origionally signed up to race in what would have been 2020. They may need the extra support that Irish Life is providing.



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