Catherina McKiernan

Former World and European Medallist, Olympian, a columnist with Irish Runner Magazine

One of Ireland’s most successful Irish Sports women, Catherina won silver at the World Cross Country championships four years in row from 1992 to 1995. She won gold at the inaugural European Cross Country in 1994.  She was winner of the prestigious Berlin & London Marathon. Her Irish Marathon Record of 2:22:23 still stands.

Since her retirement Catherina has held running workshops helping runners improve their fitness and learn to run effortlessly. As a Chi Running Master she focuses on posture, core strength, relaxed legs, and “mindfulness” for correct running technique.

She regularly takes part in Park Runs and enjoys the occasional challenge of 5k or 10k race. A strong believer in not just the physical but also the mental health benefits of running. Originally from Cornafean in Cavan, lives now in Castleknock, Dublin with her children Deirbhile aged 14 and Patrick aged 10.

Key Achievements

    • World Cross Country Silver Medallist 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995
    • Winner of IAAF Cross Country Challenge 1991/2, 1992/3, 1993/4, 1994/5
    • Gold Medallist European Cross-Country Championships 1994
    • Fastest Women Marathon Debut in History, Berlin, 1997 1st in 2:23:44
    • Winner of three big city marathons: Berlin, London, Amsterdam
    • Marathon personal best 2:22:23 still stands as the Irish Record
    • Irish Olympian 1992 & 1996
    • Track Personal bests: 5,000m 14:49 & 10,00m 31:08
    • Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon winner: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004
    • National titles a 3000m (4): 1990-1993, 5000m (1): 1996 cross country (3): 1990-1992


Fit for Business | Running Workshops

Catherina McKiernan is a REAL running expert. She loves to run, and she wants to share her enjoyment of running with your employees, so they too can feel the benefits for both their body and mind. Her workshops are energising and motivating. During her session runners become mindful of their body position and correct posture for improved running technique: “With a little bit of focus and lots of relaxation you will become a much more efficient runner, with a lot less impact on your body”

A range of workshops are available

  • Getting Started: Learning on your lunchtime, the essential toolkit for getting started in running, with tips on how to have good running form.
  • The First 5k: A six-week training programme aimed at beginners, to help them to get ready and feel confident to complete their first 5k. There is a strong focus on laying a foundation of good running technique for effortless running and to avoid injuries.
  • Getting Faster: A programme developed for the regular runner (regardless of their ability), this six-week training programme will allow them to run quicker with improved running form.
  • Half/Marathon Training: For the experienced runner looking for a new challenge, this 16- week training programme will help them to build their mileage appropriately and get them to the finish line.

Worked With:

Mercer, McCann Fitzgerald, Kildare County Council, Liberty Insurance, Eir, Ulster Bank

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