"Very Lucky" Offaly Runner Looking To Make Most Of Championship Opportunity

Laura Mooney will be running for Ireland at senior level for the first time this evening.

A near career ending dog attack didn't get in the way of Tullamore Harrier Laura Mooney setting a sequence of personal bests that have seen the Offaly runner called up to the national team for the European Athletics Championships.

After being told she was lucky to run again at all after being attacked by two rottweilers earlier this year, Mooney lowered her personal best times in both the 10,000m and 5,000m.

She and her coach Ray Treacy are planning on looking to reserve enough energy to finish strong in the 10,000m final tonight.

She says doctors told her the dog attack could have knocked her out of running permanently:

Mooney joined Midlands 103's David Hollywood to talk about a remarkable season ahead of tonight's contest, she starts by she's delighted to be involved:


Mooney and compatriot Anika Thompson take to the track in Rome at 8.30pm.

Tomorrow, will see Mullingar Harriers runner Cormac Dalton competing for Ireland in the men's 10,000m.

Last year's National Cross Country champion will be on track with Brian Fay, Efrem Gidey, Peter Lynch, and Barry Keane in the evening session.

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