ROB HEFFERNAN - IRISH ATHLETE
Robert is an Irish race walker and World Champion. He competed at the 2008 Olympic Games, coming eighth in the 20km Walk. His wife Marian Andrews is also national women's 400 metres champion and was on the Irish women's team that finished 4th in the European indoors. On 27 July 2010, Heffernan finished fourth in the 20 km walk, in a time of 1:21:00 (only 11 seconds away from a bronze medal). He also finished 4th in the 50km walk in a national record time of 3:45:30.This was an amazing achievement due to the fact it was just 3 days after the 20 km event. At the 2012 Olympics, Heffernan finished ninth in the 20km race. A week later he finished fourth in the 50km, finishing seven minutes faster than the previous national record. The two performances were the top two performances for the Irish Athletics team at the 2012 Olympics.
On 14 August 2013, Heffernan finished first in the 2013 World Championships in Athletics 50km event in Moscow, finishing over a minute clear of the silver medal position with a winning time of 3:37:56. Speaking after the race Heffernan said "Its surreal, it's just a great feeling," he said. "When I came into the stadium it just felt like an out of body experience. It's hard to take it all in at the moment. I'm delighted." The winning time was the fastest time in the world in 2013 by more than three minutes.
MARIAN HEFFERNAN - IRISH ATHLETE
Marian Heffernan started running at the young age of 7 under her maiden name of Andrews. Competing for her local club Mahon A.C Marian won countless county and provincial sprinting titles. The break down of her local club forced her to join Togher A.C, here guided by volunteer coaches she commenced another chapter of her early sporting life. Starting off as a 100/200m runner Marian found her niche in 2002 while being entered in a national league in the 400m. Following this Marian trained as a 400m runner and competed at a high level nationally until 2004. Marian went into semi retirement from 2004-2007, stepping away from the sprinting scene Marian trained with her husband Robert running his 20k sessions and competing in the occasional 5k/10k races While on a training camp with Robert in 2007, Marian started to get the itch back for the sprinting life. She aimed to run the 2008 indoor championships with the hope of the women's 4*400m relay team being sent to the World Indoor Championships. This plan was short lived as the team wasn't sent, but this gave Marian the push needed to have championships in her sights.
In 2008 Marian brought her personal best from 55.15-53.97, under the direction of herself. The Irish 4*400m relay was on the border of qualifying for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, being ranked 18th in the world, where as top 16 teams in the world were sent.
Marian was on the Irish team who broke the Irish record in Daegu in the 400m relay. They qualified provisionally for the Olympic Games in London.