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Irish 3,000m steeplechase champion Michelle Finn from Kanturk with her Mallow-based father and former athlete Toddy Finn after she completed the Mallow Kostal road race earlier this year.

Irish 3,000m steeplechase champion Michelle Finn from Kanturk with her Mallow-based father and former athlete Toddy Finn after she completed the Mallow Kostal road race earlier this year.

Irish 3,000m steeplechase champion Michelle Finn from Kanturk with her Mallow-based father and former athlete Toddy Finn after she completed the Mallow Kostal road race earlier this year.

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Most athletes and runners tend to slow down and seriously consider retirement when they hit the age of 30 but for one Mallow-based Kanturk native the scenario is completely different.

Well known track and road man Toddy Finn fell in love with field events at the age of 30 in 1985 and over the following eight years he ran two marathons and succesfully competed in many track events at various lengths.

In the N.A.C.A.I. Liberties race in the mid '80s,Toddy completed the race out on his own even after giving the front runners a 400m headstart. Just a matter of hours later Finn finished fifth in the BLE New Year's Day 10k, despite walking the closing stages in protest against the rantings of crazed supporters.

In his eight years, Toddy ran with various running bodies and was a hugely popular individual on and off competition. He received a BA and was a teacher of English and Irish for some years.

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Now living in Mallow, the well admired Flying Finn loves table quiz events and is a big supporter of such fundraisers in Mallow. Toddy still has great interest in track and road running as his daughter Michelle Finn is now a big name in the sport and just two weeks ago she romped home as winner of the Women's 3,000m Steeplechase at the Woodie's DIY National Senior Track and Field Championship in Santry in Dublin, while 24 hours later she took third place in the 1500m. In May she ran a time of 9 minutes 54 seconds for the 3,000m steeplechase in Nashville. She has also competed in the World University Games in Kazan in Russia.

Toddy is very proud of his daughter who is now a National Champion and has completed an athletics scholarship in Western Kentucky University where she completed a masters degree in nutrition


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