Catherine McManus

Irish women’s 4x100 metres relay runner, award-winner and Nissan Generation Next Select 2015.

Multi-talented Catherine’s ambition is to secure qualification for the Rio Olympic Games as part of the Irish women’s 4x100 metres relay team. Catherine is balancing training with completing a Masters and recently received the Marketing Society of Ireland’s LePere award in recognition of Academic Excellence in Marketing having graduated from DCU first in her class with first class honours. #FollowMe

Catherine McManus – last vlog as Generation Next Ambassador.
July 12, 2016

This is Catherine’s last vlog as a Nissan Generation Next ambassador. She is still busy as ever and had some fantastic news – she made it onto the European Championships team!

Catherine McManus – Happy Birthday!
July 12, 2016

Catherine celebrates her birthday in the May vlog, makes a start on her dissertation, travels to Belgium and does lots and lots of working out!

Catherine McManus – racing, resting and cooking up a storm!
May 5, 2016

Catherine has had her last ever lecture this April. She’s also busy racing at home and soon abroad as well as making us super hungry with her healthy recipes!


Catherine McManus – First win of the season!
April 21, 2016

Sprinter Catherine McManus recorded her first win of the season in the inter-varsity 100 metres hurdles and is also busy off the track beginning a masters dissertation on the subject of media attitudes of doping in athletics.

Life has been pretty busy these past few weeks as the lectures in my masters in marketing are coming to a finish just as the outdoor season has started with the IUAA Intervarsity Championships. It has been a hectic month and I’ve been busy keeping the head down and getting through week after week of college and training. There has been little time for anything else but it’s all good, I know all the hard work will be worth it in the end.

I represented DCU in the IUAA Championships and got things off to a flying start by winning the 100 metres hurdles. It was a nice result and I was lucky to get the race out of the way that morning when the weather was good. Doing hurdles in the rain and wind is particularly dangerous!

I am racing again in Morton Stadium in Santry next week and now that the outdoor season has kicked off, I will likely have a race pretty much every week or every second week for the next two months at least.

I mentioned before that I am going to be stepping up from focusing on 100 metres hurdles and sprints events to looking more towards the 200 metres. I don’t have a 200 metres race for another two weeks and that is going to be the first real test. I am looking forward to seeing how I perform over the longer distance. I would like to see an improvement and expect that there will be one having done well and seen an improvement on my personal best over the distance during the indoor season.

It is hard to believe that my lectures will have finished for the year soon and my six years in DCU will be coming to an end – time has flown by! During my masters I have an Autumn semester in which I have a choice of completing a group project or dissertation and I chose the later because of the flexibility it gives me while travelling with athletics. I can give it my attention anywhere, whether I am travelling by air or train or sitting in a hotel room somewhere in Europe the night before a race.

The theme of my dissertation is ‘The changing media attitudes of doping in athletics in the Irish print media since the 1960’s’. I have a genuine interest in the subject so the work involved is not as tedious as you might think. I have gotten through over 800 articles on the subject of doping in athletics that have appeared in the Irish Times alone since 1960. That’s just one publication, so I have a lot of reading ahead of me!

Catherine McManus – From Photoshoots to Track
March 31, 2016

Catherine had a super busy February, make sure to check out the video below to hear about her races, fashion show, photocalls and of course our favourite bloopers.

Catherine McManus – Back to Reality
February 23, 2016

Sprinter Catherine McManus is looking ahead to some new challenges as the outdoor season looms, including stepping up to the 200 metres and 400 metres.

I like challenges and setting goals but the one that is hardest to achieve right now is getting enough sleep. It has been a really busy start to the year and the past few months have flown by trying to balance a busy schedule, so rest has been the one thing that has suffered most. Read on…

Catherine McManus – Christmas Activities
January 21, 2016

Catherine juggles training and trying to enjoy the festive season in her latest blog – with the added extra of having to train during Storm Frank!

Catherine McManus – Training and Driving!
November 30, 2015

Catherine has been busy juggling training, work and academic life while also taking on the challenge of stepping up from the 100 metres and focussing on the 200 metres discipline.

Life is a bit of a juggling act at the moment having started back training, work and college. Most days I’m training in the mornings, working in the afternoons and attending lectures for my Masters in Marketing at DCU Business School in the evenings. Read on…

Catherine McManus – Back in training!
October 25, 2015

Catherine McManus, our resident sprinter and hurdler, gives us a glimpse of her early mornings as she heads back to training while tackling her new job!


Catherine McManus took a bronze medal in the 200 metres event at the National Athletics Championships. Her success has led to a new focus for 2016. Read on…