Mags, Pauline, Elisha, Martin Joyce (Sports Travel International) and Colette

We were delighted to meet up with Ballyhaunis native Martin Joyce after the Irish Runner National 10 mile championships in the Phoenix Park last Sunday. Martin founded Sports Travel International in 1998.

His company  supported the event. Athletics Ireland have recently  announced Sports Travel International as Official Travel Partner.

We recalled happy days when Martin’s company made the travel arrangements for a ‘Hooper’s Troopers’ squad for a few days at the New York City Marathon November 4, 2001.

The great marathon runner Dick Hooper (Raheny Shamrock AC) led the team. Dick won the Irish marathon title six times at various venues nationwide and the Dublin three times. He represented Ireland in the Olympic marathon in Moscow 1980, Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988. He also represented Ireland four times in the European Championships. He clocked a 2:12.19 pb winning the National Marathon Championships in Wexford in 1988. An inspirational figure in a competitive career spanning three decades.

If you missed it here’s Athletics Ireland’s official announcement of travel partnership: