Catriona McKiernan is a native of Co Cavan, Ireland. She is the winner of numerous long distance and marathon races and is widely regarded as one of the best ever cross country runners. In 1998 McKiernan became the first Irish person to win the London Marathon.
Catriona McKiernan was born in Cornafean, about 13km west of Cavan town on November 30th 1969. Interested in sport from a young age she played Gaelic games before concentrating on athletics. She represented Ireland at the Olympics in 1992 and in 1996. In 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995 she was the winner of the silver medal at the World Cross Country Championships.
In 1997 McKiernan began competing in the Marathon, winning her first race in Berlin that year. In 1998 she was the winner of the marathon in both London and Amsterdam. Due to injury she was unable to compete in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and the 2004 Olympics in Athens. She announced her retirement in 2004.
Catriona McKiernan became the first Irish person to win the London Marathon in the year 1998 On This Day.