Colin Griffin

Running Clinic / Strength & Conditioning Coach

Colin is a strength and conditioning coach at the Sports Surgery Clinic with a role that includes the rehabilitation of lower-limb injuries and the delivery running performance services.


He completed a degree in Strength and Conditioning with Setanta College in 2015 and completed Masters Degree in Coaching and Exercise Science in University College Dublin in 2016. He is an IAAF Level 4 certified endurance coach, coach eduaction tutor with Athletics Ireland and an accredited professional member of the Sport Ireland Institute in High Performance Sport Strength and Conditioning.


He has over 15 years experience in high performance sport having represented Ireland at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games in the 50km walk as well as a number of top 12 perofrmances at world and european level. He has also coached other Irish athletes to Olympic level.


In 2011 he founded The Altitude Centre Ireland and pioneered the development of Irelands first residential altitude training centre at the University of Limerick.


His main areas of interest include the rehabilitation of tendinopathies and muscle overload injuries, biomechanics, physiology and athletic development.


Colin is undertaking a PhD on the biomechanics of muscle-tendon interaction at the achilles during exercise, working under JB Morin at the University of Côte d’Azur and in collaboration with SSC Sports Medicine.

Graduate of the University of Limerick (2005) with degree in Public Administration specialising in Management
Diploma in Physical Fitness & Conditioning for Sport, Setanta College (2012)
Currently completing a degree in Strength & Conditioning with Setanta College (expected graduation 2015)
Athletics Ireland Level 3 coach (IAAF Level 4).
Irish Amateur Weight-lifting Association Level 1 coach
REPS Level 2 certificate in Altitude and Hypoxic Training
7th in 1999 IAAF World Youth Championships
9th in 2001 European Junior Championships
Irish record in 50km walk set in 2007 (3.51.32)
Represented Ireland at 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games
11th in 50km walk at 2010 European Championships
15th in 50km walk at 2012 IAAF World Race Walking Cup

Coach to Laura Reynolds who finished 20th in 20km walk at 2012 Olympic Games, and 6th place at 2013 World University Games

Contact Colin Griffin
Fax: +353 1 5262046