Full Name

Amanda Hassett

When did you join Sportsworld?

September 2019

Where do you work?

Crumlin Children’s Hospital

What is your favourite club session?

I love a chat so probably the longer runs on Sunday but if I’m looking for a bit of a kick with speed work then maybe the Tuesday sprints.

What is your favourite race distance?

I don’t know if I’ve found my favourite. I’ve been trying them all out over the past year and maybe leaning towards middle distance – 10 mile?

What is your favourite meal before a big race?

I like a morning race so I tend to stick with the reliable oats, banana, and some extra protein.

My Favourite place to train

No specific favourite but definitely like a coastal run. It’s calming if I’m having one of ‘those’ days.

What’s your favourite race?

I was a first timer to the Women’s Mini Marathon last year and the atmosphere there trumps all of the rest.

What is your target for the next year?

To get a little bit faster and hopefully beat some of my times from this year.

What international events have you ran?

I’m a newbie to this but have signed up for Florence half marathon in April!

Where’s the most interesting place you have run?

Probably early morning along the Cliffs of Moher.

Where’s the most interesting place you’ve been? (Doesn’t have to be running related)

Most recently I visited Krakow – between the obvious history in Auschwitz, it had lots of quirky underground restaurants and bars, and Salt Mines which I didn’t know existed!

What do you like doing when you don’t run? (hobbies/past times)

I’m trying to read more, I used to be so good for a few pages at nighttime. I spend most of my free time though catching up with friends and maybe having a cocktail or two.

How/When did you start your adventure with running?

I’ve always played some type of sport so have always been a runner in some shape or form. I ventured in to running a bit more seriously when I joined Ennis Track A.C. when I was 16.

Tell us about your PB’s / What is your biggest achievement?

Without a doubt it’s Dublin Marathon 2022.

What is your biggest non-running related achievement?

I’m finding this to be such a tough question. It’s hard to trump my running experiences over the past 12 months. However, I’m quite proud of my career as a Speech and Language Therapist and supporting children and their families in the hospital.

How often do you run / What is your typical weekly mileage?

January is not a good time to answer this question… mileage is low but I will be aiming to get back to minimum 30km per week.

What motivates you? Running or otherwise

My friends are probably my biggest motivators. My friends are quite driven but seem to take it all in their stride. This definitely reflects the mentality of SW too which makes it easy to be part of the club.

What would you say is the best thing about being in a Running Club?

The comradery when running and accountability to go for a run!

What made you join a Running Club?

I attended a wellness event in 2019 and we filled in diagram of how fulfilled we were in each area of our lives. A very obvious low rating for me – no hobbies! I joined SW the following week.

Why is running important to you?

It helps me to clear my head when stress starts to set in and it’s a good excuse to socialise too.

Is there anything you would like to see more of or less of at the Club?

Nothing major comes to mind. Maybe more bake sales? I missed the one recently and wouldn’t mind a cupcake after training!

Who is the person in the club who inspires/drives to run better?

No one particular person. The marathon runners definitely were an inspirational bunch and for sure helped me to cross the finish line! I also think following Sportsworlders on Strava helps push me to run more and set new targets – hello to all of you who got a new follower after my recent XC endeavours!

Do you do any cross training / other sports on a regular basis?

I give a good attempt at Reformer Pilates but I don’t know if you could count my attendance as regular.

Tell us something that no one in the club knows about you!?

Ideally, this time next year I’ll be heading off either to travel or live abroad!