When did you join Sportsworld?

Winter 2011

Where do you work?

National Transport Authority

What is your favourite club session?

800m repeats on grass in summer, especially just after the grass has been cut.

What is your favourite race distance?


What is your favourite meal before a big race?

I don’t run many long races so the notion of a meal before a race is new. All of the long races that I have run were morning races so I guess porridge and banana would be the usual choice.

My Favourite place to train

Phoenix Park for long runs, Bushy Park for short sessions.

What’s your favourite race?

This is a difficult one so let’s say the beach 5k race in Lanzarote although Rathfarnham 5k and cross country are not far behind.

What is your target for the next year?

Hopefully, regain some speed.

What international events have you ran?

3 years going to Lanzarote for the international running challenge, a half marathon in Torrevieja, Spain, a 5km in Boston and a park run in London.

Where’s the most interesting place you have run?

Lanzarote and the Dublin Mountains.

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

Japan has to be top of the list. Culture and food being the highlights.

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

A long list of things: cycling, swimming, learning music, reading the odd book.

How/When did you start your adventure with running?
I started running in autumn 2011, then ran the Rathfarnham 5k. Shortly afterwards I joined Sportsworld.

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

Times: Around 18:30 for a 5km in recent years. 3:14 for my first marathon last year. Achievements: 3rd in age group for Dublin and Leinster 10-mile championship races.

Learning to swim (from having a total fear of being in open water) and then completing a triathlon.

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

I run 4-6 days a week, and the mileage would be 50-80km.

What motivates you? Running or otherwise

A desire to be fit and healthy. Sometimes you dream of fast times so that helps with motivation to train.

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

No one specific thing. The mixture of a training routine, courses, people, occasional races is what attracts me. The social aspect of meeting up for the club sessions is an important factor.

What made you join a Running Club?

Initially for the structured training that being in a club promises along with the possibility of being in the company of better runners might also help to improve times.

Why is running important to you?

A belief that running helps with getting a good work / life balance and keeping fit. Every run gives you that sense of achievement.

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

It would be unfair to call out one individual. Hats off to management for their unselfish giving of time. A fair amount of inspiration comes from the runners around me.

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

Strength and conditioning on Mondays and Wednesdays. I usually cycle and swim a bit but not recently.

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

Relay races and the odd visit to the beach at Bull Island.