This week we meet former High Jumper Breda Browne a long standing member of the Sportsworld cross country teams over the past 12 years. Also regular on the Sportsworld trip to lanzarote Breda is always a positive person to be around. She has been injured recently but is on the way back.

When did you join Sportsworld?
12 years ago

Where do you work?
Irish blood transfusion service (scientist)

What is your favourite club session?
Cross country training in Phoenix park

What is your favorite race distance?
Cross country

My Favourite place to train/compete is?
I run on the trails around Biarritz France on holidays every year and really like running there

What is your target for the next year?
To stay injury free and get back to cross country racing.

What international events have you ran?
Berlin and Edinburg half marathons

What do you like doing when you don’t run?
I like all sport (watching and going to matches) I like the cinema. Eating out and I read a lot.

How/When did you start your adventure with running?
I did track and field ( high-jump and heptathlon) for years. When I retired I started running to maintain fitness

Tell us about your PB’s / What is your biggest achievement?
I won the meet and train cross country series one year

How often do you run / What is your typical weekly mileage?
I run 4 times a week

What would you say is the best thing about being in a Running Club?
I like the social aspect of the club. Also I like the team competitions.

What made you join a Running Club?
I had been a member of an athletic club for several years (in Ireland , UK and USA) and always loved the camaraderie among fellow athletes. Also I really like competing with the club.

What was your first day at the Club like?
There were only about 10 people there. I misunderstood Emily s instruction to jog a few laps and I tried to stay with the group on 2 fartlek laps of bushey park. I couldn’t walk for a few days afterwards. Really liked it though and though the group were really friendly.

Why is running important to you?
I have lots of friends in running and also find running a great stress reliever.

Who is the person in the club who inspires/drives to run better?
Sandra Gowran and Phil kilgannon are always really encouraging. They are both really good-humoured yet serious about their running. Sportsworld s own poster-boy and 2015 1200m division D champion is an inspiration to all.

Do you do any cross training / other sports on a regular basis?
I cycle, go to the gym (weights) and do pilates