When did you join Sportsworld?


Where do you work?

Myself and my Husband run a promotion packaging company called Canpak, based in Ballymount so you can thank us for all your special offers!!

What is your favourite club session?

I would probably have to say Fartlek in Bushy as you get to work together as a group.

What is your favourite race distance?

Not sure I have one but if I had to pick maybe 5 miles

What is your favourite meal before a big race?

I’m not a great eater before a race as I get very nervous so I would probably have 2 boiled eggs 2 hours before no matter what the distance

My Favourite place to train?

Definitely Bushy park during the summer

What’s your favourite race?

100% don’t have one – I even hate the word race!!

What is your target for the next year?

Honestly at this stage just to stay injury free and to train with my little group in the club consistently.

What international events have you ran?

Does Achill count?? J

Where’s the most interesting place you’ve been?

Definitley Argentina – We went at Christmas time and we were so excited that when we arrived we just dropped our bags and headed for the pool and forgot to put suncream on – We spent the 1st 3 nights in the hotel room applying camomile lotion onto our burnt shrivelled up skin watching repeats of Law and Order!!

I still have patches on my skin from the burns and I brought home new Argentinian freckles!!!

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

I love spending time travelling with my little family as this is our downtime! I also love dancing any type of dancing – I just love a good aul bop it clears my head!! Oh and my favourite thing is making and eating food – dinners have been known to take over 4 hours in our house!!

How/When did you start your adventure with running?

After I had my daughter Lucy in 2009 I struggled with my weight (Only so long you can play that tune of – Oh its all water retention!!) I hit the scales at a whooping 16.5 stone and couldn’t get rid so my husband who was a keen runner back then brought me up to Marley park like a little fat dog and said – Jog around  the 2 mile loop so I continued to do this for a few weeks and could see the weight lifting – I decided I needed to find a running club to push me more so I ventured over to Bushy where the lovely Paddy greeted me at the door and the rest is history – I was hooked for life!!

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

I’m what you call a regular social runner so I don’t have any great PB’S but 2011 was definitely my best year

5k = 23m 34 secs

5 mile = 37mins 06secs

10k = 47mins 08 secs

10 mile = 1hr 22 mins

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

I try to run at least 4 times a week so roughly 30k

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

Definitely the friends I have made. To be honest when I 1st joined I thought Jesus Christ runners are zero crack and don’t like to enjoy themselves and let their hair down and take everything too serious, but by God was I wrong – I’ve met my match with some of my now best friends for life in the club – Its never too late in life to find some new BFFs (you know who you are – Trevor!!!)

What made you join a Running Club?

Definitely weight at first, but now it’s certainly for the head

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

I do some Pilates with Lisa Dowling which I find great for my gammy neck

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

When I was younger, I raced pigeons and was the Treasurer of Neilstown Pigeon Club. I once got a Red Busschaert pigeon for my birthday which I trained myself and came 1st in a race from Penzance!! Also, as part of my job I get to drive 2 types of Forklift trucks – multi-talented!!