Full Name

Darina Hynes

When did you join Sportsworld?

26 Feb 2020!

Where do you work?

Work for a Contract Research Organisation (XenoTech LLC). My role involves managing preclinical drug development projects.

What is your favourite club session?

Hills and sprints

What is your favourite race distance?


What is your favourite meal before a big race?

Porridge with kiwi, peanut butter and raspberries plus lots of coffee!!

My favourite place to train –

Bushy park.

What’s your favourite race?

10km mini marathon.

What is your target for the next year?

Sub 50 mins for the mini marathon.

What international events have you ran?

None unfortunately but my dream is to run the Berlin marathon.

Where’s the most interesting place you have run?

Running along Lake Constance on the German side.

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

I lived in Japan for nearly 4 years and my favourite place to visit was Sapporo for the annual snow festival, the massive ice sculptures were amazing especially all lit up at night.


What do you like doing when you don’t run?

(hobbies/past times) Baking especially for the Sportsworld cake sale!!!

How/When did you start your adventure with running?

After my twin daughters were born, I initially did a few running classes before joining Sportsworld in 2020.

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

Rathfarnham 5K PB was 00:23:36.

150 parkruns, mainly at Tymon parkrun.

What is your biggest non-running related achievement?

Having my twin daughters.

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

I run 3-4 times a week. 2 club sessions, parkrun or track in the summer and maybe a Monday run. Weekly mileage: 30km.

What motivates you?

Running or otherwise. To keep fit and healthy.

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

Running with and meeting inspiring people from all generations.

What made you join a Running Club?

Clare Finnegan persuaded me to join and I haven’t looked back since. Thank you Clare, I don’t know what I would have done without you giving me that friendly encouragement.

Why is running important to you?

Screen free time and having races to aim for.

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

More stretching and cake sales!!

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

Emily’s passion for XC really inspires me and the Raheny XC was definitely a highlight in my running year to date. Myles really encourages you at the sessions and always remembers your name. Thank you both for all your dedication and encouragement to the club. I always remember Ann-Marie was one of the first people I met and really explained things to me at my first session including don’t forget your Hi-Vis!

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

Pilates and cycling my twins to school

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

On my first weekend in Japan, I had to sing “My Heart Will Go On” from the Titanic by Celine Dion, I wasn’t asked again!!!!