When did you join Sportsworld?
Ten years ago although i did abscond to the triathlon gang for a year or so, always knew I’d be back to my running.
Where do you work?
I’m a swim teacher, and gym instructor, so various leisure centres around Dublin. am also a qualified massage therapist.
What is your favourite club session?
Long long runs and the winter hills and sprints.
What is your favourite race distance?
Marathon and 50ks, I love endurance events, did my fist 100k ultra this year.
What is your favourite meal before a big race?
I’m old school night before, steak and spuds or a chicken pasta dish. I love me grub so can eat pretty much anything. Morning before runs and races porridge on water add chi seed or nuts with berries or strawberries manuka honey and of course bananas.
My Favourite place to train is?
Any forest trails, and parks or quite country roads anywhere away from noisy big cities and traffic.
What’s your favourite race?
I did a 39mile ultra in Connemara in 2015 and the scenery was breathtaking and race well organised also Lanzarote is brilliant.
What is your target for the next year?
Definitely planned another few marathons and another ultra hopefully the 24h in Belfast sounds good.
What is your best Sportsworld memory?
My fist marathon in Dublin 2009, proudly wearing my club singlet, never believed I would do another one, but will always remember the feeling at the finish, its the same now after each event no matter what the distance.
What international events have you ran?
Lanzarote running challenge, Berlin marathon, Ironman in France and Holland, Prague half.
Where’s the most interesting place you have run?
Ha, Liverpool marathon because I was sick told not to run but did anyway after staying out boozing the night before ,was a lovely course, and have the best football team. Pity they only ran it that one year.
Where’s the most interesting place you’ve been? (Doesn’t have to be running related)
Croatia, Amsterdam come to mind, Canada is amazing have family so been in winter and summer, lake Garda in Italy is lovely place to tour camping and of course we love France.
What do you like doing when you don’t run? (hobbies/pastimes)
Well apart from swimming and cycling, I like to cook, and I play snooker and pool helps me to chill. I would have loved to take up boxing when i was younger but girls weren’t allowed , my dad was a Dublin champion in the 1940s and my 2 brothers boxed.
How/When did you start your adventure with running?
I was always into all sports ran a little played basketball at school but loved football. I played soccer and even won a FAI cup medal until I tore my cruciate ligament in my mid thirties and gave up for a while, got into bad habits and before i knew it was overweight, then decided to change things, lost a stone before my 40th birthday started running and I haven’t looked back.
Tell us about your PB’s / What is your biggest achievement?
I’m not a slave to the clock prefer to just run with freedom. I’m built for endurance so 100k 12.47, Marathon pb 3.47, half 1.43, 50k around 4.44 finished 2 iron man distance triathlons 4k swims 180k bike and 42 k runs.
What is your biggest non-running related achievement?
As above , also having my children.
How often do you run / What is your typical weekly mileage?
Would run every day if i can and usually do sometimes twice depends what I’m training for anything from 15 to 60 miles.
What motivates you? Running or otherwise
I run a lot on my own then I talk my self into what I can achieve, so I set another challenge. I’ve a no limits . I go off the beaten track to small local races and meeting new people , hearing there stories is amazing. I know people who would love to be able to get out but can’t I so feel so lucky every time I put on the runners.
What would you say is the best thing about being in a Running Club?
It’s great crack we have runners from every level some serious some not so, there is a group for everyone. And now there’re more nights out.
What made you join a Running Club?
I was jogging in Bushy when i spotted the club house went and joined straight away to improve and to meet like minded people, I’ve been working in swimming pools and gyms but really wanted to be outdoors. Was exactly what I needed.
What was your first day at the Club like?
I was bit nervous didn’t know what to expect, i met Anne Sweeney we joined around the same time, have been training together ever since chatting away on many long runs, then spent a memorable week in Lanzarorte in 2012.
Why is running important to you?
It relives stress for me I’m not happy until I get my run in.
Who is the person in the club who inspires/drives to run better?
Claire Harrigton has been a great help with the ultra training she is a brilliant endurance athlete, also Shay and Ronan with their amazing events. I ran a 50k with them in Donade forest a few years back, top lads.
Do you do any cross training / other sports on a regular basis?
Swimming, pilates, few light weights.
Tell us something that no one in the club knows about you!?
I have no sense of direction which is why everyone in the club has give me lifts at some point thanks all of you and how in the iron man cycle in Amsterdam i took a wrong turn and ended up doing an extra 20k.