When did you join Sportsworld?

April 2016

Where do you work?

I work as a Project Manager in an Irish company called PM Group, based in Tallaght.

What is your favourite club session?

My favourite session is the fartleg loop in Bushy Park closely followed by a Saturday morning cross country session in Kiltipper ( “field of screams”) in the depths of winter 

What is your favourite race distance?

I think on the road, it is a 10 km race and in the  cross country races – 7km

What is your favourite meal before a big race?

Porridge and honey

My Favourite place to train

I have no favourite really. I like the Waterworks and up around the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park (with the skylarks overhead). I also like running by the coast in south Dublin  

What’s your favourite race?

My first race ever was the Terenure 5 mile race in 2012 that triggered a love of racing. However, my favourite is the National cross country race because of the great atmosphere and the comraderie of the Sportsworld’s teams

What is your target for the next year?

Just to keep enjoying running.

What international events have you ran?

I have run the International racing challenge in Lanzarote for 3 years. I also ran a Christmas Parkrun in Germany with champagne and marzipan cake at the finish. That was a nice touch.

I also have ran in Bere Island a few times (Midsummer Race and a Parkrun)  J                 

Where’s the most interesting place you have run?

I think it must be Gili Air (an island off Bali) with a beautiful beach running along its 5km circumference, at sunset or sunrise. 

I travel a lot with work so I always bring my gear and go for a touristy run around various cities. I love cities with a waterfront

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

I think Indonesia and Egypt – mainly for the people I met                                         

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

I took up boxercise with Mick Dowling two years ago when I had a foot injury and kept it going . I find it compliments the running. I love soccer (Republic of Ireland (all levels), St Patricks Athletic (occasionally) and of course the soon to be announced 2020 PL champions -Liverpool). I had to give up five aside last year as I was getting too many injuries .

I also try to do core training in the club once a week. I can’t understand why others don’t join in and use the great free facilities in the club.

I also fly fish on the River Slaney when I get time.

I like going to the cinema and reading also

How/When did you start your adventure with running?

I started running in 2010 to assist with my tennis and 5 a side football. After a while the tennis slipped down the pecking order into insignificance

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

5km: 19.46 (Docklands 5k 2019)

10km: 41.03  (South Dublin 10 k, Clondalkin 2019)

Half: 1.36 (Dublin Race Series Half Marathon 2018)

Marathon: 3.44 (Dublin Marathon 2012- one and only Marathon)

What is your biggest non-running related achievement?

Too modest to say J

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

4-5 times a week, maybe 30-35 miles a week… I don’t really measure

What motivates you? Running or otherwise

I love being out in the open air, being with friends and letting the endorphins run through

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

I like that we all have a simple common interest and the genuine comraderie of the other members in just getting out there to run 

What made you join a Running Club?

I ran with a few people once and enjoyed the chat over the miles (it went so quick) rather than slogging on my own. I remember Eoin O’Brien mentioning  Sportsworld many times before I took the plunge in joining. I haven’t looked back since.

Why is running important to you?

I find it great for the body and the head. It is a great stress reliever apart from the pre-racing nerves

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

Maybe some more warm up/down exercises before/after training

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

 There are too many to mention. Most people in the club in their own little way inspire me.

I am genuinely amazed at the effort, encouragement and enthusiasm provided by our coaches Myles and Emily. 

I also think that all the committee members including the Chairperson, Michael, are remarkable in their committment to making the club better and better

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

The boxercise and a bit of core training, as above. I sea swim in the summer

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

I shall be leaving the country to take up work in Denmark at the end of May for about two years… but I plan to be back regularly and also compete in the Masters cross country. Will miss most of you J