When did you join Sportsworld?
2006 (I think!)
Where do you work?
Alexandra College – Junior & Senior school.
What is your favourite club session?
Hills & Sprints
What is your favourite race distance?
What is your favourite meal before a big race?
Banana & almond butter on a rice cake & a cup of sweet coffee! Fighter Fuel!
My Favourite place to train
The roads around Terenure, Bushy Park, and also the well-trodden stretches around my own locality in Dublin!
What’s your favourite race?
Hhhhhmmmmm………..maybe a 4K cross country.
What is your target for the next year?
To keep training and maintain my fitness and strength. Everything else will be a bonus!
What international events have you ran?
A few years ago I travelled to Berlin with the club and ran a half marathon. A brilliant experience. The support was incredible from beginning to end.
Where’s the most interesting place you have run?
Maybe Hong Kong! I was fortunate enough to travel there a few years ago with work, and I ran around each day catching my bearings and just taking it all in.
Where’s the most interesting place you’ve been? (Doesn’t have to be running related)
Maybe Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain. I arrived there a few years ago after walking the Camino! It was a thrilling experience to see so many back-packers, walkers and tourists from all corners of the world descend upon this historical city, all sharing the one common goal – To reach Santiago.
What do you like doing when you don’t run? (hobbies/past times)
Write (sometimes!), read (sometimes…..I should read more), garden (a newfound interest), clean and tidy (increased in recent weeks to occupy time at home!), listen to music and podcasts, catch up with friends and family (most recently on Zoom) and of course, apply my energies to my recent role on the club newsletter team! ‘This or That’ quiz anyone?!
How/When did you start your adventure with running?
2002. It all started in UCC! I joined the Athletics club in college and I have never not run since!
Tell us about your PB’s / What is your biggest achievement?
5k – Rathfarnham 5k 2018 – 20 mins 04secs
Half marathon – Berlin 2008 (Where does the time go?!!) – 87mins 32secs
2020 – Sportsworld won Meet & Train! Yeeeeeeeeey!!
What is your biggest non-running related achievement?
I think for me it was being cast as ‘Jo’ in Little Women at the Gate Theatre in Dublin. It was my first big acting break after completing my actor training. Definitely a significant moment for me. I was walking the Camino when I got the news. One of those moments I will never forget!
How often do you run / What is your typical weekly mileage?
I actually run most days, but when I say run, not intensely every day! I train hard on Tuesday and Thursday with the club, and every other day I go for longer runs and also do some gym work.
What motivates you? Running or otherwise
Knowing that I always feel better and stronger having gone out for a run. I really miss it when I don’t.
This is probably typical of me………..!
What would you say is the best thing about being in a Running Club?
The huge progress you can make in terms of your stamina and fitness levels by attending the training sessions each week. I definitely push myself more when I am running with people, and when I have Emily and Myles watching and sharing encouraging words along the way!
And definitely the support and encouragement we give to one another during sessions. We’re all feeling the pain!
What made you join a Running Club?
I never really excelled in school sports growing up. Football, basketball and swimming were quite popular, but I didn’t really take to them! I never really found my sporting tribe………until I spotted the Athletics Club table during the ‘Clubs & Societies’ day in college. Choirs sang and bright lights shone – I had arrived! “Where do I sign?!” I enthusiastically exclaimed as I clicked my heels mid-air! I’ve been on a running high ever since!
Why is running important to you?
I just know the benefits it brings to my life, both internally and externally. It really is top priority. And also, so simple. A pair of runners, and ideally some other running attire(!) and that’s all you need. You can run anywhere, anytime and any distance. It really is a great hobby to have; particularly these days. It is definitely helping me.
Is there anything you would like to see more of or less of at the Club?
I really can’t think of anything – Is it 37 years now ‘Sportsworld’ are in existence – Incredible!
Who is the person in the club who inspires/drives to run better?
Both Emily and Myles. Their encouragement always spurs me to train hard and to run hard, both at training and at races. I want to do well for them! Because they give so much of their time and energy to the club, and all with a wonderful sense of humour and a genuine love for what they do. It really is inspiring to see, week in, week out. Thank you!
Do you do any cross training / other sports on a regular basis?
Not at the moment. I attend my local gym and use some machines there to vary my training during the week, but running is my main activity!
Tell us something that no one in the club knows about you!?
Oh genie! What to say?! I was in a girl group when I was in Transition Year, and we got to go on ‘Den TV’ and be interviewed! Would you believe, I performed a small rap! I was soooooooo cool. The lyrics went something like this……”Never nevermore will I see your face, will I feel your grace, oh it’s such a bad case……..” Yes, the ole rhyming took top priority as you can see!
So cool. Yes, you can have my autograph.
We’ll arrange an orderly queue when back training.