Neil Purdy

When did you join Sportsworld?

I contemplated showing up for a session for a few months in 2015. Had visions of showing up and instantly being left behind by a load of elites. Did my first session in January 2016 and it was the Ballyboden lap. Was hanging out the back but didn’t stop me coming back on the Thursday

Where do you work?

I work as a Network Engineer with a network and security solutions company. They provide Network and Security services to different industries such as… zzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!

What is your favourite club session?

Winter Hills/Sprints or Bank lap and Saturday Track sessions.

What is your favourite race distance?

Do people have favourite distances? I guess the longer the distance the better as I’m not built for speed! I’ve avoided the marathon this year in favour of shorter distances which I have successfully been unsuccessful at…

What is your favourite meal before a big race?

6 pints of Guinness. No more no less.

My Favourite place to train is?

Bushy park is a great place and being so close to home its handy.

Phoenix park is probably my favourite. Recently I have been doing my training/runs around work so have been running more around Irishtown/ Poolbeg and its been enjoyable.

What’s your favourite race?

I have to say the Dublin Marathon, It’s the race I’ve completed the most, I think. Rathfarnham 5k as its right on the doorstep and there are some good races in the BHAA calendar.

Wicklow Way relay is another I was lucky to do with the Sports world team. Some really enjoyable reccie runs in advance and a great race day.

What is your target for the next year?

Next Year back to the marathon grind. Dublin will be on the list but will throw may name in for a few international marathons too and see if can get a place.

What is your best Sportsworld memory?

Running or non-running?

Some great mornings long run’s when training for Dublin 2017 with the marathon group. Everyone keeping each other motivated and the little Strava battles to get up the table!

Docklands ’17 post race.. ????

What international events have you ran?

Rotterdam Marathon is my only international event. A great Marathon with really friendly crowds and couldn’t ask for a flatter course! Other than that Cork is as far as I’ve ventured for a race!

Where’s the most interesting place you have run?

When I’m away I tend not to run so not many.. When in San Francisco I went out early one morning so I could run up Lombard st and a few of the other steep streets. I tried to run in Hanoi when in Vietnam but was just crazy and so humid I didn’t make it far.

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

I enjoy cycling, have done a few longish charity/sportive cycles. Have cut back a good bit since birth of our daughter but hopefully have some more time next year. Would love to go to France and cycle some of the famous Tour de France climbs.

How/When did you start your adventure with running?

I only really started running around 2012 when I moved down to Terenure. One of my first races was the Terenure 5 Mile. It took e a couple of years and two fairly unsuccessful attempts at the marathon to make me look into clubs.

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

Some times below.. as said not built for speed!!

Dublin 2017 was my best run I think – 3:33

Rathfarnham 5k 2018  – 19:36

Dublin night Run 2017 – 41:16

Have never had a 10mile or HM race that I have been happy with for some reason.

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

At the moment I’m a part time Team B soon to be relegated to Team C the way im going!

Run 3-4 times a week roughly 50k

What motivates you? Running or otherwise

Motivation is to be outside and not stuck in work, although you probably only ever hear me moan or make excuses when I’m at training or at races but im actually happy inside!!!

Bit of a priority shift lately so now the priority is on Family and raising our daughter. PB smiles everyday!

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

There are many things great about running with the club. The help with training, questions, advice. Pressure to buy a certain pair of runners when a bargain is posted!

Have improved loads since joining the club and taken part in some great events with club mates. Made some really good friends and enjoyed lunches/ brunches/ nights out and gigs together.

What made you join a Running Club?

The endless running in circles not getting any better on my own.

Now I run in circles with others being shouted at by Emily and Myles.

Why is running important to you?

As said earlier it’s getting outside. Even if I’m on my own I find running a good way to stop thinking about everything for that time and relax.

And boojum.. I can eat more boojum.

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

Its everyone really. You look at the fast guys and girls and want to put in that extra bit of pace or run a little harder in a race.

Others doing crazy distances week in week out. Some doing unbelievable hard events like MDS and Mountain runs.

And Emily and Myles are great for motivation and encouragement.

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

Cycling to work is about it at the moment. I should really do more!!