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Saturday Training Tymon Park

The Saturday morning training can be in different locations each week so check the weekly email or club Whats App group for location and time. At the moment one of the sessions is in Tymon park just beside the National Basket Ball arena. You can park beside the Basketball...

Sunday long run Phoenix Park

Couldn’t find the exact history of the Sunday long run in Phoenix park but I was told a number of years ago that the route has been going for over a hundred years. Above is one of the photos from Donore Harriers clubhouse just outside Phoenix park showing some...
When Emil Zátopek said that “a runner must run with dreams in his head and hope in his heart”, he was warning against the distractions of success and admiration. But the sentiment fits for the long absence of races in our calendars during the Covid-interupted 2020 and 2021 seasons....
This was brutal but beautiful. All cross country races ought to be. None of this running monotonous laps around a GAA field on a bleak Sunday afternoon. Let’s have scenic courses flanked by trees and bends that sweep down and around and up again. Avondale Forest Park is a gorgeous...

IMRA Powerscourt Ridge race

This one was a bit like a thriller - it starts out positively, things get a bit hairy, but the intrepid heroes somehow pull through to live happily ever after.  The movie was a cross between Twin Peaks and Cape Fear - 15km or so of mountain running on...
An ode to XC   It was the night before Halloween When all were asleep My eyes are open, my mind still awake Cross country is upon us, the seniors no less A 10k is a beckoning, and my hair is a mess   With a venue named Trinity, my prayers begun As I head for the start...

Rotterdam Marathon 2021

Settlement. Containment. Survival. The three stages of a marathon. This weekend just passed saw the long overdue 40th edition of the Rotterdam Marathon which was originally scheduled for almost 19 months ago in April 2020. When I initially signed up for this race it was with the intention of it...
After a very long break cross country returned but not to the usual wet, mucky, cold, farmers field but to a very warm, sunny, Tymon Park. For the first time Sportsworld took on hosting a championship race and with 19 races it was going to be a long day....

Belfast Marathon 2021

The decision was made on June 29th. With the Dublin Marathon looking more and more unlikely, I decided to throw my hat in the ring for the Belfast Marathon. I felt in good shape and decided to challenge myself to do the longer distance. Training started that very day,...
Back in April this year the National Road Relays were supposed to happen but because of Covid restrictions it could not take place. Instead a virtual race took place. It was tough as most people didn't have the training sessions needed to run 1and 2 mile flat out and...