1. What running shoes do you train in?
Currently, Brooks PureFlow for training. I’ve just come back to Brooks shoes after a bit of a break and they suit me well. I have some Brooks racing flats as well which were great in the 5km series, and Inov-8 Mudclaw fell racing shoes which haven’t had any use (yet) since moving to Oranmore from the north of England.
Brooks Adrenaline. I’ve been wearing them since 2010 & I love the fact that I can take them brand new from the box and run. No aches, no blisters, they can even withstand deserts, mountains and bogs and rivers alike. I trust them completely.
So, I finally got fed up of Pat McDonagh and Tomas Ruane talking about running. Couldn't meet for a social pint but the conversation would always turn to race times, training plans, beating this lad and that lad in recent races, will I ever be able to run a half marathon etc etc.. And for a non-runner such as myself I really couldn't see the attraction. But their persistence paid off and they finally wore me down. I bought a cheap pair of Asics and took to the road.
I started running for fun back in 2009. After a few weeks of solo training my first race was the Streets & a couple of weeks after that I did Gaelforce West. Like many others I foolishly thought I was naturally fit & would be fine. At 65k long with Croagh Patrick thrown in the middle of it, it nearly killed me. It was an eye opener.
Our first joint questionnaire: Mr Otto himself and his wife Anne.
We moved to Athenry about 15 years ago. We are both originally from Athlone, although we never knew each other there we met while working in France and sure the rest is history. We have 2 children Grace and Jack who in their younger years were great supporters at any races that we took part in but, as they got older not as much. We both joined Athenry AC in 2008 and have to say that it is a great club.
I started running five years ago. After I finally gave up the GAA my weight soared so it was a suggestion by my wife Claire to see if I liked it. Well I loved it and haven't looked back. I joined Athenry AC a year later and am proud to be part of the best club in Ireland!
I've ran in Prague and Rome and in London and its wonderful to hear "Go on Athenry" where ever you are. With the farm and working evenings, I train mostly in the mornings around Dunsandle and generally have set plans leading up to big races. People don't wonder at this once regular lad now running around the woods in a pair of black tights, funny shoes, an orange top and wearing sunglasses in the rain, although they took a while! Its easy be conscious of what people think at first but you have to get over it. Biggest event so far was the recent Ultra Marathon [Connemara] which I completed in 6.20.
Peadar, along with Martin Keane, is a Life President of our club. A native of West Clare, he moved to Galway in November 2004, having worked for 35 years in Dublin. He has a long and distinguished career in athletics, winning a silver medal at the NACA national championships back in the early 1970s in the Triple Jump. Now 69, Peadar still does this event and won a Masters silver at the Galway T&F Champs this year. He also competed in the 100m and ran a fine 16.2. Peadar has run the Dublin Marathon every year since its inauguration in 1980. In 2011, he ran it in 4:22:07.