Athlete Profile - Ronan McCarthy

Published in Members on 23rd February 2016


1.      How long have you been an Athenry AC member?  Joined May 2013, almost 3 years.

2.      Briefly, what started you running? There was a baby triathlon for charity organised in my office in April 2013, I started training for it in January 2013 and loved the running element so kept it up.

3.      What shoes do you train/race in?  They are all Asics, I train in Gel Cumulus and DS Trainers. I Race in Gel Lyte 33s.

4.      What piece of running gear/apparel is your most prized possession?  All my pairs of base layer shorts, I can’t run without them, I don’t like bits bouncing around!

5.      What is your favourite event/race of the year?  Gaelforce probably, but Dublin Marathon is a close second.

6.      What event/race that you haven’t done would you most like to compete in?  I’d really like to do a big mad multi-sport event, something like the Godzone Adventure Race in New Zealand.

7.      What performance/race do you take most pride in? Finishing 52nd out of over 1300 competitors in Gaelforce 2014 is the one that stands out.

8.      Is there any performance/race that you would rather forget?  The 5km turkey trot in Carnmore a few years ago that I decided to race while still drunk from the night before, after the first 300 metres I knew I was in serious trouble, it’s the worst I’ve ever felt before,during and after a race.

9.      Where is your favourite place to train?  During Adventure race season It’s got to be Ryehill, it really puts you in the pain zone but it sets you up for any race ahead.

10.  What type of training is your “favourite”? (Speed,Tempo,Short,Long Run,Slow????)  Sprints & Hill Repeats, i'll take the short sprints at full tilt before the long stuff any day.

11.  Do you prefer solo or group training? Group for the tough stuff, solo for the easy.

12.  What’s the funniest/strangest thing you’ve seen or heard on a run?  A man running the 2013 Fields of Athenry 10k in flip-flops….like proper flip flops. “Are you mad?” was my question pointing to said flip flops. “Well there’s no way I’m getting my new runners wet” was the reply. I nearly fell over! Worst of all…..he finished ahead of me!

13.  If you were to give 1 piece of advice to a newcomer to running what would it be? Join a club, you’ll get everything you need to know there.

14.  What injury has caused you the most problems since you started running? There’s been a few, but a torn calf ruined my year last year.

15.  Do you cross train? If yes what type?  Yes, some core. Cycling when the weather allows.

16.  What is your most embarrassing running related incident?  I was training on one of my usual routes which was badly flooded. Car coming opposite stopped before a big flood as not to soak me going through it but instead of cautiously navigating the flood myself I stayed going full pelt and tried to run along the edge/ditch…..slipped on the ditch and took a nose dive straight in to the big flood. The 2 ladies in the car near peed themselves laughing…..i walked home in shame.

17.  Which club member would you most like to beat in a sprint to the line?  Ray Somers or Dave Noone!!!

18.  Do you have a favourite current or past athlete that inspires you? John Treacy was my hero as a boy, I’ll never forget watching the ’84 olympic marathon with my dad.

19.  Which PB would you most like to break this year? I actually have designs on breaking them all this year, but mostly I’d like to go under 18:30 in a 5km. I ran 18:42 in Tuam 2 years ago but the rumours are it may have been a short course.   20.  Can you share the following PBs with us?.......   Distance               Time           Where                                When

5km                        18:42           Tuam                                   2014 (See question 19. This answer probably should be 19:08, Maree, 2014)

8km                        33:30           Streets of Galway                 2013

10km                      39:52           Moylough                             2014

10 mile                  1:09:59         Craughwell                           2014

Half Marathon       1:33:10        Athlone Flatline                     2014

Full Marathon        3:22:35        Dublin                                  2015