Athlete Profile - Frank Burke

Published in Members on 30th March 2016


1.      How long have you been an Athenry AC member?  Since 2006

2.      Briefly, what started you running?  A friend of mine had taken it up so i joined him for a few runs

3.      What shoes do you train/race in?  At the moment Nike Lunarglide 

4.      What piece of running gear/apparel is your most prized possession? Nothing really but i do like this year’s 10k hat

5.      What is your favourite event/race of the year?  Dublin in October

6.      What event/race that you haven’t done would you most like to compete in?  New York or Tokyo marathon

7.      What performance/race do you take most pride in? Beating Ray Somers in the Resolution run a few years ago. I was on fire that day :)

8.      Is there any performance/race that you would rather forget?  Limerick Marathon 2013. It’s my only DNF . It was a bad day for the club as i think 3 or 4 of the 7 that started did not finish.

9.      Where is your favourite place to train?  Athenry

10.  What type of training is your “favourite”? (Speed,Tempo,Short,Long Run,Slow????)  Long and Slow

11.  Do you prefer solo or group training? Group

12.  What’s the funniest/strangest thing you’ve seen or heard on a run?  Well on my first Marathon at about 20 mile i was overtaken by a man dressed as a bear ? I was at crawling pace and he was so hot in the bear suit that he had the zipper at the back all the way down so i got a great view of his poorly fitting boxer shorts as he shuffled down the road.

13.  If you were to give 1 piece of advice to a newcomer to running what would it be? Join a Club

14.  What injury has caused you the most problems since you started running? The back is getting a lot of attention at the moment

15.  Do you cross train? If yes what type?  Ya I’ll try anything . I am a member of Predator Tri Club so i swim about twice a week, do turbo and long bike on Sunday. Yoga and Core with JA.

16.  What is your most embarrassing running related incident? Well: A long time ago on my first or second long run we were up to about 22/23 miles . We were new to going long so didn’t bother with water or fuel and as was the usual at that time we went out hard. Needless to say we were in bad shape near the end ( i remember being about a mile from home and could not see the road ).

17.  Which club member would you most like to beat in a sprint to the line? Over the years there have been a few and i like a bit of competition and craic but i would loved to have beaten OC in a road race

18.  Do you have a favourite current or past athlete that inspires you? Ya i remember watching  John Treacy’s marathon in Los Angeles in 1984 . He finished 2nd under 2.10 . Anyone who trains and races a Marathon to their best is fairly inspiring

19.  Which PB would you most like to break this year? Any of them.   20.  Can you share the following PBs with us?.......   Distance               Time           Where                                When

5km                      18:58          Tuam                                  2015

8km                      31:13          Streets of Galway                2013

10km                    39:21          Colmanstown                       2013          

10 mile                 1:03:31       Craughwell                           2013

Half Marathon       1:24:45       Athlone Flatline                    2013

Full Marathon       2:59:25       Dublin                                  2013