20 Questions for Mick Clohisey

Published in Reports on 29th November 2022

Mick Clohisey at Dublin 2018

Mick Clohisey is one of the best road runners in Ireland over the past decade. His marathon PB is 2:13:19. He has won the Fields 10k eight times, beginning in 2012. In that time only Hugh Armstrong has beaten him, in 2019. A phenomenal achievement by Mick, you'll agree.

"I'm 36 years old. I run with Raheny Shamrocks in Dublin. I have represented Ireland at the Rio Olympics, World Championships and European Championships. I have also represented Ireland at cross country numerous times. I have won 10 national senior titles on road, cross country and marathon. The Athenry 10K is one of the highlights of my year each St Stephens's Day."

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_Clohisey
Profile on World Athletics: https://worldathletics.org/athletes/ireland/mick-clohissey-14198792

1. What shoes do you train in?
Mostly Nike, sometimes New Balance. I wear the vapour flys for long runs and sessions.

2. How many miles did you run last week? 
60 - trying to getting going again.

3. What's your favourite racing distance?
The marathon.

4. Where is your favourite place to train? 
Phoenix Park for my long runs or the quiet country roads in south Leitrim (lovely Connacht!).

5. What's your favourite race or event each year?
Dublin Marathon (Athenry 10k is a close second!).

6. What annoys you most about races?
When cars don't give runners enough room on roads that aren't closed for races.

7. What race that you haven't run would you most like to do?
Boston Marathon - I'm down to run it next April.

8. What's your best ever running performance?
There are a few that stand out for me, but my first time running Dublin Marathon in 2018, winning the national title, has a special feeling.

9. What was your worst ever running performance?
There have been a few that I can think of but most recently Dublin 2022 Marathon.

10. What's the strangest thing you've seen on a training run?
A man walking a rabbit on a lead down on Dollymount Strand.

11. What is your favourite piece of running gear?   

12. Who would you most enjoy beating in a sprint finish to the line?
A rival who has had the better of me in previous races!

13. What was the best bit of training advice you were ever given?
Running is a simple sport, don't over complicate things.

14. In 10 year's time, will you still be running?
Yes, please God.

15. If for some reason you were told you could never run again, how would you react?
I'd be very upset I'm sure but I'd have to find ways to adapt my way of life and what makes me happy. 

16. Have you ever been bitten by a dog while running?
No but some close calls. My Dad was bitten before though.

17. Have you ever had to stop for an emergency "Paula" during a race?
Yes during Dublin Marathon 2018, lost a minute but felt a lot better for it!

18. What is your favourite post-race food?

19. Your most embarrassing ever running-related moment?
I was on the DART, going to be a guest at a coaching session in Bray and i left my runners on the train. 

20. In your opinion, who is the greatest Irish athlete of all time?
There are quite a few contenders but Sonia O'Sullivan gets the nod.