Athlete Profile - Donna Lane

Published in Members on 12th April 2016

1.      How long have you been an Athenry AC member?  I joined Athenry AC in 2013.

2.      Briefly, what started you running?  My asthma was progressively getting worse so my doctor suggested walking or running. I absolutely hated both, as both involved a bit of effort but my friend Brighid Cannon called to visit the next evening and said we were signing up for F4L so it all went from there.

3.      What shoes do you train/race in?  Saucony Omni. I 'briefly' changed to another brand because I 'liked' the colour ( I know Jane Ann, say no more) and boy did I pay for it with shin splints.

4.      What piece of running gear/apparel is your most prized possession? Well, I count her as my apparel  as I race with Marguerite Wilkinson, she keeps an eye on the watch at all times as I panic if I think we're going too fast. She has brought me through many a race so I suppose you could say she is 'my most prized possession'….just running of course!

5.      What is your favourite event/race of the year?  The Streets of Galway every time. The atmosphere and crowds are just fantastic.

6.      What event/race that you haven’t done would you most like to compete in?  The ‘New York Marathon’ but I don't think that will ever come to pass. I've seen the qualifying times and I'm afraid I could only ever dream of doing one of those.

7.      What performance/race do you take most pride in? It has to be the Athlone Half Marathon 2015. I beat my 1st half time by 15 minutes and enjoyed every minute of it.  After doing Kinvara (see no.8) I honestly thought I wasn't cut out for anything further than 10k.

8.      Is there any performance/race that you would rather forget?  My 1st half marathon in Kinvara 2015. It was unbelievably windy that day which didn't suit my asthma and coupled with nerves it was a complete disaster from start to finish.  I looked some sight at the finish line.  Although, this year I didn't look much better either. I think Kinvara doesn't suit me!

9.      Where is your favourite place to train?  Anywhere really around the roads of Athenry.

10.  What type of training is your “favourite”? (Speed,Tempo,Short,Long Run,Slow????)  I love them all once I've finished but if I had to pick one it's probably Tempo.

11.  Do you prefer solo or group training? Oh definitely group training.  Anyone that knows me knows I never shut up talking so obviously, I don't like solo.

12.  What’s the funniest/strangest thing you’ve seen or heard on a run?  I have such fantastic running buddies that there is always a funny story to laugh about every Saturday morning….something  funny happened to my husband out running one day but I'll let him tell that one when his time comes up for 20 questions.

13.  If you were to give 1 piece of advice to a newcomer to running what would it be? Definitely join F4L. I couldn't say enough about the leaders that were there when I started, full of encouragement and patient with each and every one of us and it still remains the same today.

14.  What injury has caused you the most problems since you started running? I've always had a few niggles with my back but I've certainly injured it this time!  I had just completed my long miles for the Manchester Marathon and my back just went.  I currently have a prolapse disc so cannot complete my 1st marathon next Sunday. I'm absolutely gutted but hopefully, there will another time.

15.  Do you cross train? If yes what type?  No, and perhaps that's why my back gave in but am starting Pilates shortly.

16.  What is your most embarrassing running related incident? Thankfully, none to date.

17.  Which club member would you most like to beat in a sprint to the line?  As some of you may be aware I'm noted to be a 'little' bit competitive when coming to the finish line so it would have to be any of my running buddies but if I had to pick one of them it would be without a doubt Caroline Freeney.  At a 'friendly' 5k last year I nearly tripped her in order to finish before her.

18.  Do you have a favourite current or past athlete that inspires you? It has to be for me, Jane Ann and Mick Rice.  I have never seen two people that just seem to glide when running.  I would honestly stand out in the rain all day long to watch those two. Plus it goes without saying all they have done for the club as well.

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

5km                      23:55          Galway Airport                   May 2015

8km                      39:38          Streets of Galway               Aug 2015

10km                    49:30          Claregalway                       Aug 2015        

10 mile                 1:30:56       Craughwell                        Mar 2015

Half Marathon       1:51:52       Athlone                             Sep 2015

Full Marathon       To Be Completed (Hopefully)

Athlete Profile - Paul Hegarty

Published in Members on 12th April 2016

1.      How long have you been an Athenry AC member?  Just over two years, Jane Ann convinced me to join during a physio session. I only said yes to try and make the pain stop…it didn’t!!

2.      Briefly, what started you running?  I was getting married in 2013 and I wanted to try and shift some excess weight beforehand. I was surprised how addictive I found running and have kept at it since.

3.      What shoes do you train/race in?  I always use Brooks Adrenaline.

4.      What piece of running gear/apparel is your most prized possession? My Garmin Forerunner, if I forget it for a speed session I always go out too fast.

5.      What is your favourite event/race of the year?  I really enjoy the buzz of the 5k series as you always meet people at it that you may not have seen for a while.

6.      What event/race that you haven’t done would you most like to compete in?  Has to be the Dublin City Marathon. All you ever hear is such great reports about it, so it’s definitely one for the future.

7.      What performance/race do you take most pride in? It would probably be my 5km PB in Maree in May 2014. It was my first time to go sub 20 min for a 5km, so it’s pretty memorable.

8.      Is there any performance/race that you would rather forget?  The Athenry leg of the 5k series in 2014. I had a poor finish to the race and it just annoyed me loads. I haven’t been a fan of the course since, but Speedy ensures me that the new 5k course is a thing of beauty, so here’s to Athenry 5k in 2016!

9.      Where is your favourite place to train?  Narin Strand, at home in Donegal. On a nice sunny day, when the tide is out, it’s just a beautiful place to run, you just totally switch off and relax.

10.  What type of training is your “favourite”? (Speed,Tempo,Short,Long Run,Slow????)  It has to be the speed sessions. It’s a great feeling, when you know that you have emptied the tank at the end of the session.

11.  Do you prefer solo or group training? No real preference, quite happy to do a bit of both.

12.  What’s the funniest/strangest thing you’ve seen or heard on a run?  The strangest thing I’ve heard was whilst out running in Galway city. I was running on the footpath out at Galway Crystal one afternoon and you could quite clearly hear two people having their own workout in the trees beside the footpath!! Needless to say, I picked up the pace for a bit.

13.  If you were to give 1 piece of advice to a newcomer to running what would it be? Join a club, it makes training so much easier and it improves your times so much.

14.  What injury has caused you the most problems since you started running? I have a bit of a knee and a hip injury that is causing me problems at present, I’m hoping that it doesn’t persist for too long.

15.  Do you cross train? If yes what type?  Nope, unfortunately.

16.  What is your most embarrassing running related incident? I took a gel a couple of miles from the finish of my first half marathon in Limerick in 2014. Unfortunately, the gel didn’t really agree with me, so I grabbed my medal as I crossed the line and headed straight for the wheelie bins. You can figure the rest out for yourselves!

17.  Which club member would you most like to beat in a sprint to the line?  Nobody in particular, just whoever I can see in front of me.

18.  Do you have a favourite current or past athlete that inspires you? ? Sonia O’Sullivan, I just remember the air of excitement that was always around coming up to her big races.

19.  Which PB would you most like to break this year? I’d love to break my 10km PB and bring it down closer to the 40 min mark.   20.  Can you share the following PBs with us?.......   Distance               Time           Where                                When

5km                      19:50          Maree                                2014

8km                      32:36          Streets of Galway               2014

10km                    41:23          Claregalway                       2014         

10 mile                 1:10:01       Galway (Kick Assphalt)       2014

Half Marathon       1:30:49       Galway Bay                        2014

Full Marathon       TBC :-)

Athlete Profile - Maeve Noone

Published in Members on 30th March 2016

1.      How long have you been an Athenry AC member?  9 happy years :-)

2.      Briefly, what started you running?  Myself and my sister in law walked the Women’s mini marathon one year and were so frustrated with the crowds we vowed we would run it the following year – However it did take 9 months to get started when I joined Alan Burkes Meet and Train group and the rest is history.

3.      What shoes do you train/race in?  Mizuno Wave Inspire.

4.      What piece of running gear/apparel is your most prized possession? My Garmin watch and HR monitor has caused me lots of pain this year with HR training but I couldn’t be without them and my Athenry Ac singlet of course.

5.      What is your favourite event/race of the year?  On a yearly basis it would have to be the Dublin marathon but my best memories are from the Portumna 50k 2012 when a group of us trained for our first 50k together and celebrated in style that night . The Boston Marathon last year was the best running experience I have ever had – the only race I have ever done that I didn’t want to end.

6.      What event/race that you haven’t done would you most like to compete in?  The list is long –but if I had to pick one it would be the New York marathon.

7.      What performance/race do you take most pride in? Dublin 2013 – The year I got my marathon pb thanks to a brilliant pacing job by Jim Leahy – I’m surprised he is still talking to me :-) 

8.      Is there any performance/race that you would rather forget?  Quite a few but the one that comes to mind every time is the national half marathon in Carlow a number of years ago. Someone suggested taking a gel before the race and with my dodgy stomach I should have known it was going to end in disaster – lets just say I spent the entire race looking for bathrooms and when I arrived at the finishing line I just stayed going to the amusement of the organisers and the shock of Dee Quinn who stood at the finishing line wondering had I lost the plot.

9.      Where is your favourite place to train?  Kilcornan Woods in Clarenbridge.

10.  What type of training is your “favourite”? (Speed,Tempo,Short,Long Run,Slow????)  I love speed when it’s done but I dread it every week – I love the weekly long run for the chat and the craic – Of course that’s when there is no heart rate training and the watch is your only company!!!

11.  Do you prefer solo or group training? Group training – No contest. 

12.  What’s the funniest/strangest thing you’ve seen or heard on a run?  Not quite on a run but just before a race. At the Portumna 50k we were all newbies to this distance and weren’t quite sure on fuelling etc but one person wasn’t taking any chances – A large cardboard box arrived out of the car containing a box of gels (all 25 of them ) and a container of salt tablets and endless amounts of coke- She will remain nameless :-)

13.  If you were to give 1 piece of advice to a newcomer to running what would it be? I spent many of my earlier years involved with Fit 4 Life and the one piece of advice I would always give is you need to run slow enough so you can talk if you can’t talk you are going too fast. 

14.  What injury has caused you the most problems since you started running? Thanks to Jane Ann I have never had any injury that put me off running for more than a few days – but I have lots of weak spots – Currently my glutes – Its strange the way they move around . Last year it was my back the year before my IT Band. 

15.  Do you cross train? If yes what type?  Yes I do yoga twice a week and core and strength twice a week – Gave that triathlon stuff a try but not much craic or chat swimming up and down a pool for an hour. 

16.  What is your most embarrassing running related incident? See question 8 for the incident in Carlow.

17.  Which club member would you most like to beat in a sprint to the line?  Do you really need to ask – FRANK of course it would be better than winning a race!!!!

18.  Do you have a favourite current or past athlete that inspires you? The runners that inspire me most are those who may not have achieved their goal but never give up and stay training and trying and eventually they always do – There are many in Athenry Ac who tick this box.

On an elite level I think Maria McCambridge is incredible – She didn’t make the cut for London but she continues to race to her max while most of those that did go to London seem to have disappeared from the sport.

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

5km                      21:43          Maree                                 May 2014

8km                      36:06          Streets of Galway                Aug 2013

10km                    43:49          Colmanstown                       Mar 2016          

10 mile                 1:12:00       Craughwell                           Mar 2015

Half Marathon       1:36:00       Kinvara                               Mar 2016

Full Marathon       3:27:00       Dublin                                 Oct 2013

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

Loughrea 5km - Easter Monday

Published in Reports on 28th March 2016

Loughrea Athletics Club hosted their annual 5km race on Easter Monday. Numbers were down slightly on last years race. 237 athletes gathered at the start line to run a 2 lap course of Loughrea town. Weather conditions were described as perfect with clear blue skies! Proceeds from the race (€1,300) were donated to Cancer Care West. Results as follows

Men:
Keith Fallon GCH 15:57
Peadar Harvey Craughwell AC 16:22
Andrew Nevin 17:17

Women:
Caroline Whirskey Loughrea AC 19:46
Colette Glennon 20:10
Maebh Brannigan 20:56

Wheelchair:
Shaun's Bacquet (Junior WC) 16:38 (finishing 3rd overall)

Results from Athenry AC:
Drew Davison 19:33
Aidan Madden 20:12
Imy Lundon 24:48
James Lundon 24:49
Anne Marie Crann 29:02

Results of Loughrea 5km
http://www.redtagtiming.com/results/Loughrea5km_2016.pdf

Report: Anne Lyng

Athlete Profile - Jim Leahy

Published in Members on 22nd March 2016

1.      How long have you been an Athenry AC member?  I joined in 2012, Frances joined in 2011 and was telling me about speed sessions on a Tuesday so I decided to join to do speed only. It was grand for the first few while I knew nobody but when I got to know people I got sucked into more and more sessions and then finally they convinced me to do Dublin.

2.      Briefly, what started you running?  I had always ran when I was in my teens and twenties. But then I when to London and discovered Alcohol and cigarettes and stopped running. We moved home and bought a house that looks out on the mountains and I just got the hankering to run in the mountains, it's a fantastic place to run.

3.      What shoes do you train/race in?  I train in Saucony ride 7`s and race in New Balance Rev Lite

4.      What piece of running gear/apparel is your most prized possession? None. But if you ask which thing I hate the most it`s that god damn watch. I`ve had 3 different types and hate them all. They're never on or are on the wrong screen or are about to die. And according to them I`m never running fast enough. They cause me nothing but pain.

5.      What is your favourite event/race of the year?  Dublin City Marathon

6.      What event/race that you haven’t done would you most like to compete in?  Multi-Day desert race

7.      What performance/race do you take most pride in? Probably Dublin last year I really had to talk myself into keeping going over the last 5 miles

8.      Is there any performance/race that you would rather forget?  Dublin 2014.  3:49, I landed up in the medical tent after it. It was a really bad day.

9.      Where is your favourite place to train?  When I can the mountains but injuries have kept me on the flat for the last couple of years.

10.  What type of training is your “favourite”? (Speed,Tempo,Short,Long Run,Slow????)  Speed. Nothing like the feeling when it done.

11.  Do you prefer solo or group training? Group

12.  What’s the funniest/strangest thing you’ve seen or heard on a run?  One day myself and my sister were running up in the mountains. Cattle roam freely up there. We were on our way back down when about 20 of the cattle decided to join us.  It was like something you see in Pamplona at the bullrun and just as scary.

13.  If you were to give 1 piece of advice to a newcomer to running what would it be? Do core and stretching

14.  What injury has caused you the most problems since you started running? Groin injury, its been go on for over a year now and JaneAnn managed to get me through last year but I have done a really good job on it this time round so haven`t run since mid January. Hopefully I`ll be back running in another 3 weeks.

15.  Do you cross train? If yes what type?  Core, and a bit of yoga.

16.  What is your most embarrassing running related incident? The first time I decided to do the Saturday Morning run it was dark when I got dresses (I am not a morning person) I met everybody at 9 o'clock and started running. The run went grand but when I got back to the car park and we were doing some stretching I realised my shorts were on inside out.

17.  Which club member would you most like to beat in a sprint to the line?  Frank Burke every time, I wouldn`t care about the time as long as I`m in front of Frank.

18.  Do you have a favourite current or past athlete that inspires you? Eamon Coughlan I grew up watching him on the TV. He should have had at least 1 Olympic medal.

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                      18:42          Tuam                                  2013

8km                      31:55          Streets of Galway                2015

10km                    39:54          Colmanstown                       2013          

10 mile                 1:06:00       Craughwell                           2013

Half Marathon       1:26:00       Athlone Flatline                    2015

Full Marathon       2:58:00       Dublin                                 2015

Athlete Profile - Frances Leahy

Published in Members on 22nd March 2016

1.      How long have you been an Athenry AC member?  I started in May 2011 as a Fit4Life member.

2.      Briefly, what started you running? I used to work alongside Elaine Quinn & she was forever talking about running & how many miles she had done at the weekend etc etc, so got me thinking maybe I can do this running thing!!!! It was Elaine that told me about the Fit4Life programme that existed in Athenry AC, now it took me six months to sum up the courage to join as I had no running experience at all.

3.      What shoes do you train/race in?  Saucony ride 8, race in Mizuno wave riders.

4.      What piece of running gear/apparel is your most prized possession? Apart from my garmin, my t-shirt from my first Dublin City Marathon 2012.

5.      What is your favourite event/race of the year?  It has to be the Streets of Galway 8k.

6.      What event/race that you haven’t done would you most like to compete in?  Probably the Paris Marathon

7.      What performance/race do you take most pride in? Completing my first marathon, as I only set out with the intention of being able to do 5k. 

8.      Is there any performance/race that you would rather forget?  One Saturday morning on a 10 mile run being doubled over with pain & had to walk most of it, needless to say I was out injured for a few months after. (nothing worse than been that far out & having to walk most of the way back to the car park, a lot of cursing & swearing went on that morning.

9.      Where is your favourite place to train?  Coole woods was a lovely place but since the bad storms it’s no longer possible. When I train on my own I run around where I live which is approx. 3 miles from Craughwell village in the heart of the countryside, with only the sheep for company.

10.  What type of training is your “favourite”? (Speed,Tempo,Short,Long Run,Slow????)  Let’s face it, WHO looks forward to speed,tempo or long runs!!!!!!!! But once we are on the last rep in the speed session or the last 10 min of tempo, we are very happy & really glad that we made the effort to get out & do it even in the pouring rain & freezing cold, & of course the chat & craic in the car park after.

11.  Do you prefer solo or group training? I can do both. 

12.  What’s the funniest/strangest thing you’ve seen or heard on a run? There have been a few but the one that stands out occurred only last week, I was running home from work (solo) a bit later than usual very nearly dark & just on the last 2k a car coming towards me full lights on…a farmer & dog in his tractor on my right, (the farmers around here don’t understand why you would be out running) so I moved in a little bit to my left ( not to get run over) only to be meet head on with a very large Billy Goat…..I got such a fright my heart rate went through the roof, thank goodness I was nearly home.

13.  If you were to give 1 piece of advice to a newcomer to running what would it be? Definitely join a local F4Life group & stick with it, yes you will have good day’s & bad day’s, but there’s nothing like that feeling when you cross the finish line be it 5k or marathon, you forget all the bad day’s, & all you can think of is when is the next one!!!

14.  What injury has caused you the most problems since you started running? 

15.  Do you cross train? If yes what type?  We do core training twice a week.

16.  What is your most embarrassing running related incident? None

17.  Which club member would you most like to beat in a sprint to the line?  Anne Lyng

18.  Do you have a favourite current or past athlete that inspires you? Sonia O'Sullivan

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

5km                      25:44          Tuam                                 June 2014

8km                     42:25          Streets of Galway                Aug 2012

10km                    54:06          Colmanstown                      April 2015           

10 mile                 1:29:59       Craughwell                          Mar 2015

Half Marathon       1:59:20       Athlone Flatline                   Sep 2014

Full Marathon       4:19:25       Dublin                                 Oct 2014

Athlete Profile - Marguerite Wilkinson

Published in Members on 15th March 2016

1.      How long have you been an Athenry AC member?  I joined Athenry AC just over 18 months ago in August 2014.

2.      Briefly, what started you running? Funny thing is i hated running or anybody that suggested i give it a go.  I wanted to shift a bit of weight but love my food, so knew i had to start some form of exercise as changing my food only brought me so far in losing the weight i had put on when having my kids. I started with walking but added in a bit of running to get home faster as i really hated exercise, it just went from there really.

3.      What shoes do you train/race in?  Brooks Ravenna 7

4.      What piece of running gear/apparel is your most prized possession? Has to be my Garmin!

5.      What is your favourite event/race of the year? Craughwell 10...its the cakes!

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

7.      What performance/race do you take most pride in? Dublin marathon 2015

8.      Is there any performance/race that you would rather forget?  All of the 5km series last year.....complete disaster every race,i really am not a 5km runner.

9.      Where is your favourite place to train?  Athenry of course, and every byroad off it.

10.  What type of training is your “favourite”? (Speed,Tempo,Short,Long Run,Slow????) Tempo for some strange reason!

11.  Do you prefer solo or group training? Group training

12.  What’s the funniest/strangest thing you’ve seen or heard on a run?  Everything from nearly tripping over sonic the hedgehog in Dublin to all the conversations on our long runs...if we put as much effort into running as we do laughing we would be in Rio next year.

13.  If you were to give 1 piece of advice to a newcomer to running what would it be? Believe in yourself....Take advice from established club members. For me Jane Mangan and Frances Leahy pushed me to where i am today . 

14.  What injury has caused you the most problems since you started running? I have been lucky enough up until now...few niggles along the way. But hamstring could be my downfall, time will tell.

15.  Do you cross train? If yes what type?  I love Kettlebells but have been advised against them for a few weeks until my abdominal muscles sort themselves out.

16.  What is your most embarrassing running related incident? Tis hard embarrass me so dont have one...................YET.

17.  Which club member would you most like to beat in a sprint to the line?  Has to be the one and only Donna Lane because she is not a bit competitive!!!!

18.  Do you have a favourite current or past athlete that inspires you? Apart from our own Jane Ann it has to be Mo Farah...how does anybody run that fast.

19.  Which PB would you most like to break this year? 10k   20.  Can you share the following PBs with us?.......   Distance               Time           Where                                When

5km                      24:32          

8km                      40:54              

10km                    52:42           

10 mile                 1:30:57   

Half Marathon       1:51:51      

Full Marathon       3:54:06      

Athlete Profile - Kevin Devane

Published in Members on 15th March 2016

1.      How long have you been an Athenry AC member?  4 Years.

2.      Briefly, what started you running? A desire to keep off the weight i'd lost during a period of loss in 2012. I'd never been active when younger and was always overweight. Anyway i started walking but soon got bored of that as i felt I wasn't getting anywhere fast. Joined Fit4Life, a brilliant group run and organised by club members and progressed from there.

3.      What shoes do you train/race in?  Mizuno Wave Inspire.

4.      What piece of running gear/apparel is your most prized possession? Garmin Forerunner 310XT

5.      What is your favourite event/race of the year?  5k Series.

6.      What event/race that you haven’t done would you most like to compete in?  Would love to try the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, something about the scenery attracts me to it.

7.      What performance/race do you take most pride in? Fields of Athenry 10k 2013, not a PB run, but the friends and family that ran and the breakfast afterwards made it a very memorable day, so much so that it has kind of become an annual event for us all.

8.      Is there any performance/race that you would rather forget?  Monivea Half Marathon 2013, my first ever half marathon and also the hottest day ever i've been out running. The water hoses at so many houses were a godsend, thankfully there wasn't any water charges back then!!

9.      Where is your favourite place to train?  Really anywhere around Athenry is lovely, so many possibilities and routes.

10.  What type of training is your “favourite”? (Speed,Tempo,Short,Long Run,Slow????)  Any of the above as long as I know where the start and finish is. But really enjoy Speed and Tempo. I always come away feeling better after them.

11.  Do you prefer solo or group training? Really enjoy running with people, sometimes they're the motivation that keeps me going and of course the non stop talk.

12.  What’s the funniest/strangest thing you’ve seen or heard on a run?  That could be embarrassing for too many people I like to call friends.

13.  If you were to give 1 piece of advice to a newcomer to running what would it be? Don't be afraid to get out there and start running, and don't be intimidated.

14.  What injury has caused you the most problems since you started running? I haven't had any so far.

15.  Do you cross train? If yes what type?  Yes, some core workouts in the gym, swimming and cycling.

16.  What is your most embarrassing running related incident? None.

17.  Which club member would you most like to beat in a sprint to the line?  Of course it's nearly always Donna Lane, she's very competitive coming up to the finish line.

18.  Do you have a favourite current or past athlete that inspires you? Jane Ann Meehan and Mick Rice for all the effort they put in and all they give to the club. 

19.  Which PB would you most like to break this year? All of them. Beating the Half Marathon and Full Marathon times would be the ones i'd like to do most though.   20.  Can you share the following PBs with us?.......   Distance               Time           Where                                When

5km                      23:38          Athenry                               Sept 2015

8km                      42:12          Kilconieron                          Feb 2015     

10km                    49:53          Kilkerrin                               July 2015           

10 mile                 1:27:28       Craughwell                           Mar 2015

Half Marathon       1:51:25       Athlone Flatline                    Sep 2015

Full Marathon       4:19:26       Dublin                                  Oct 2015

Athlete Profile - Mairead Sullivan

Published in Members on 8th March 2016

1.      How long have you been an Athenry AC member?  Since March 2010.

2.      Briefly, what started you running? A few friends at work were in to it so I decided to give it a go. Our New Years resolution in 2010 was to run the Dingle Half marathon that September. 

3.      What shoes do you train/race in?  Mizuno Wave Inspire.

4.      What piece of running gear/apparel is your most prized possession? My new running buggy for my 5 month old running buddy.

5.      What is your favourite event/race of the year?  Ballycotton 10 miles, this year will be my 5th year in a row taking part, the souvenir mug collection is coming along nicely.

6.      What event/race that you haven’t done would you most like to compete in?  Cork City marathon, I never ran when I lived in Cork so it would be nice to go back and complete the marathon there.

7.      What performance/race do you take most pride in? Dublin marathon 2014, it was a tough day but I got the time I was hoping for and to top it off  Maeve, Deirdre and I won bronze team medals in the National Marathon Championships.

8.      Is there any performance/race that you would rather forget?  Think I’ve already forgotten it!

9.      Where is your favourite place to train?  Rinville Park for convenience and enjoyment and Ryehill for a tough session.

10.  What type of training is your “favourite”? (Speed,Tempo,Short,Long Run,Slow????)  Tempo sessions,  thanks to them I’ve learned how to pace myself much better during races.

11.  Do you prefer solo or group training? I don’t mind either, I do a lot of runs on my own but you can’t beat the benefits of group training.

12.  What’s the funniest/strangest thing you’ve seen or heard on a run?  I’ve seen someone covered in an alarming amount of Vaseline, they weren’t taking any chances when it comes to chaffing.

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

14.  What injury has caused you the most problems since you started running? I’ve had a lot of Achilles tendon trouble.

15.  Do you cross train? If yes what type?  I do a circuits class once a week and walk 20-30 miles a week.

16.  What is your most embarrassing running related incident? Being passed by someone dressed as Sonic the Hedgehog during Cork to Cobh 15 mile race 2013, it was a really warm day, he must have been roasted  and I still couldn’t beat him.

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

18.  Do you have a favourite current or past athlete that inspires you? Peadar Nugent walked Dublin City Marathon last year in 5.35.24, that’s some going; many ran it slower than that. Most people couldn’t walk 5k at the pace Peadar kept for the marathon (try it!). Gerry Forde, the Cork wheelchair athlete is an example of how taking part in sport can enrich your life.

19.  Which PB would you most like to break this year? 10k   20.  Can you share the following PBs with us?.......   Distance               Time           Where                                When

5km                      20:53          Tuam                                  June 2014

8km                      35:11          Streets of Galway                Aug 2014     

10km                    43:19          Clarinbridge                         Nov 2014           

10 mile                 1:13:49       Ballycotton                          Mar 2015

Half Marathon       1:36:43       Athlone Flatline                    Sep 2014

Full Marathon       3:24:36       Dublin                                  Oct 2014