2. Why do you run?
To keep fit, to stay sane and because I love the competition. At age 54 it feels pretty good to win the odd Parkrun – though I haven’t won one since my birthday!
3. Did you try different events or were you always a distance runner ?
It’s a game of two halves. I ran for two full seasons with Liffey Valley AC in my early twenties, the highlight of which was probably my breaking 2 minutes for 800m. In 1992 I had a major accident and despite a miraculous recovery* I did not resume competitive running until I turned 40 in 2006.
My mother paid very little attention to my sporting activities and barely registered that I managed to get onto an Irish Rowing crew in 1997 whilst in college. Around 2002 she moved into a nursing home back in her home town of Carrick on Suir and on one of my visits I noticed posters advertising the upcoming Moran Cup 1 mile race. I scheduled my next visit to suit and told her we were going on an outing. I won the race and my mother got great local kudos and press which was specially satisfying for both of us.
6. When did you hook up with TTracers and what was the reason for doing so?
When I decided to resume running in earnest in 2006 I went looking for a group to train with in the city centre and Michael McGovern put me onto Terry – who was just getting started with a group, then unnamed. Back then we were mostly middle-distance folk and it suited me very well.
7. what would be in your eyes the main advantage of being part of TTracers ?
The mutual encouragement and the sense of not running alone is the major advantage. As the group has gotten bigger and the number of sub-groups has increased it has been great to be able to slot into different speed groups on my many returns from injury.
8. What’s the best running advice you’ve been given which has helped you to become a better runner?
Both from Terry: Pace yourself so that you can fully do the session and don’t overtrain, don’t go all-out at every session.
9. What’s your running ambition going forward?