10 miles, half’s and marathons .It was years before I saw the point of shorter races (a means to an
end for longer events?)
3. Can you give a brief synopsis of your running career to date ?
I was fortunate in the early 90s to work for a German Company in London that had guaranteed
London Marathon entries. I ran London in 92, 94 and 95, together with a number of HMS along the
way. My HM PB remains 79mins at the Portsmouth HM.
My life changed when I married Noeleen and moved to Dublin in 97.
I ran Dublin most years in the earlier Noughties when the DCM was much smaller and on the life
support of American charities that brought large numbers of participants.
I crossed the running club Rubicon in late 2004 (following yet another 3.02 marathon!)Joining
Clonliffe harriers with Kieran Murphy to crack the sub 3, which I did in Dublin 2 years in a row 05 and
It took me another 5 years to repeat the trick in a double in Rotterdam and Dublin.
In Dublin 11, where I was literally the last finisher sub 3 in the one year that RTE followed the BBC
template in a live outside broadcast.
My triumph on screen was quickly deflated when I got home with my daughter crying with
embarrassment at her daddy’s face on live TV full of spit at the finishing line!
4. What would you consider to be your main highlight ?
..In a kind of Moscow Olympics thing where you can only beat who turns up…?
I finished 3 rd in the Connemara Marathon of 2006.
Kieran Murphy ran the HM that day and he still recalls me saying, I am never running that race
again! It was about the only post-race promise I ever kept.
5. When did you hook up with TTracers and what was the reason for doing so?
I changed jobs in 2015 which brought me to a work location almost equidistant between
Trinity and Sean Moore Park.
It was also a more sedentary job which brought me full circle to where it all started !. That waistline
6. what would be in your eyes the main advantage of being part of TTracers ?
It’s great to be in a group of similar minded running obsessives!
You find your own level with the different groups. The talent is such that you can be brought down
to earth quickly.
Many a time I think I am doing well and can crack the next group only to be looking sheepishly at
Terry after one lap…”I should get back shouldn’t I?”
TT Racers have also been a great support for me in the last couple of years in my family
I have also gained new friends that are lifelong friends and not just running colleagues.
I hope to back in the summer following recent surgery