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Great Ireland Run 2015

The clock ticked to 39:59 and I could see the 10K finish line. Alas, I still had 400 metres to go in today’s Great Ireland Run, and I eventually ran in for a finishing time of 41:22. (You can look … Continue reading

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Great Ireland’s call

Regular readers here will know that I run marathons not for the medal or the sense of achievement, but as a 26.2-mile warm-up for my next 10K race. Last autumn, two weeks after the Dublin Marathon, I set a new 10K … Continue reading

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Tralee Marathon 2015 – finished!

I had struggled to get to the start line, and getting to the finish line proved to be no easier. But I still finished the 2015 Tralee Marathon in exactly 3 hours and 49 minutes. Given that I was sick … Continue reading

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Race to the marathon start line

A marathon consists of two challenges. One is getting to the finish line, and the other is getting to the start line. I’m almost at the start line of my ninth race over the classic distance, the Tralee Marathon. Race … Continue reading

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Finishing on The Mall(s)

It’s spring marathon season, and for us here in the English-speaking corner of Europe that means one race. Many runners are training hard and visualising intently for their glorious finish down The Mall. That includes me. Yes, in a few … Continue reading

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Taper illness

Just because you’re maranoid, it doesn’t mean the world is not out to get you during your marathon taper. With only nine days to go to the Tralee Marathon, I’m sick. I have whatever version of the cold bug is … Continue reading

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Tralee Marathon 2015 – I’m in!

My parkruns and cross country so far in 2015 were fine in themselves, but they were all part of a greater plan. I’ve entered the Tralee Marathon, taking place on 15 March. Tralee is my home town, and ever since … Continue reading

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Tralee parkrun coming up roses

For the last couple of years my home town of Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland, The World has been gripped by running fever. The Tralee Marathon, first run in 2013, has been a great success, and is now complemented by a … Continue reading

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My first cross country race: BHAA Eircom CC 2015

If only because I managed to eat my own weight in barm brack afterwards, my cross country debut was a success. Last Saturday I ran the BHAA Eircom CC 5-mile race in 34:09, for a good time in every sense. (The BHAA … Continue reading

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Spikes on for cross country

After all these years of burning tar, I’ve decided to go off-road and take my running into the fields. This Saturday morning I plan to run in the St Enda’s GAA Eircom CC in Dublin. The race is part of … Continue reading

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