The 8 week Fit4Life programme came to a close last Tuesday with a 5km test in Loreto Park. After battling wind and rain and just over four laps of the park, Gavin Stapleton and Jenny O'Malley (see picture) proved to be fastest man and lady of the evening. It was a delight to see how much the group progressed over the 8 weeks of the programme. Well done to all who took part, we hope to see many of you stay on with the club. A big thank you also to everyone who volunteered to coach the sessions each week.

Members please note that from 5th March until 18th June training at the Tallaght track will be from 11am -12pm to accommodate the Special Olympics group who will be training at 10am during this period. From 25th June we will revert to our normal slot of 10am - 11am for the rest of the year.

Brian competing in the Dublin Marathon

What sports did you play in school and college?

 Soccer mainly. Also hurling and football in school.

When and why did you choose athletics as your sport?

 When I moved to Dublin I started running in my spare time to keep my fitness.

What does a typical week consist of?

 Long run Sunday, session on Tuesday and Saturday. Mainly easy running otherwise. 

What's your strongest distance/race?

 10K to Half Marathon.

How has being a member of Rathfarnham AC added to your experience of the sport?

Great bunch of people in Rathfarnham - like all running clubs, positive atmosphere. 

What are your most satisfying achievements in athletics and life?

Representing Ireland in Mountain running. 

What advice would you give to other busy individuals trying to balance their career, personal life and training schedules?

 Always possible to fit the training in. Kinda hard to do it all though as regard going out and that, you have to make your choices.

Who inspires you in life and sport?

 Lots of people in athletics. Other sports such as GAA and soccer. Not necessarily all sport either, like music too. Running wise, the likes of John Lenihan and Kenny Stuart would be big heroes of mine mountain running wise. Plenty others on the track and roads too such as Ron Hill. More recently Gebresallie and Bekele.

If time, talent and money were no obstacle, what event or adventure would you most like to take part in?

I dont know – become a fulltime athlete and go on the track circuit around Europe/the World for the Summer!

What are your goals for 2016?

Run sub 32.00 mins for 10k.

Run Sub 15.30 for 5k

Valerie (#101) competing in the Dublin Intermediate Cross Country Championships 2015 in Tymon Park

 

What sports did you play in school and college?

Like most children growing up I was involved in a lot of sports. I used to do a lot of swimming, played basketball with the school teams, played Gaelic football with the local club, school and County. When I started secondary school I joined Carrick on Shannon Athletic Club. 

When and why did you choose athletics as your sport?

I always enjoyed running from an early age and I was influenced by watching athletes such as Sonia O’Sullivan, Catriona McKiernan, Paula Radcliffe and Dame Kelly Holmes competing. The friendly atmosphere within Carrick AC and in particular Coach John Connolly made committing  to athletics an easy decision for me.

What does a typical week consist of?

A typical week for me would consist of an hour’s run on the Curragh Plains, County Kildare most mornings before work along with 2-3 clubs sessions on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. I would normally finish the week with a long run on a Sunday. 

What's your strongest distance/race?

10km – Road.

How has being a member of Rathfarnham AC added to your experience of the sport?

Since joining Rathfarnham AC in late 2011 I have had the opportunity to meet and train with likeminded people and take part in races I wouldn’t have otherwise entered.

What are your most satisfying achievements in athletics and life?

Winning the Schools Connaught Cross Country and team silver at the Community Games in Mosney was an extremely proud moment as a child; also winning the annual Defence Forces 10k Road Race on consecutive years (2012 & 2013) was a standout achievement.

What advice would you give to other busy individuals trying to balance their career, personal life and training schedules?

It always helps to plan your weeks training in advance and try to find the gaps in your schedule. The most important thing is to enjoy what you do as this makes it easier to find the time.

Who inspires you in life and sport?

I find myself inspired by those around me as there as several fantastic athletes in Rathfarnham AC at every age category and discipline.

If time, talent and money were no obstacle, what event or adventure would you most like to take part in?

Rio 2016 Heptathlon 

What are your goals for 2016?

As Ladies Captain I would like see as many ladies as possible compete and medal in Championship Races in 2016.