Breda Francis

Q1.When did you start running and what got you interested in it?

Secondary School, aged 15, middle distance & cross country team.
Q2. How many marathons have you run?


Q3. What’s your favourite event?

This is a very difficult question to answers, as I gain a new experience every time I run a marathon.  A few events do stand out thou!

– the 10th day of the 10 n 10 in Six Mile bridge

– Connemara marathon 2014

– Craughwell AC marathon

– Rathdrum 2015.

In each of these I found a new depth to myself, witnessed amazing feats of human endurance & discovered ways to right the world (albeit for that moment in time).

Q4. How many miles do you run in a typical week?

Monday – Friday ~ 20 miles

Sat / Sunday 10 to 12 miles (depending)

Q5.  What’s your best ever running performance?

Shadow man marathon 4.04hrs, 2014.

Q6. What running shoes do you wear and do you wear racing flats?

Brooks – not sure what racing flats are

Q7. What was your worst marathon experience?
No such thing – in hindsight ?

Q8. How fast could you run a mile on a track?

Not sure – sub 8 mins ??

Q9. What’s your marathon PB?

Shadowman 4.04hrs
Q10. What’s the best piece of training advice you were ever given?

Successful running means learning to leave your comfort zone & learning to love the discomfort.

Q11. Have you ever had a serious running injury?


Q12. What training session do you find the hardest/dislike the most and what’s your favourite session

Speed work & the fear of injury

Hill runs

Q13. What is the longest race you have completed?

Marathon distance

Q14.  Do you have a Favourite quote [running or otherwise?] 

Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality.

Q15. Weirdest food you’ve ever eaten during a marathon?


Q16.  Strangest thing you’ve ever seen during a marathon?-!

A guy urinating while running & not very discretely.

Q17. What usually goes through your head as you cross the finish line of a marathon?

– Thank God.

Q18. Do you get narky if you don’t get a run in?


Q19. Have you ever considered how you’d handle it if you couldn’t run again? 

Can’t think about it!

Q20.  What event have you not yet completed that you would like to do the most in the future?


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    Marathon Club Ireland was formed to encourage all aspects of marathon running in Ireland, from participation to organisation. We are a group of like minded individuals who complete 26.2 mile races for fun, for a sense of achievement and mostly in a quest to complete 100 marathons, or more. Influenced by the highly respected 100 Marathon Club UK, the club was formed in November 2010 and is a non-profit body run by a committee of elected volunteers.

    Club membership is open to those who have completed one or more marathons and achievement awards can be presented to mark the completion of 25 , 50, 75 & 100 marathons. These medals are purchased by members and can be awarded by a selected member at a convenient race, with the exception of the 100 Marathon Medal. The prestigious 100 Marathon Medal is awarded free by the club, with the stipulation that the recipient must be a paid member for at least one year immediately prior to the year in which they receive the award. This is due to the fact that the 100 medal costs more than the annual membership fee.

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