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Oliver Clare

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

I started running last October; I wanted to raise money for a charity called the Inspire Ireland Foundation that does important work in the area of youth mental health through their flagship program, Reach Out. I operate a fundraising blog called ‘Running for Reachout’, which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/runningforreachout

Q2. How many marathons have you run? 

Including Kildare, I’ve run eight marathons so far.

Q3. What’s your favourite event?

My favourite event was the very first one – the West of Ireland marathon in Connemara last March. It was a completely new experience and tougher than anything I’d ever done before.

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

Somewhere in the 30-40 mile range

Q5. What’s your best ever running performance?

Best running performance was probably the last bank holiday weekend – ran three marathons in three days – Ballyhoura, Limerick and Belfast – and got a PB in Limerick.


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

Asics all the way!

Q7. What was your worst marathon experience?

Worst marathon experience was the West of Ireland marathon in Portumna directly after the Clare Madventure. Hurt myself after six miles and ended up walking the rest of the course, which took over six hours. Not fun!

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

Ran the GOAL Christmas mile last year in 6 minutes on the nose, that’s the best I’ve done so far.

Q9. What’s your marathon PB? 

Kildare Marathon (2012) – 3:56:53

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

Start slowly and run a strong second-half.

Q11. Have you ever had a serious running injury?

I did injure my knee once while training and was out for three weeks, but otherwise nothing too serious. I’m usually in bits for a while after a marathon but it normally wears off after a day or two.

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

Dislike hills as I got that first knee injury doing hill sprints in Drogheda and have disliked it ever since. I enjoy pyramid training sessions quite a lot though.

Q13. What is the longest race you have completed?

They’ve all been 26.2 mile marathons so far.

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

Things should not just be done well, but with style too.

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

Mars bars, snickers and twixes; they were handing them out at the Ballyhoura Mountain Marathon. Whatever works, I suppose!

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

In Connemara, I saw a guy dressed in a leprechaun costume freewheeling into Leenane on a large rickshaw; can’t remember who he was doing it for through.

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

Usually I just can’t get wait to lie down and get some food and a lucozade.

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

It depends. Not if there’s only a week in between marathons. But I wouldn’t like to go any longer than that without training.

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

It’s not something I’ve given too much thought to, hopefully it won’t be an issue for some time to come.

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

The 4 Deserts, although it’s a bit of a pipe dream at this stage.

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