Coaching journey: day 2

16 October 2020 Friday night after a 2nd day of learning over Zoom. I feel good, a nice tired, after having packed a lot into a day and learnt a lot. Getting to know people, who shared deeply personal stories and feelings - it was a privilege to listen. Dawn run My day started in … Continue reading Coaching journey: day 2

Close contacts & pitstops on the mountains

Trial race for world championships in mountain running Ballyhoura Mountains, Co. Limerick – 8th August 2020 3h 49m 47s – 8th place Last weekend I took part in a trial race, for the Irish team to compete at the World Mountain Running Championships, which is scheduled to take place in November in Lanzarote. The Irish … Continue reading Close contacts & pitstops on the mountains

One Day Video: Carrickmines run and Three Rock cycle

Recently I've started recording some videos with my smartphone while outdoors exploring. The #2kmfromhome restrictions on movement have been in place for 2 months and while they have been limiting to our normal routine, in other ways they have been enlightening. We have all probably discovered things around the corner that we never knew existed. … Continue reading One Day Video: Carrickmines run and Three Rock cycle

My Favourite mountain running memory

Recently, the Irish Mountain Running Association asked us to get creative and competitive, by organising a writing competition. So no mountains involved in the harming of the production, it could all be done safely from home. It was great to see a mix of entries from all ages - juniors to seasoned athletes. Some remarkable … Continue reading My Favourite mountain running memory

What’s the future of mass participation sports events in 2020?

As a race organiser, the implications of cancelled and postponed events is real with lots of uncertainty and unknowns. In recent days, the Irish government has cancelled all mass gatherings until the end of the summer, impacting all sporting, concerts, public gatherings and social events. I thought I’d share some ideas, given my experience from … Continue reading What’s the future of mass participation sports events in 2020?

Exploring My Neighbourhood

We've all been living #StayatHome and while it's been limiting and taken us all some adjusting to, in many ways there have been positives. For me I've enjoyed so much being able to continue training on foot and bike. Adapting to the 2km limits has made it surprisingly interesting, resurrecting a curiosity in what's on … Continue reading Exploring My Neighbourhood

Masters Cross Country

This year is only 2 weeks old, yet I already have 3 medals. You might think GAA calendars are packed but in athletics it’s peak cross-country season. Especially if you’re of the mature vintage, or as athletes officially become known as “masters” when they hit 35. The species of runner who may still be young … Continue reading Masters Cross Country

New York City Marathon 2019: Race Report

2:46:45 – 3:56 pace – 444th place (3 November 2019) So, 2 marathons in just over a week? It's Monday night the day after New York City Marathon. I'm a bit broken. My head, throath, nose and legs all hurt. My system is a bit worn down and empty, but my mind is so happy. … Continue reading New York City Marathon 2019: Race Report

Wild Atlantic Way Cycle 2019

A lot has been written about Kerry – writers, footballers, tourists, mountains, festivals, music, the people. So I'm trying to give a different angle, on our recent trip through the Kingdom. We spent 3 days cycling around Kerry. By “we” I mean 70 cyclists from Microsoft, plus 20 support crew who made it all possible. … Continue reading Wild Atlantic Way Cycle 2019

Night Run 10km – a surprise win

28th April 2019 – 10km PB of 33m 56s This race report was written last month after an unusual Sunday night for me. Wow, I’m shocked, surprised, delighted, tired, buzzing, happy, motivated. I don’t know what to say. I won a 10km in 33:56 beating over 4,000 competitors. It doesn’t get much better – plus … Continue reading Night Run 10km – a surprise win

Wicklow Way Relay 2019

Race Report 2nd place, Rathfarnham AC in 7h14m This race really is the Grand National of Irish Hill running. A big field. A long attritional course. The potential for disaster. The form guides. The chopping and changing of runners and riders. The going of the ground. The risk of falling at the first (not arriving … Continue reading Wicklow Way Relay 2019

Conducting the Orchestra: Phoenix Park Duathlon

27th April 2019: What do you call a duathlon without a bike leg? One of the many questions I pondered as we dealt with the tail end of Storm Hannah today. You learn in life that things will always take a twist, just when it looks like plain sailing. Well today I'm proud of the work … Continue reading Conducting the Orchestra: Phoenix Park Duathlon

Quest Glendalough 2019 Report

3rd place, 3h21m, 60km, +1800m My third time out in Glendalough and it turned out well – 3rd place after 3+ hours of slogging up and down Wicklow’s finest hills. I really do love these events – the Quest team open up beautiful parts of our country, where we get to battle it out with … Continue reading Quest Glendalough 2019 Report

The Love of Sport: Special Olympics

This week we hosted loads of Special Olympics athletes in our offices at Microsoft Ireland. They are a mix of men and women of all ages, who take part in the games in various sports like table tennis, golf, dancing, football and basketball. I was touched by the challenges these people face and how they … Continue reading The Love of Sport: Special Olympics

Book Review: Off Balance (Matthew Kelly)

I read a nice short book recently which got me to think differently about the perennial question that every worker now faces: “how do I find the balance between work and my life?” We live in a crazy, always on, smartphone-centered world. The answer Kelly gives is that we’re asking the wrong question. I was … Continue reading Book Review: Off Balance (Matthew Kelly)

Canada & Quebec: What’s different?

Canada is a peaceful place. The pace of life is calm, even in the city. Drivers are patient. Cyclists are well lit and wrapped up. Streets have character, with unique shopfronts. Lots of Irish surnames – Murphy, Maguire, Mulcahy. Plenty of British influence: spelling - “centre” not “center”’; a bronze statue of the Queen on … Continue reading Canada & Quebec: What’s different?

Comparing Quebec and Ireland

Visiting Quebec for 2 weeks this autumn has made me think a lot about the parallels between these 2 places. Even though they are very proud of their language and heritage, they're not anti-British or anti royalty. They still show that patriotism to fight. On the face of it, you see so many differences: language, … Continue reading Comparing Quebec and Ireland

Quest Killarney 2018: Did Do Better

Sixth year running around Killarney, I was surprised to end up on the podium in 3rd after 4 hours of racing. This is a story of familiar faces, glorious gaps, muddy mountains, lovely lakes, stupid sheep, continuous climbs, dangerous descents, several surprises, pilates poses and lots more. I’ve been going down to Killarney since 2013 … Continue reading Quest Killarney 2018: Did Do Better

Charity Events at Work: What I Learnt

In September 2018, I took part in a charity fundraiser with my colleagues at Microsoft Ireland. A team of 80 people fundraised over €110,000 for Ireland’s only children’s hospice, Laura Lynn. I wanted to share my thoughts on all the great things that I learnt by taking part, both from a personal and team point … Continue reading Charity Events at Work: What I Learnt

Dingle Adventure Race: 2018 Race Report

My 7th year coming down to Dingle for an always memorable and happy weekend. This time was different. I was injured, so had to make a call the night before to drop down to the sport distance. My ankle has been sprained since a triathlon 2 weeks ago, so there’s no way I could run … Continue reading Dingle Adventure Race: 2018 Race Report

Wicklow Way Relay 2018

Rathfarnham AC Team Report By David Power, Team Captain One of the highlights of the IMRA calendar, a real celebration of team spirit, adventure and surprises. Rathfarnham AC was hoping to continue our proud history in the Wicklow Way Relay, an 8 person relay over 100 kilometers from Dublin to South Wicklow. In our way … Continue reading Wicklow Way Relay 2018

Maurice Mullins Trail 2018

8th – 1h57m One of the excellent IMRA events, which I completed for the 4th time. Conditions were calm and mild, and a lot drier underfoot thank I’d expected. It’s nice waiting at the start in Ballinstoe. Watching the Ultra runners reach their halfway mark, just as we set off. Fair play to them all. … Continue reading Maurice Mullins Trail 2018