Race Review – Wicklow Gaol Break Half Marathon

Date: sunday 24th march Start Time: 10.30am

Weather Conditions:  2 degrees C with a gusty breeze –  Freezing!!!

Route difficulty : challenging but enjoyable  Chip Time: 1hr 32min 08secs ( average pace 7mins 01secs)

Position 38th

Overall impression : very well organised, challenging course, a good training run but not a course for PBs

Race website http://www.wicklowhalfmarathonand10km.com

Wicklow Gaol Half Marathon Profile

Really enjoyed this run, disappointed I didn’t break 90mins but considering the windy conditions (and the Hills!!!)  I was happy.

Started with a 6 min 25 sec mile …. I think this was just an effort to get warm and then settled into a 6 min 40 pace and felt comfortable. Then hit the hills at 3.5 miles and the pace slowed to a couple of 7 min 30 sec mile pace, they were steep! Fell in with 2 lads for the second half, they were running a nice pace 6 mins 50 secs – 7 mins and finished comfortably,  possibly could have gone sub 90 if the weather had been kinder.

Finish Line.
Finish Line.

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I qualified with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy from Trinity College Dublin in 2004. Since graduating I have worked in St. James Hospital Dublin and have worked in all the areas of speciality within the hospital including cardiorespiratory, orthopaedics, rheumatology, care of the elderly, neurology, burns and plastic surgery among others . I have also completed a post graduate certificate in acupuncture in UCD 2009. The Physiotherapy Department in SJH has strong links with Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and I have supervised undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy students on practice placements and also delivered lectures on the undergraduate academic programme in TCD. I have a keen interest in all sports and currently plays with Cill Dara RFC 1st team squad, and Milltown GAA. I have previously worked as Physiotherapist to Co. Carlow Senior GAA Team, Milltown GAA, Leinster Junior Rugby Team and Cill Dara RFC. I am an experienced runner and competed in the Dublin City Marathon in 2002. I continue to participate in running events and multisport disciplines such as Gaelforce West, Gaelforce North and the Motivate Challenge. I have a particular interest in strength and conditioning. I utilise this knowledge of resistance training in the treatment of his clients. I am committed to continuous learning and development in order to ensure the optimal level of care is offered to my clients, and with this in mind I am currently undertaking a certification in Strength and Conditioning (CSCS) with the NSCA.

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