Member Profile: Damian Kenneally

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Name: Damian Kenneally

Member of Eagle AC since: 2013

How long have you been running what made you take it up: I took up running in 2012, I had called a day playing GAA and my brother Jonathan took me out for a run as I was getting lazy, I haven’t looked back since.

Favourite thing about running: I love the fact you can run anytime, anywhere and in any conditions.

Favourite race distance to run: 5k would be my favourite distance at the moment.

What is your main goal for this year: My main goal is to improve my times in all distances below half marathon.

Your best race/most memorable racing moment to date: I have 2, my 1st marathon in Barcelona, a great race and a great weekend away, but Dublin 2016 will always be my favourite, I ran it with my brother Jonathan with the goal of getting him under 4 hours. There were great memories throughout the whole 3.55hours, crossing the line with him will always make me smile.

Tell us something most people might not know about you: I didn’t want to do a marathon until I was 40, when I signed up for the Barcelona marathon I thought I was signing up for a half, had the flights paid for before I realised it actually the full. Oops.

Biggest heroes (sporting or non-sporting): Has to be my Dad, he is the reason I wanted to keep improving my times as I wanted to try and beat his times from his running days.

One bit of advice you would give to someone thinking of taking up running: Running is not all about running fast, it’s about meeting new friends and changeling yourself to be a better version of yourself

Other hobbies outside of running: Going to the gym and going to get back into cycling this year

3 things you would take with you onto a desert island: A team of Boeing engineers, an airport, a pilot. Not yet having the means to leave the island, I would use the materials on the island, and they would design and build my plane and then the pilot would fly us away, since it has an airport now, I’d sell the property to whoever will pay the highest price.