Eagle AC Member Profile : Finbarr Lehane

Name: Finbarr Lehane

Member of Eagle AC since:

I joined Eagle in 2012 – I googled running clubs in Cork and Eagle came up as a “Friendly running club” so I asked Mike McGrath as I knew he was a member and he highly recommended it. (Thanks Mike!)

How long have you been running and what made you take it up:

I hadn’t done any running of note before joining Eagle A.C. I was 41 when I joined so my fitness wasn’t great at that stage. I had been a member of gyms for a while but didn’t really get a great kick out of that..What really gave me the bug was the first time we ran Run in The Dark for Mark Pollock- at that time it was down on Centre Park Road! It was either 2 laps or 4 laps (5 or 10k) I did 3 laps!!! After that my buddy in work said we would do the Ballycotton 10 and off we went!! Clueless.com of course, telling everyone who would listen that I was running the Ballycotton 10.

Favourite thing about running:

Lots of things really but I really enjoy the company of clubmates on long runs particularly! You find out all sorts about people on a long run!! Happy to say I have made some really good friends with a number of clubmates. You know who you are!

Can you remember the first Eagle AC member(s) you ran with:

Well the first time I arrived at the track in CIT, Lisa Boland ran with me for the warm up so she obviously saw the “what am I doing here look” and took me under her wing!

Favourite Cork race and why:

That’s a tough one- it’s a toss-up between Cork to Cobh or Dublin City Marathon – both great races- but I’d say the Cork to Cobh is the one..it comes at a perfect time of the year when you are in good shape (if you are training for DCM)- the walk up the hill to the hall is a killer though!!

Ultimate/Overall running goal:

To be able to keep running !! I tend not to take my running overly seriously, I always want to do my best and run faster times but my goal is to be able to enjoy it for as long as I can. I would love to run a few more marathons – maybe a repeat of the Upton Marathon in March with my good buddy Ruairi Egan and maybe a few more?

Most memorable/funniest running moment to date:

Well if anyone saw me the last few hundred metres of Dublin in 2019 they would laugh…I was like a guy after 10 pints!!! (not funny at the time but memorable!)

Tell us something most people might not know about you:

Well…..most people know I am an identical twin (Ron the handsome fecker!) The other thing that people definitely won’t know is that once I won an X-factor competition in work where I sang “Addicted to Love” – During my memorable half drunken routine I went into the audience where the CEO was and did a twirl or two. The same CEO later ended up in jail but that’s a WHOLE different story !!!

Biggest heroes (sporting or non-sporting):

Biggest sporting hero I think would be Jimmy Barry-Murphy .

Non-sporting her would be my brother Padraig.

One bit of advice you would give to someone thinking of taking up running:

First bit of advice is to join a club! The help and encouragement you get is fantastic. You will find your own pace eventually. Set a goal, running without a goal is such a waste so have a goal, have a plan…and most importantly enjoy it- it’s a pastime not a job. Another piece of advice is to listen to your body. If you have a niggle, rest and don’t run. Maybe as you get older you get wiser.

IF you could go on a run with one elite athlete (at your pace!) who would it be and what would you ask them

I was lucky enough to run with Sonia O’Sullivan in December 2019 in the Albert Park Run Melbourne but I didn’t really ask her anything!!

So if I had another opportunity I would run with Mo Farah and ask him what the story is like…with the Quorn and the other wonderful stuff !!

Olympic Marathon Aoife Cooke – 7th August 2021

Congratulations to our OLYMPIAN Aoife Cooke !!

We couldn’t have been prouder to see Aoife don the Irish singlet on Friday night and make her Olympic debut. A truly incredible achievement!

In absolutely brutal running conditions in Sapporo though, it unfortunately was just not to be Aoife’s day.

We know that this is just the start of Aoife’s international marathon running journey and that there are many, MANY brighter days to come for her!

Well done Aoife, all at Eagle AC and the wider Cork and Irish running communities are so proud of you and all that you have achieved to date. Your progress, training and dedication over the past couple of years have been inspirational.

This is just the beginning!!