Member Profile : Olga O’Sullivan

Olga-O-SullivanName: Olga O’Sullivan

Member of Eagle AC since: March 2018

How long have you been running & what made you take it up: I’m an outdoors nut who works in finance… I dabbled in running many years ago but only really took it up at the end of 2014. It is easier to fit in a run between the job and family commitments than go surfing, hiking, climbing or open water swimming. (I still do all this but just not enough.)

Favourite thing about running: Running makes me feel free and lets me push my limits. You meet inspiring people at the races and become part of the local running community. It clears the head; it’s my therapy! Once, I came home after a long day at work, had a look around, and instead of giving out to everyone about the mess, went upstairs, put my gear on, ran out the door and didn’t stop for 20k. After I came back, nothing bothered me anymore, so it clearly works.

Favourite race distance to run: Not 5k! I like anything that requires a bit of endurance and I pace myself better at longer races…

What is your main goal for this year: Not to get injured and be out of action; also, more trails and mountain running.

Your best race/most memorable racing moment to date: I absolutely loved Roscarberry Surf,Turf n’Tar half marathon this year! My sort of race: forest trails, the beach, sand dunes, pontoons, hills, more hills & a bit of the road; plus I couldn’t believe it when I ended up the 3rd woman to cross the finish line.

Tell us something most people might not know about you: In what feels like a former lifetime, I used to be a professional violin player and I met my Irish husband while we both lived in India.

Biggest heroes (sporting or non-sporting): I love the “every day heroes”. I encountered so many inspiring people in my life through travelling and volunteering. For example, the parents, kids & volunteers at Surf2Heal are all simply awesome.

One bit of advice you would give to someone thinking of taking up running: Enjoy it and join Eagle AC – a lovely bunch of people to train with, one of the best decisions I made this year.

3 things you would take with you onto a desert island: Runners, hiking boots and a surfboard.

View from the Archives – Jan-Apr 2006

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In this batch, we look back at the first four months of 2006

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A large crowd made the long journey to West Cork for the first running of the Bay Run, a half marathon from Glengarriff to Bantry. The square in Bantry at 8.30 on a dull overcast but mild morning was a hive of activity as competitors made their way on to a fleet of coaches that brought them along the race route to the start line in Glengarriff. Everyone got to see what was ahead of him or her on the tough undulating course.

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Club Notes for November 2018

200-pix-news-resultsClub Notes for November 2018… by Karen Bevan and the news team

[eagleAC] Eagle AC weekly club email 29.11.2018
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Evening all

Hope the week is going well and that storm Diana did not disrupt things too much.

It was a pretty quiet running week this week by the look of things, but plenty on the calendar again this weekend. We have several club members heading to Waterford for the Waterford Half Marathon this Saturday, so the very best of luck to everyone heading East! The Border half is also on this Sunday in Limerick and best of luck to Ed Fitz who is taking part in this.

Looking further afield we have Andrew O Farrell and Tony Merritt, who are seeking out some sunshine and doing the Valencia marathon on Sunday, best of luck to the guys and hope they enjoy it!

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Eagle AC take Bronze in Munster Masters Cross Country

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Congratulations to the 5 Eagle AC Members who took part in the Munster masters cross country in Clare recently. Brilliant performance from Vivian Foley winning silver in the O45 category and Eagle AC won Bronze in the O 35 team event. Cork county won gold in both the O35 and O50 team event with Mark Smith, Vivian Foley, and Damian Keneally scoring points for Cork in the County race. Well done to Eagle AC men’s XC team!

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Training Programmes for the 2019 Dungarvan 10 mile road race

Dungarvan-Training-Programme-AdvertJohn Desmond will be running three 11 week training programmes for the 2019 Dungarvan 10 mile road race and they start on Monday the 19th of November 2018.

These are based on training for 3, 4 or 5 days per week so they should suit most people. Even if you’re not doing Dungarvan, they should get you into good shape for any other race around that time.

A. Easy/Improvers – Based on 3 days training (20-30 miles per week)
B. Intermediate – Based on 4 days training (30-40 miles per week)
C. Performance – Based on 5 days training (40-50 miles per week)

More details sent by mail to all club members.

Club Notes for October 2018

200-pix-news-resultsClub Notes & News for October 2018

[eagleAC] Eagle AC weekly club email 25.10.2018

EAGLE AC Weekly Club Email

Evening all

Congratulations this week to Pat O’ Connor on a great performance in Amsterdam a great result, and Ruairi has the details below for you so I won’t spoil the surprise! Great stuff Pat!

The very best of luck to all our fantastic Eagle AC runners heading to the Dublin city marathon this Sunday! The long training plans have come to an end and it’s time to put all of those plans into action and make to most of your time on the roads of Dublin, we hope everyone has a great day out and you reach your planned targets.

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Anne-Marie Power completes World Championship Ironman in Hawaii

Congratulations to club member Anne Marie Power who completed the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii over the weekend.

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Anne-Marie’s time for the full Ironman was 11 hours 18 mins and 09 seconds. The time is broken down as follows…

Race Summary
2.4 mile Swim 01:10:26
112 mile Bike 05:37:52
26.2 mile Run 04:18:52
Overall 11:18:09

Anne-Marie described the conditions as hot and humid which made the final leg especially tough.