A Dub legend in every meaning of the word. Meet our Andy!
|Marathon||03:36:00 (Dublin Marathon, 1981 - beofre chips!)|
When did you start running?
I started running in 1971.
Why did you start running?
there were no rowing ergometers and running was for aerobic fitness. Running is now back in fashion with national squads.
What is a typical training week for you?
Typically, during lockdown, I shuffle up Tullyard on Tuesday, a long-slow plod on Thursday, gentle jog with Mary on Saturday and hard burst along the towing path on Sunday. I get about 45k a week out of that.
What is your favourite Dub training session?
It has to be the Sunday jog – beautiful circuit, always in good weather with great company. I value hugely the weekly routes prepared by the Dubs.
What has been your favourite race(s) to take part in?
Most enjoyable running race was Barcelona Marathon in 2017; I had stuck to the training programme and the race just worked for me. On a great course, I had a positive split with a time of 3:56 – at age 67, we were happy to quaff much Cava with Mark McGown, Mary and our brother-in-law.
What are you running goals?
I do not have specific running goals. Because I coach rowing on most Saturdays, I am not free a lot. I really run for the fun, the young people, the endorphins create a feeling of warm fitness that lightens there dark times.
Tell us something random about yourself that people might not know!
Secrets are best kept secret! I was very luck to row in the Queen’s crew that got to the finals of the universities eights in Henley Royal Regatta in the fabulous summer of 1976.