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Splash World 10KM

April 12th, 2015

I did this race a few years ago and thought hey why not try it again and I’m glad I did, a new course which was super flat and nice to run. Grabbed a time of 42.12, which has me in a good mood! Also nice event afterwards for the kids to enjoy and play around Tramore.

Run Mount Juliet 10km

February 14th, 2015

What is it with me and hilly races. First of the year and I have to say this Mount Juliet race is a great one to start off with. There’s a steady incline for the first 1.5 kms then a down hill section and then the WALL …….. the hill that just seems to go on for ever.

Once I got over that the race was normal enough and grabbed a time of 43.17, which is another few seconds scrapped off from last year (2014 was 43.49). 

SplashWorld 10km

April 13th, 2014

What a disastrous couple of weeks since the 1st run of the sesson in Mount Juliet. I now know I really shouldn’t have done that run, the calf injury just was too much.

Now it’s been weeks of frustration as my training plan had to go out the window. It also took weeks for my head to get around this injury so I entered this SplashWorld event with trepidation.

It’s been a few years since I did this race and I hadn’t realised that the course had changed to a more flatter one. 2 laps around the main sea front area of Tramore.

At the start I managed to get a good starting position and away we went at high speed. Although I was determined to stay on a predefined split time as I didn’t want to over do the come back race. Things were good to the half way point then the energy drained a little and the last 2 kms were tough going but end3d with a time of 41:42 which is just 8 secs from my PB and a whole 4 mins 07 secs faster than the time I did here 2 years ago.

So finally I feel back on track.

Run Mount Juliet

February 15th, 2014

Back to picturesque Mount Juliet, Kilkenny for the first run of the season. I’ve been looking forward to this all winter long but disappointment has struck in as I’ve picked up an injury breaking in my new runners.

I know they say break in new foot wear slowly and I thought I had. I placed at least 20km in them but on a rare fast leg of a training run just one week before this race, pop went the left calf muscle.

As I had registered for this event ages ago I was determined to do it and so had some intensive physio on coming into the event.

Now it has been constantly raining for the past few weeks and a big storm has just passed so there was also a wonder as to whether this race would be run at all. Turns out on the morning registration desk the 10km was fine but the half marathon had to be cancelled, the course was flooded.

And sure enough as I made my way down to the start line we had to walk across a section of wooden pallets over a flooded road within the Mount Juliet grounds. Those that had come for the half were super disappointed and the consolation of running the 10km didn’t appear to appease a large section of the crowd.

Finally under starters orders and who’s there on the start line only Sonia O’Sullivan, Irish European/World/Olympic medallist and it was super cool to be able to run with Sonia for 2 kms and then that dreaded hill came into sight and sure enough it defeated me. I tried I really tried but it was just so steep.

The rest of the run was normal enough and I didn’t feel the calf muscle that much and closed the event with a time of 43:49 which isn’t too shabby and 3 minutes within Sonia’s time (which I’m sure was just a training stroll for her).

When I look back at my previous run here I had a time of 43:55 so a few seconds clipped off.

I leave Mount Juliet limping and not feeling too good I hope this isn’t a bad sign for future runs.

The Carers Association Clonmel 10Km

October 20th, 2013

I’ve been running this race for the past 2 years, and I find it a nice one to finish off the season with.

Given my recent injury from the last race I was unsure if I’d put in enough training for this last official run, but when morning came I felt good and the weather was fine too, so no excuses I had to be up for this run.

There was a super crowd at the start location, but I grabbed a nice spot by the timing van, which meant that people had to file back towards the back of the starting pack once everyone was called to the line. Some lady, quite possibly the Major of Clonmel said a few words at the start which for the life of me I couldn’t hear and I was near the front !!!!

Anyway under starts orders and as per usual the race started off at a great pace, but I really felt steady in the first few kilometres and in fact the incline at the Poppy Fields didn’t faze me at all, so it’s from here I knew I was up for this race.

There’s a good bit of down hill and flat from this point so kept the steady pace up, until I came to the dreaded long up hill stint on the Marlfield Road ! Once again the mental block kicked in, I must find a way around this, but my pace dropped way off on this hill. Got over the crest and it still took me a little while to truly get back on pace and then I just got it stuck in my mind that there was some one right behind me, right off my shoulder and it drove me on.

The last few km’s were great, I felt the pressure of someone behind me and I just didn’t want to be passed and so it proved to the line, the chap behind finished just 6 seconds behind.

Overall I finished in a time of 43:24, which placed me in 12th place … holy crap I’m over the moon with that result, given there were over 270 runners/joggers/walkers. The time was 2:22 quicker than last year, which again I have to say I’m really happy with.

Time to ramp down the training a little, take a break and aim for new start in December.

3 Counties Challenge: Piltown 10k Race

August 2nd, 2013

The summer holidays in Devon, which were great by the way, stopped me from participating in the Rathgormack 5 Mile Race mid July, but I kept up the training runs over the break and I was back and ready for the 5th and final run of the summer series organised by the Carrick Roadrunners.

This race was hyper-local given that it was in Piltown and even part of the course was on a regular training route of mine so I was excited and determined about running this race. More so determined as I bombed at this race last year and wanted to make up for that.

On picking up my number at the registration desk I was greeted with a pleasent surprise as I was presented with a money off voucher for Outfield Sports (Carrick-on-Suir) given that I was about to complete 4 runs out of the 5 run series.

I tucked that voucher away and made for the start line in Kildalton College, the number of participants seemed smaller but overall the start line was still crowded. On the off I was sure not to kill myself in the first part around the grounds of Kildalton, this is something I didn’t watch out for the year previous. Also I took note that the course was measured in miles so I have a better set of figures in my head now when it comes to my race pace in miles.

I broke the first hill nicely and was well into my run by mile 3 and then we hit the Bog Road, my training patch. I needed a good strong pace on this stretch and found it. I was feeling good, really good and was well on my way to the finish line. Then in the final 500m there was a little hiccup a stumble and then I hear in the crowd, “Come on Miguel you’re nearly there”. A supporter, it was brillant, just what I needed to get that head up again and burst for the actual line.

Once the race clock came into sight it was fantastic, just to see I was right on track for what I wanted to achieve and I stopped it at 42:21.

Number 662 making for the finish line

This was a personnel best for 10km which I must say I am delighted with, makes me feel all the training runs over the summer break were worth it. It seems the camera man at the finish line caught that feeling just right too.

Number 662 happy out with the final result

Stoneyford 10km Challenge

May 19th, 2013

In flying form these days after a few quick races, so I entered the Stoneyford (Kilkenny) 10km with high hopes of bettering last years race.

I arrived in Stoneyford in good time, and managed a decent warm up, although my only slight worry was the fact my left ankle has been acting up a little recently so I was trying my best to monitor it, in the warm runs.

Due to the layout of the initial start line, which runs up the village main street and then back down again, I was determined to find a good starting position. I did and really the next thing to get clear in my mind was to pace myself from the start, which simply isn’t easy to do !


The first 1.5km was good, then I hit the long up hill stretch out of the village, I felt I was tipping along fine until the 40 min pace runner cam flying by me and then I knew two things, one I had started too quick again and two at the 3 km mark I was starting to slow from that early quick pace.

I found my stride and took on the hills as best I could, I know I still have to do some training work in regards to hills, I’m just not achieving the right pace on them. There was a great down hill stint at the 6km mark, however the 7.5km mark hill that came up next was really tough ! There was a lady that passed me at this stage, but she was great in giving encouragement as she passed, which really helped as I pushed towards the end goal.

The last stint of the run was super fast, mostly down hill, although there was one chap on a real flyer past me at this last stage, but never the less I was feeling good coming into the finishing line area.

Beating 43:35 from last year was the target and as I looked at the big digital clock coming into the finish I was over the moon 42 something was on clock, I could do it, I could break it and sure enough from the official time sheet [pdf] I grabbed a time of 42:52.


A full 40 secs better and not only that but broke the 44 minute mark, I was really, really happy with that run, not that the picture shows it !

Clonmel Carers Association 10km

October 21st, 2012

This is a tough one the Carers Association 10k Run Clonmel 2012, there’s a hill in the middle of this course that just seems to go on forever. I knew it this year though, and I think I broke it in the end.

The start line of the 2012 Clonmel Cares Association 10km

The start line of the 2012 Clonmel Cares Association 10km

On my watch I finished at 45:46 and off the official timing sheet [xls] it was 45:50 on the clock but 45:46 off the tag. I placed 43rd out of 378 runners/joggers/walkers.

Overall I’m really happy with the run, and it was 1:39 quicker than last year.

Danesford 10km

October 7th, 2012

An undulating course greeted me for the Danesdord 10km run. I was happy at the half way stage but by km 6 & 7 I faded away and even with a sprint in the final km only managed 43:45 (watch) with an official time of 43:46. Ok not my best time of the year, but then again not too far off my best of 43:30 from back in May. I placed 23rd out of 189 runners, walkers and strollers.

On a better note it was great to see Deirdre Uí Dhubhda there for her run which she completed with Meadbh (her dog) in tow.

Deirdre Uí Dhubhda

Deirdre Uí Dhubhda running with Meabdh

I must say that was no mean feat !

Kilsheelan 10km

September 23rd, 2012
Kilsheelan 10km by miguelpdl
Kilsheelan 10km, a photo by miguelpdl on Flickr.

Had a great run this morning in Kilsheelan (Tipperary, Ireland). Measured 43:12 on my watch and the time keeper shouted 43:13 as I crossed the line. Shaved 17 secs off my PB and I’m really happy with the event. I was hoping to break the 43 min barrier, but what the hell this was the best run of the year so far. Made a decision not to us the GPS tracker on this run, and I didn’t find it had too much of an effect as each KM was well marked along the route.

Having all the kiddos cheering at the end was fantastic too. Must say the after care in the town hall was just brillant as well.