Born To Run IT Tralee Marathon Club

Marathon in Limerick On May 1 st 2011, the first 13 members of the Born To Run IT Tralee Marathon Club successfully completed the full 26.2 miles of the Great Limerick Run. For 12 of the runners this was their first ever marathon experience - the clubâ¿¿s trainer, Marcus Howlett [Adventure Tourism] is an experienced marathon runner.

The marathon club was the initiative of Marcus- he approached the Instituteâ¿¿s Sports Officer, Jennifer Healy, with the concept of a marathon club aimed at novice runners. An e-mail challenging both staff and students to train for their first marathon was issued in September 2010- both staff and students responding to the challenge. The training sessions began in November 2010.

These sessions were structured to enable the group to gradually develop their running abilities, starting with a mix of walking/running over short distances and progressing to longer distance running. Sessions were held 4 times a week and the timetable allowed for flexibility- for the midweek runs, the runners could choose between lunchtime runs, evening runs or runs at other times which suited their individual circumstances. A longer distance run was also held each Saturday. Ultimately, the efforts of the entire group are spelled out in the photo- â¿¿ITTRALEE, we did it!â¿¿.   Everyone completed the full marathon- a fantastic individual achievement and a testament to the skill of their trainer.

Marcus intends to continue training the club and is hopeful that new members will be tempted to join next year. Ultimately, the aim is that club becomes self-sustaining by attracting both staff and students on an on-going basis. Depending on the level of interest, there may be a club for beginners (like this year) or for both beginner- and intermediate-level runners. Training programmes will be pitched at the relevant level.

So come on- if you think you are up to the challenge, contact Jennifer in the Sports Office and prepare to join the world of successful marathon participants!

In the picture LtoR: 

Edel Fitzpatrick, Moira Lynch, Catrina Heffernan, Vivienne Li, Laura  Duggan, Mary O Sullivan, Anna Marie Greaney, Anne Cleary, Emer Thompson, Brian Hayden, Gerardina Hartnett, Marcus Howlitt (Club Trainer) and Maeve Ryan.