Tuesday 21 November 2017

'I paid about €7 for a can of Sprite in a Dubai hotel'


Irish runner Sinead Kane
Irish runner Sinead Kane
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Irish runner Sinead Kane became the first visually-impaired athlete to compete at the World Marathon Challenge earlier this year. That challenge involved running seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. The first race was at Union Glacier in Antarctica; the last race was in Sydney.

Kane, who is from Cork, was born with just 5pc vision. She completed the World Marathon Challenge with the help of her guide runner, John O'Regan. She took up running in April 2012 - and did her first marathon in October 2014.

She is a qualified solicitor.

What's the most expensive country you ever visited?

Dubai was quite expensive. I can remember paying the equivalent of around €7 for a can of Sprite in a hotel there.

What's the most expensive thing you have ever bought?

I don't own any property. I don't buy expensive things. I just buy what I need for everyday life. The most expensive thing I bought was a neck piece worth €500. It was for a special occasion when I graduated as a solicitor.

What was your worst job?

I worked in a kitchen once where I did the cleaning and sandwich-making. I disliked it because the hours were very varied and late and so I could never properly plan anything.

However, I can think of worse jobs to be in - such as working with meat. I'm vegetarian so if I was ever offered a job working with meat, I would quickly turn it down no matter how much money I was offered.

What was your biggest financial mistake?

I don't focus my life on money or buying things. I try to live as simply as possible. So I haven't taken many risks with money - or made mistakes with it.

What was your best financial killing?

On the World Marathon Challenge, I won a sportsmanship award of $9,000. I gave it to the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.

All the runners on the World Marathon Challenge had to write down three people they felt deserved an award based on how they interacted with others for the week. And I won.

Android or iPhone?

Android. I like it as it allows me to take pictures. If I can't see something like a number, I take a picture and I zoom in and out to see what the number is. In Antarctica, I was upset that I couldn't see the beauty of the mountains around me - however, my phone allowed me take pictures. I could then zoom in and out and that allowed me to see what was around me.

Have you ever switched utility provider?

Yes - I've often moved TV and internet provider.

Itunes or Spotify?

Mostly CDs or Spotify.

What was the last thing you bought online?

A book about bullying to help me with my PhD research, as I am a full-time PhD researcher. My topic relates to second-level teachers' duty of care when it comes to bullying.

Would you buy Irish property now?

If I had the money I would, but I don't.

What's your favourite Irish coin?

I am not a big fan of coins but that is mainly due to my visual impairment, which makes it very difficult to manage coins. I find it hard to tell what is what. I try and put them up against one another to measure them and then I can tell for example that the bigger one is a 50c or a €2.

Do you ever haggle?

I would barter more than I haggle and one incidence that comes to mind is swapping training advice with someone who was planning to do a 12-hour race.

They asked what tips I could offer to be able to cover a distance of 112km in a 12-hour race. In exchange for work on my website (www.sineadkane.ie), I helped explain the mental side of the training and how I would approach it.

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