Saturday 7 December 2019

Enjoying a 
Sunday Morning in Kate's running corner

Catherina with her son Patrick O’Reilly and daughter Deirbhile.
Catherina with her son Patrick O’Reilly and daughter Deirbhile.

Catherina McKiernan

RECENTLY my daughter, Deirbhile, and I went up to Castleknock College to take part in a 5km race which was organised by a good friend and training partner of mine, Kate O'Neill.

Kate has been dreaming about doing this 5k for the past couple of years and I was so happy for her that it finally came to fruition. The race was in Aid of Cystic Fibrosis, Ireland and in honour of Rory Doherty from Castleknock, who died tragically last year.

We all turn up to races, but we don't realise the amount of time and effort a team of people put in to making sure everything goes to plan. Being close to Kate, I am well aware now that she and all the organisers worked tirelessly over the past few months to make sure everything ran smoothly. Nearly 1,400 people came out to support this superbly organised event.

I am a great believer if you dedicated yourself to something, you will reap the rewards. I was a little anxious about the race because the children are off school now and I have not being running much, as I need to save my energy to keep them 'entertained' during the day.

When I get to the start line of any race I always manage to block everything else out of my mind and just focus on the job at hand. Sometimes I wish I could run in the middle of the pack and not be worried about where I finish or what time I do. But for the moment 'my ego' won't allow me to do that.

Frank Greely called in for a visit on the Friday beforehand and I told him that I wanted to race on Sunday, but that I hadn't being doing much training. Frank's reply was 'get on the start line, smile and enjoy the freedom of the run' From that moment on I looked forward to the race.

When Deirbhile and I arrived at Castleknock College on Sunday morning, there was a great atmosphere with people were warming up by doing Zumba dancing. The race was run over a fantastic course, starting beside the Castleknock College, into the Phoenix Park, around by Farmleigh estate and finished back at the college.

My frame of mind going into a 5k is to run fast from start to finish, as the distance is short and there is no settling in period. Thank God, I managed to do that and feel quite comfortable in the process. Deirbhile glided over the finish line soon after me.

Being able to support an event like last Sunday week gives me great satisfaction. As the saying goes 'worrying doesn't take away tomorrow's troubles, it takes away today's peace.'

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