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Trail running: ‘You’re using all your senses – it’s like you’re taking in energy from the ground and nature.’

As the pursuit is becoming increasingly popular in Ireland, we chat to some avid trail runners about the joys of putting on their running shoes and getting into the wilds 

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From left, trail runners Nora Kennedy, Alicia Christofi-Walshe and Sarah Brady at Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Photo: Frank McGrath.

From left, trail runners Nora Kennedy, Alicia Christofi-Walshe and Sarah Brady at Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Photo: Frank McGrath.

Nora says she loves being out in the elements

Nora says she loves being out in the elements

Trail runner Alicia Christofi-Walshe

Trail runner Alicia Christofi-Walshe

Sarah Brady hits the trails

Sarah Brady hits the trails

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From left, trail runners Nora Kennedy, Alicia Christofi-Walshe and Sarah Brady at Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Photo: Frank McGrath.

Potholes full of water have opened up on the trail. She jumps across them, not caring that she is already soaked. One of the joys of trail running for 52-year-old Nora Kennedy is being out in the elements and she wants to feel all of them.

Nora, who works part time in a residential care centre and is mum to a teenage son and daughter, says she’s tried every kind of exercise over the years but never fell in love with any of them. That was until she found trail running.


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