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Thursday 23 November 2017

Retro runner John has world bid at his feet

John Fulham with current World 1,500m Retro Running Champion and Donegal born Garret Doherty.
John Fulham with current World 1,500m Retro Running Champion and Donegal born Garret Doherty.

DROGHEDA-born runner John Fulham will be travelling to Italy to represent his native Ireland in the forthcoming fifth World Retro Championships.

But this is running with a twist - it's all backwards!

He'll compete in the 5k and 10k distances. John currently lives in Dunfermline, Scotland and is a seasoned club marathon runner with Carnegie Harriers though took up retro running (backward running) seven months ago after an injury sustained shortly after completing the Loch Ness Marathon.

'In a nutshell, backward running is a great way to work all your leg muscles and more importantly creates a gentler foot strike and burns off 30% more calories than forward running. And yes, you will get strange looks,' he admits.

Drogheda Independent

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