Rose of Tralee Clare Kambamettu is all set to lace on her running shoes to take part in the National Lottery Irish Runner 5-Mile road race in the Phoenix Park on July 16.
The 26-year-old from Athy is a regular runner and has kept up her running during a hectic year of Rose-related engagements that included trips to India, Australia and America. She runs an average of 8k, five times a week.
"Running is a great way to see more of the places I visit," she says. "In New York I ran along 5th Avenue and through Central Park and greatly enjoyed the experience. I also find my daily run is a great way of relieving stress or anxiety and it is also ideal for toning up and keeping the pounds off.
"I love my food, especially ice cream, so running helps keep my weight steady. I cannot see a time ahead when I will not be running."
Clare will run the Irish Runner 5 Mile for ISPCC. She trained with ISPCC as a counsellor, dealing with children's and adolescent mental health issues, when she studied in Galway in 2006.
She plans to return to Galway to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology in the autumn. She already has a BA in history and psychology and an MSc in mental health.
Clare has fond childhood memories of taking part in the Community Games in Mosney.
She also ran in this year's Flora Women's Mini-Marathon, finishing in around 50 minutes. Clare began running regularly two years ago: "Once I started to run, I soon discovered the value and the benefits of regular exercise," she says.
The final online entry date for the Irish Runner 5 Mile events is looming (July 1) and entrants are encouraged to register their entry details online as soon as possible at: www.dublinmarathon.ie