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The Great Island Race Preview with TWT



1d37472f-00d5-4ce5-a196-7afe6d0325c6With most running events now encouraging mass participation, it’s great to see so many people getting involved, whether it be by walking, pushing a buggy or just jogging along at their own pace.

One of the great success stories over the last number of years has been the funds raised for the Irish Cancer Society through the efforts of organizers and supporters of The Great Island 10 Mile Road Race.

While the 10mile distance requires a fair amount of preparation in terms of training, the addition of a 4mile event on the same day now gives the more casual exerciser a chance to play their part in raising funds for a cause that, sadly, every family can relate to.

Anyone taking on either of the distances for the first time will experience a mix of emotions that most runners feel before setting out on their journey. Nerves, excitement, fear and plenty more besides will probably fill your head as the clock ticks closer to the off.

Channeling these feelings into positive thoughts is the key to enjoying the day itself. Take confidence from the preparation you have went through. Think about the effect your recent training has had on your overall health, all the hard work that has went into becoming a physically and mentally stronger person.

Last year you might have been the person cheering on the participants as they reached the finish line, marveling at the efforts of others and doubting if you could ever do the same yourself. Twelve months on and it’s you who will be the one running to the line while the crowd roar you home, but just before you start celebrating, its best to make sure you are fully prepared.

The practical advice suggested for race debutants is more common sense than ground-breaking.

– Avoid any clothing or footwear that you haven’t already worn while running.

– Eat a breakfast which consists of energy providing foods (cereal, oats or porridge with fruit is ideal)

– Drink an adequate amount of water (400-600ml) in advance (up to 2hrs beforehand) and avoid energy or sports drinks which are high in sugar

– Try not to get carried away with the early pace in the race. The energy you conserve in the opening stages will be of great use as the finish line approaches. Start slow, don’t worry about what others are doing around you and you’ll be the one finishing fast.

– Enjoy it! Less fortunate people would love to run but for various reasons, including injury and illness, are unable. You’re running because you can, not because you have to.

From a personal view, I’ve had a less than ideal start to the running year, with a few too many coughs and colds holding up my training. I have, however, managed to regain some consistency over the last number of weeks and following a decent seasonal re-appearance in the Ballycotton 10, I’m aiming high for a sub sixty minute finish in the 10 Mile event.

I’m really excited to be joined on the day by a number of my TWT clients, some of whom will take on the 4Mile race after only recently taking up running, while some of our more experienced runners take on the 10Mile event.

I wish each and everyone taking part the very best and encourage the people of The Great Island to come out and support this very popular event which raises funds for such a worthy cause.

See you on the road!

Train with Trevor, a sub three-hour marathon runner and fully qualified personal trainer, helping people of all abilities to increase activity levels, achieve fitness and enhance performance

To ensure you get the very best out of your life by achieving an optimum level of health and fitness, please feel free to contact me on 086-7368906 or email

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