[Published 13 April 2016]
Helen Walsh is in Aprés Run – Fit4Life, Senior Women section of the club and is on the Togher AC Committee. Helen is a member since 2012.
Personal Best: Toronto Marathon 3.49; Cardiff Half Marathon 1.43
Proudest Moment: Toronto Marathon
Coach: Frank Doherty and Aidan Hartnett
How long have you been running? About 9 years
What are the events you do? Anything from 5km to full Marathon. Half marathons are my favourite.
What’s your main goal for this year? I hope to run Dublin Marathon in under 3.45.
Most memorable race. It was in Sydney Australian Marathon, 2014. I was at the 26th mile; I was rounding the corner of Circular Quay with Sydney Opera house (the finish) in my sights. It was turning into a glorious day in spite of the rain that fell earlier. I stopped suddenly. There was a teenager on the wall where I stopped. She urged me to keep going as the finish line was just around the corner. I just remember feeling so completely happy to have got to that point in 4hrs flat, in one of the most famous landscapes in the world. I finished in 4.02.
I have to make an honourable mention to coming second in the counties in the Women’s Novice team this year. That was special.
What do you like most about Togher AC? It’s not just about finishing times and PBs. It is also about fun and participation. We were delighted to represent Togher AC in the women’s events in the counties. The cherry on top was to come 2nd in the Novice and 3rd in the Masters but I stress it’s not about winning.
In 5 years’ time, athletics wise, where do you see yourself? I hope to be still running and enjoying it as much as I do now.
Do you have a favourite sports hero? Dan Carter, not only is he an amazing rugby player but he is absolutely gorgeous 😉
Favourite drink, film & food? Brandy and ginger ale, ‘The Princess Bride’ and flaky pastries.