In the second instalment of our new Mini Interview feature we sat down with determined young participant, Meghan Ryan, as she looks forward to her sixth Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon.
Why do you run in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon?
To improve my time over 10km, it’s a great, high-profile event to do so.
How many times have you ran in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon?
Who are you running on behalf of?
Dundrum South Dublin A.C.
What is the importance of races like the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon for you?
To get a chance to compete against the top senior distance athletes in Ireland.
When do you start preparing for the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon?
I run all year round but my summer training program starts in March, and the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon is a big event in my calendar.
Do you have a pre-race routine?
Yes, I do a 10 minute warm up followed by drills and strides.
What is your hope for this year’s Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon?
I came 16th last year and this year I want to run it in under 38 minutes, and place in the top 15.
How do you define a ‘successful’ Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon?
When I have improved on my performance from the year before and enjoyed the day.
What do you admire about the people who take part in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon?
I admire the dedication that it takes to raise money for a charity while pushing yourself to be fit enough to complete the event.
Who do you think is going to win the 2015 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon?
I reckon my club mate Maria McCambridge has a good chance!
The 2015 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon will take place on Monday 1st of June with registration opening in early 2015. For further information visit www.Facebook/vhiwomensminimarathon. Follow us on Twitter @VhiWmm.