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22 February 2024   |   10k, Half Marathon, Marathon   |   

2023 Dublin Competition winner Niamh O’Driscoll is heading to the 2024 London Marathon!

Niamh O’Driscoll, the winner of the 2023 Dublin Competition, is set to run the 2024 London Marathon! After completing her first Abbott World Marathon Major in New York, Niamh is now preparing for her second star at the London Marathon after winning our exclusive competition at the Dublin Marathon Expo last October. We caught up with Niamh to delve into her running journey and to find out how she caught the running bug.

How do you feel about winning the 2024 London Marathon prize with Sports Tours International?

I never win anything, and this prize is just unbelievable. It’s given me a push to keep running, especially after completing the New York Marathon. Timing-wise, it couldn’t have been more perfect. Running is so much easier when you have a clear goal ahead of you.

Why did you start running marathons and how many have you completed?

I’ve been running for a year and a half, my whole family are runners, I couldn’t help but be influenced by their passion. The experience of running the New York Marathon with my loved ones was truly unforgettable, crossing the finish line was a proud moment.

Who inspires you to keep running and stay motivated?

My Mother, she is an unbelievable runner, she’s never stopped, despite looking after me and my siblings. She’s my true motivation, and I see how much running has helped her, this is how I know running holds so much more than just the physical benefits. She approaches her 50th this year, she continues to surpass expectations, running faster than ever before!

 

What does your London marathon training look like?

Although it’s an Abbott World Marathon Major, I’m not trying to beat my first marathon time, I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself just because it’s another big event. I think this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy myself and soak up the atmosphere. This is my second week of dedicated training. I’ve been using a running coach @tos_the_movement_project, he sends me all my own personalised plans, if anyone’s looking for a coach, I’d highly recommend.

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