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Donegal Marathon Workshops and Information Sessions

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A series of workshops for those training for the Donegal half and full Marathon will take place in the coming weeks. Organised in conjunction with the Donegal Sports Partnership, the workshops will help runners of all levels prepare for this year’s Donegal Marathon on Sunday, 21st August.


Taking place in three locations across the county, the workshops will include expert advice for every class of runner; from first-time marathon runners to seasoned athletes. The sessions  will cover key issues facing runners including practical demonstrations and advice on warm ups, cool downs, stretching, pacing, the use of heart rate monitors,  hydration, optimal food for training,  foam rolling and rehab from minor injuries.


Attendees on the night will get the opportunity to learn from experts in their field. Speakers include former international athlete Paul McKee, nutritionist Thérèse Laverty and Chartered Physiotherapist Lorraine Boyce. Paul McKee is a former international athlete who has represented Ireland many times in international competition. He was a member of the Irish 4 x 400 metre relay team at the Sydney Olympics and has also represented Northern Ireland in the Commonwealth Games. 


Thérèse Laverty has a vast amount of experience supporting individual athletes in boxing, athletics, football, Gaelic games, triathlon, swimming and golf, as well as working with a range of teams including the Donegal Senior hurlers and footballers and Finn Harps FC. During the workshop, Thérèse will focus on the basics of nutrition, offering simple and practical tips to benefit all runners, from elite athletes to recreational runners.


Lorraine Boyce is a Chartered Physiotherapist with her own practice in Letterkenny. A keen sports woman, Lorraine will offer invaluable information around stretching techniques, foam rolling and why prevention is better than cure.


Encouraging runners of all levels to attend the workshops, Coordinator with The Sports Partnership, and Donegal Marathon Committee member, Myles Sweeney said: “We held a number of these workshops last year and received excellent feedback from those in attendance, so it made sense to host them again this year. People found the sessions really useful and left with practical advice on everything from training plans, to the type of food they should be eating, ways to avoid injury, tips on increasing stamina and mental toughness and the importance of rest days.”


“We’re four months out from the Donegal Marathon, so whether you’re planning on running the full or half marathon, now is the time to be getting the information you need to ensure you have a smooth race day. There will also be an opportunity for a Q&A, but places are limited so early booking is advised.” 


Early bird registration fees are now available for the 2016 Donegal Marathon and competitors can book via or by downloading the registration form. The early bird fee for the Donegal Full Marathon is €44 and for the Half Marathon, the early bird rate is €29. Early Bird rates will close at midnight on Tuesday, 31st May 2016. 


For more information on the Donegal Marathon workshops, contact Myles Sweeney, Donegal Sports Partnership on [email protected] or 074 9116707. 


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