Furlongs take on the miles in Waterside Half Marathon

first_imgLike all mothers with children off working and at university, Kate Furlong just loves to see the family getting together at everyopportunity. But for the Furlongs from Inishowen, it’s a case of ‘the family thattrains together, stays together’ as six of the family of eight havesigned up en masse for this year’s Waterside Half Marathon.Kate, her husband Alan and four daughters, Orlaith, Leonie, Maria andAlannah, will all be at the starting line on September 3rd when over2,000 runners take on the annual challenge which is one of Ireland’smost popular running events. And despite the blisters, the Greencastle family are all lookingforward to taking on the challenge together, and have found that beingpart of Team Furlong has been a real motivator, as well as generatinga bit of healthy competition.All the family enjoy a wide range of sporting activities, from GAA tobasketball, but mum Kate’s passion for running must now be in thegenes as she explained.“I’ve been running since I was at school and I’ve always reallyenjoyed it,” she revealed. “I’ve done a number of half marathons nowbut I’m really looking forward to this one with so many of us gettinginvolved.“My husband Alan came to running a bit late – he took it up when hewas getting past the age for hurling and needed to find anotheractivity to stay fit. All the girls have been active in sports overthe years, especially through school and the GAA. Leonie was a bigGaelic player and played for the county, as did Orlaith, who was alsointo soccer and basketball. Alannah did athletics and swimming, andshe took up the running about a year and a half ago. Maria has beenrunning since primary school with Inishowen Athletics. “The only two members of the family who aren’t taking part in the racethis year are Elaine, who is nursing in England, and Iona – she’s only15 so will be too young to take part. But she’s already done a 5k raceand is just waiting in the wings for her chance to join in.”Each of the family has been working to a personal training schedule,running together when they get the chance, and all are benefittingfrom professional nutrition advice from daughter Orlaith.“The only issue with the training is that we’re all in differentlocations so we have all joined Map My Run and we can see each other’sprogress which is a great incentive,” Kate explained.“If you see someone’s been out putting in the miles it kind of forcesyou to get out for a run as well. We’re all at different levels aswell, so we do most of our runs on our own. But myself and Maria andAlan will go out for a long run once a week together which we reallyenjoy. And diet is also a major part of it – Orlaith is a nutritionistso she’s been giving us advice on what’s best to eat during trainingand building up to the half marathon as well.”Husband Alan might not have been running as long as his wife, but he’sbeen making up for lost time taking on both marathons and halfmarathons in recent years. “When I decided it was time to give up the hurling I was told thatrunning would be lower impact but it certainly doesn’t feel like itafter running a marathon. I also took it up as a way of getting out ofthe house on my own – but unfortunately the girls seem to havefollowed me,” he jokes.“I’ve done a few marathons and half marathons now and I’ve also donethe Great North Run, which is particularly challenging. I don’t thinkKate was too happy with me as I signed her up for it this year as abirthday present – so we will be heading over to complete that justthe week after the Waterside Half Marathon.“I actually really enjoy the Derry races as there is such brilliantsupport from the crowd, it really spurs people on. And I’m a big fanof the new course which takes in the bridges, it’s a bit morechallenging.“This year will be particularly enjoyable taking part with the family.In terms of who would be most competitive among us I would say that’sOrlaith. I remember when I did my first marathon Orlaith was reallyannoyed as she wanted to take part with me, and sure enough thefollowing year she trained up and we ran the whole marathon side byside.” If you’ve been inspired by the Furlongs then entries are still beingtaken for the Waterside Half Marathon up until Monday August 14thwww.derrystrabane.com/halfmarathon. The race will leave from EbringtonSquare at 10am on Sunday, September 3rd, the route crosses the riverto the cityside taking in local parks, bridges and greenways beforefinishing at St Columb’s Park.Caption:The Furlong family from Greencastle who will be taking part in thisyear’s Waterside Half Marathon on Sunday, 3rd September, 2017. MumKate, dad Alan and daughters Maria (28), Orlaith (24) and Alannah(21). Missing from photo is Leonie.Furlongs take on the miles in Waterside Half Marathon was last modified: August 9th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalFurlongGreencastleWaterside Half-Marathonlast_img

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