Roscommon Harriers coach, Sinéad Gannon, explains why running is so important for all aspects of health
Anybody who runs or indeed exercises to any degree will recognise that feeling after a solid workout. You know the one, you have suddenly lost all fear and anxiety and you don’t want to slap your boss, partner, kids or all of the above anymore!
Sinéad Gannon knows that feeling and she spends her sporting week encouraging others to get out and feel it too.
“Roscommon Harriers was set up in 2012. It started off that I was teaching a few fitness classes and a couple of weeks in it was a fine evening, so I decided to bring a couple of women out for a run. Really within a month I had 60 people out running,” said a proud Sinéad.
Sinéad had run at competitive levels at a younger age, but following a horrific double hamstring tear she now runs with a different motivation.
“I run now for me. I don’t run for anybody else. I run for my head, body and my family because I find I’m a better person, better wife and better mother when I get out for my run!”
With increasing stress and body image issues especially amongst younger ages, running can provide a healthy tonic and Sinéad believes the sport is suitable for any level: “We have everyone from your very beginners; if you can’t walk from here to your gate I’ll take you on – I’ll get you running correctly.”
With 100 members, it’s clear to see that running has become increasingly popular in the town with Roscommon Harriers training twice a week around the streets of Roscommon. New members are always welcome and Sinéad says there’s nothing to fear, the group will welcome you with open arms and you’ll be helped every step of the way by a coach who believes a long run “helps put the world to right”.
With a ‘Running Rossies’ race series starting with a 5k on Friday, 13th of May and Sinéad aiming to have 100 runners in the Dublin Marathon in October, now is the perfect time to get up and running!
Call Sinéad Gannon on 087-9215490, check out Roscommon Harriers on Facebook or lace up and get down to the Sacred Heart Church on Abbey Street on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 pm and see why dozens of running Rossies are taking to the streets every week.