Harriers coach wins Rock ‘n’ Run Idol
Roscommon Harriers coach Sinéad Gannon was announced as the winner of the ‘Rock ‘n’ Run Idol’ competition earlier this week and will take part in the Las Vegas leg of the event in November.
Sinéad spoke to the Roscommon People on Tuesday after receiving word she had seen off stiff competition from Dublin candidate Keith Kelly by a mere 206 votes.
“It’s surreal and I’m still in a state of shock to think a woman from Roscommon can win such a big competition. It’s such an international event with over 30 countries taking part in the ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ series. It came down to the final two and I was up against a Dub and at last, the Rossies beat the Dubs!”
Sinéad will also take part in the Dublin event in August before jetting off to the Vegas strip later in the year with husband Frank.
“I don’t give him too much credit but he’s due an awful lot of credit because, as my mother always said: ‘Behind every good woman there’s an even better man’ and that’s true in my case. I volunteer an awful lot with the running club and we’ve two kids as well in a busy household and he takes the slack while also working a 48-hour week himself,” she said.
As well as running in Dublin and Las Vegas at night, Sinéad will also appear on the cover of Irish Runner magazine with fellow finalist Keith Kelly. She said none of it would have been possible without the support of people from right across Roscommon and further afield.
“As a juvenile athlete I remember looking up to Sonia O’Sullivan and others and thinking I might get there someday but with injuries it just never happened. I never thought I’d get to be on the cover of Irish Runner magazine.
“Everyone was behind me, Roscommon people get behind their own of course also the GAA including local clubs and Diarmuid Murtagh and Niall Kilroy as well as the success of the Roscommon Harriers 10 Mile event meant that runners who took part also supported me. I had great support from Longford and the ‘Lust for Life’ Facebook page too,” concluded a chuffed Sinéad last Tuesday.