Mark’s Blog (Rose of Tralee 10km)

After nearly 9 months of no racing due to a few set backs, I finally got a bit of uninterrupted and solid training in. So last Sunday, August 20th, I took a trip down to Kerry to race in the Rose of Tralee 10km.

It was a wet and windy start to the morning but by the time I had my warm up done, the rain was clearing. As it was my first race in a while and I wanted to get a positive experience out of it. I decided to turn off my GPS and run on how I felt.

The course had a bit of everything. There was some nice flat running, a few long pulls and a few twists and bends. I won the race in a time of 30.38 and I was happy with the way I felt for my first race back.

The John Buckley Sports Cork City 10 Miler is when I plan to race next. It will take place on the Saturday September 9th at 6pm. It takes in the Marina, Lough Mahon and the old railway line, so a nice fast, flat one. An excellent preview can be seen here: and you can enter online at