With the 2019 Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon just days away (June 2), organisers are encouraging those taking part to make the most of some last-minute advice and tips being offered by professionals at the official Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon Expo, which takes on Saturday June 1 at Cork City Hall from 12pm.
The Expo features specialists focusing on all elements of athletics and the marathon journey from nutrition, physiotherapy and psychology to yoga and wellness, to name but a few topics. In between talks, those in attendance will have an opportunity to peruse a variety of stands including John Buckley Sports, the Edge, Step Forward Ireland, the Dublin Marathon, the East Cork Harbour Marathon, Meet the IECCM Pacers, Athletics Ireland Cork, Lifeway Kefir, the Irish Heart Foundation, the Sanctuary Runners and, for those feeling a little drained at the thought of the marathon, a much-needed caffeine station!
While registration for all race categories – full, half, team relay and youth challenge – is taking place in the Civic Offices of Cork City Hall from 10am-8pm, the Expo will be taking place in the adjoining Cork City Hall Concert Hall.
First off the blocks at this year’s Expo, will be John Phelan of LifeFitPhysio. John has several qualifications under his belt including a National Certificate in Exercise and Fitness, BSc Nutritional Science and MSc Physiotherapy. He is registered in dry needling and has a special interest in chronic pain, back pain, cycling injury rehab and is currently the physiotherapist for the Irish Masters Hockey Team. John will be discussing a number of topics with attendees such as: nutrition and injury; nutrition and recovery/sleep; and nutrition and performance.
Next to step up to the microphone will be sports psychologist, Jess Lawton. A native of Youghal in East Cork, Jess is currently a sports performance coach with Cork City Football Club. Those in attendance during Jess’s presentation will warm up their minds and learn some coping mechanisms to break through the mental pain barrier which can affect many athletes during their 42km race. This year, organisers have introduced a new concept on race day. Aidan Hogan, the 2019 race ambassador, will be out on the course running to and fro to encourage and advise anyone who might be struggling. As a veteran pacer and Athletics Ireland’s Ultra Athlete 2019, there’s very little Aidan doesn’t know about running. At the Expo, Aidan will share some of that knowledge, giving advice on last-minute preparations and what to do (and what not to do) during and after the race.
Aislinn Cambridge, from Little Island but living in Ballincollig, is a nutritional therapy practitioner, wellness specialist, author, and Ireland’s self-titled ‘Minister for Happiness’. Aislinn has experience in a variety of matters from physical and mental health to sports nutrition and personal training. Aislinn’s presentation at the Expo is titled ‘Ready, Run, Recover’ and will include the following topics: hHealth hacks to get you from start to finish line and beyond; nutrition tips and tricks to get you ready for the race, support you on the run and help you recover faster; ‘making health a habit' which will cover breathing, water, nutrition, healing and the importance of sleep.
Audrey Ellard Walsh will wrap up the Expo with a yoga session. A former journalist, Audrey took up yoga five years ago to manage migraines and work stress, and it wasn’t long before she was completely hooked. Audrey found huge physical and mental benefits from practicing yoga and wanted to share this passion with others; which is what spurred her on to become a yoga teacher. Audrey’s presentation is titled ‘Yoga for the marathon of life’ and will feature tips and tricks for runners of all distances including a yoga for runners stretching sequence; ideal for warming up or cooling down. There will also be a relaxing guided meditation session to help calm the nerves before race day, and still the mind after.