The Clonee 10k is where my story began, that one night training in the park in June 2015 I was hit with a football in the leg, an incident that eventually led to my finding out that I had cancer.
It was two days after being hit with the ball that I lined up for the inaugural Clonee 10k race hosted by the brilliant Dunboyne AC, on the warm up I began to limp and had no idea why. I was aiming for my first sub 40 10k that evening and I was quite confident of hitting my goal, but the limp put everything in doubt. I decided to start the race and if the limp persisted or deteriorated I would stop, I lasted 1.8kms and pulled out, I was flying it but my leg wasn’t right and I didn’t want to jeopardise my main goal of 2015 by worsening a possible injury, my sub three hour attempt planned for that October. I couldn’t believe I had to pull out, I had never had an injury before, it felt really disheartening.
I still have my Garmin details from that race, my DNF, shown below.
It was the first time my girlfriend had come to watch me race and instead of seeing me come flying across the finish line, she saw me return to the finish line in a car after about 10 minutes.
I certainly have unfinished business with the Clonee 10k, it’s where it all began, it’s the race I never got to finish because of the tumor in my leg, because of the cancer, it’s the race that my girlfriend never got to see me finish, her first time watching me race, so I really want to return and finish it, I want to cross that finish line and say that I beat cancer and managed to come back and finish that race, it won’t be a sub 40, but it will be a win in my book!
Well just the other night it finally happened, I saw an ad for the race, the Clonee 10k, June 28th, that’s exactly 11 weeks from today. My heart sunk a bit when I saw it because I’ve been waiting a long long long time to get back there and run it, I wanted to run it in 2016 but couldn’t due to the treatment, I wanted to run it in 2017 but couldn’t because of the severe side effects from the treatment, so I can tell you now that it will take a hell of a lot to stop me running it on the 28th of June. It seemed like such a great course too, flat, fast and scenic!
So on June 28th I plan to go racing and cross that finish line and get to give my girlfriend the hug that I should have been able to in June 2015. I don’t have the courage to register for it just yet, but in time I will. It’s going to be hugely emotional for me that’s for sure.
Bring it on…
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