Rene Borg joins MST

Posted in The Sweat by Matt Ward on Mon 07 Sep '09

© Al Tye / fell running pictures

At Snowdon 2009, in Danish colours!

After Moire set sail to south Asia for a spell our Irish feed has been down – until now that is! We wanted someone with, wit, style and creative juice to fill the lil’ Irish girls’ mountain shoes, and we think that we have found a suitable replacement…

I discovered mountain running about 4 years back and promptly got injured! Still the experience stuck with me and in my first year I competed in a 47 races, promptly getting injured again! This way I learned about racing and training the hard way and became fanatically devoted to every detail of competing in this sport.

© Rene Borg

Rene, on the hill...

While I’d consider myself a decent enough hill runner, I’m probably more known here in Ireland for my activities outside the races. I’ve worked as the webmaster of IMRA for a number of years and also as secretary of the association this year. I’ve directed several races and recently got my chance at route designing successfully running the “Devil’s Glen” trail race, which was basically sharing one of my favourite training runs and easily one of the highlights of the year.

Some also know me for my Blog where I write about anything running and hill-running related and obsess about the latest gadgets, equipment, and training methods. Most of all it chronicles a vain dream of one day wearing the Danish jersey at a major mountain running competition. This keeps me running 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and when not running reading a library worth of books on running (I do have a family before you ask!). Next weekend I’m attending the first part of the “Fell and Mountain Running Level 2” course in Yorkshire and hope to take on a training group after that.

© www.imra.ie

My personal highlights were a 5th place in the 2008 Wicklow Way Trail as well as competing abroad in the Snowdon and Three-Peaks races. Looking into the far future, I want to make the permanent shift to competing on the marathon and ultra-distances both on and off the roads in Ireland and abroad. This year was a bit of a transition year for me, having to rebuild the body from some pretty bad overuse injuries and opting for a more patient approach to training, so 2010 looks really exciting and I certainly expect to have plenty of material to share on MST.

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  1. Jason Kehoe Sep 7, 03:06 PM

    Moire certainly knows how to pick ‘em!

    Good luck Rene!

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