Clare Ryan – MONDAY & THURSDAY 10.30 – 11.30am ( 8 weeks )

(Commences 17th September, 2018)

This ‘couch to 5k’ running course is for the complete beginner, or maybe a lapsed runner who would like to try again. Over the eight weeks, runners will complete a twice weekly run/walk programme with an experienced coach who will provide lots of technique tips along the way to keep you injury free and enjoying it.


Each class follows a different route around the local area; the course is extremely friendly and sociable and finishes with a 5km parkrun in Cabinteely park. No previous fitness or running experience is required.

The tutor, Clare Ryan, retrained as a fitness instructor in 2014 after developing a strong interest in many aspects of health and fitness in her twenties. This led her to complete a BSc in Exercise and Health Fitness in 2018 from the University of Limerick, part of which encompassed her qualifications as a fitness instructor, personal trainer, older adult specialist, wellness coach and Pilates instructor. She is also qualified through Athletics Ireland as a running coach.

Clare is a keen runner, particularly long distance running, and her love of the sport has taken her to compete in numerous marathons (NYC, Prague, Dublin) and ultramarathons, culminating in her winning the Achill Ultramarathon in 2016.

Clare recognises the holistic nature of fitness: no one activity should be done in isolation and hence her interest in Pilates grew – which she also teaches in Cabinteely Adult Education. Pilates works on strength and flexibility and keeps the body in the condition necessary for running long distances.

Her work is very varied, from running coaching to Pilates, bootcamps and personal training, which means she gets to meet lots of new people in a variety of settings. Her classes are challenging but they are also fun as Clare acknowledges that most people stick with their fitness programmes when they enjoy them.