Barney McCarthy

Name: Barney McCarthy

What is your occupation? Financial journalist. I’m the editor of a trade magazine for mortgage professionals and I work in St Leonards on the North Shore.

Running age group? M20-29

Do you have family? I married Claire in September 2010. My parents and sister live in the UK.

How long have you been a Woody? Since May 2010, when I moved to Australia from the UK.

Do you run on Tuesday night/TNT/Saturday morning? I’m a regular at TNT and try to get to the Saturday morning runs as much as possible, but it usually depends how hungover I am!

Why do you enjoy running? I find it really relaxing to lace up my trainers and get away from the world for an hour or so. I was a keen athlete at school, but drifted away from the sport at university. I started running again about four years ago and joined a club back in the UK in 2009, so I’ve started taking it more seriously since then.

What is your favourite running distance/course/event and why? Half marathon is my favourite distance. I do enjoy 10Ks and marathons too, but the former can be too quick and the latter are too taxing to do too often. My favourite race in the UK was the Brighton scenic course, with a great, carnival atmosphere.

What has been your running highlight? Running 3:03 at the Brighton Marathon in the UK in April and being part of the winning team at the Brentwood Half Marathon in March.

Any lowlights (injury etc)? Nothing particularly bad really, just the usual stress fracture and plantar fasciitis problems that blight all us runners!

What was the last race you went in and how did you go? Run for Life – 107th out of 6,761 in 38:20.

Anything funny/unusual ever happened to you while you have been out running? I had a back spasm when I was out running last year and had to rely on a kind-hearted motorist to give me a lift home – I was in agony and I couldn’t stand upright. I was about five kilometres from home with no money on me, so it would have been a long crawl home were it not for the good Samaritan!

What other sports/hobbies are you involved in? I like to watch and play soccer (I hate having to call it that). I’m also a bit of a muso and love going to gigs and clubs.

Favourite food/beverage? Thai, washed down with a Hahn Super Dry. I also love French white wine like Sancerre and Meursault.

If you could have dinner with anyone who would it be and why? Haile Gebreselassie so he could tell me how he runs so fast.

Where would your ideal holiday be? I’ve always wanted to go to South America and Brazil in particular.

Thanks Barney for sharing! Seems like you’re shaving those minutes off your time quick! – Editor


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