CLONTARF’S Mick Clohisey is in confident mood as he prepares for his first World Championships as a marathon runner in London early next month.
The Rio Olympian has endured a rough 12 months as illness has affected his performance both at the Olympics and in London earlier this year and disrupted the momentum he had been building.
“I was in Portugal for two weeks focusing on my longer runs and practicing my drinks strategies for the marathon,” Clohisey told GazetteSport.
“I did a half marathon in Swansea about three weeks ago that went quite well and I had a good run over ten miles in Roscommon last week as well. I’m happy with my current form and looking forward to it.”
This time last year, the Raheny Shamrock club man was in the midst of a disastrous training camp for the Rio Olympics where, in part down to over-training, he picked up a virus on the eve of competition.
Struggling to eat the entire week of the race, Clohisey wound up losing weight when he should have been taking energy on board and was in neither the mental nor physical state to compete.
Impressively, Clohisey managed to complete the full course, although a 103rd place finish fell well short of the objectives he’d set himself and he wound up bitterly disappointed.
He has taken a different approach this year and forced himself to moderate his workload, running only one full marathon before the Worlds as opposed to three.
“I ran London in April last year and I ran Seville but I’d done Berlin the previous September.
“That was because of qualification that I had to go out and run Seville in February to try and cement my place because there was four of us and only three could get the spot.
“This year, I actually ran London just to try and run a fast time, a personal best, but it didn’t go to plan. I felt a bit sick leading into it so I had to ‘grind it out’ as they say.
“I actually qualified for the Worlds from my time in Seville last year – that’s what actually stood to me in the end – because my last two marathons haven’t exactly gone to plan.
“It’s a tough one as I’ve never run a World Championships. Obviously, it’s likely to be very hot, seeing as it’s August in London
“I’d like to maybe be in the top ten Europeans. If it’s going to plan, I’d like to run a fast time and a personal best.”
Clohisey will be in the Phoenix Park on as an ambassador for the Spar FitLive 5/10k run on Saturday (www.fitlive.ie), which is open to all regardless of experience.
“It’s good as it’s got a 5k and a 10k so it’s nice for people who are maybe new to running and only want to run the 5k and people with a bit more experience can run the 10k.
“There’s a kids race after it as well so it’s a family event and a good addition to the calendar.”