Experiment 26.2 Group Blogs

25 January 2018

Sarah Scott January 2018 Blog

Are you mad?  You want to do a what? Are your sure about this How about something shorter, you could do a half again?  These are just some of the reactions I got when I told family and friends I wanted to do a marathon, nothing like a bit of support to instil confidence.
Sarah Scott January 2018 Blog
25 January 2018

Andrew Addley January 2018 Blog

I have never been a runner.  My journey started in June last year when my daughter said she would like to start running and asked if I would run with her.  Having spent most of my teenage and adult life playing PlayStation games, my only form of exercise at this point was playing golf (or spoiling a good walk depending on how the round was going!).  So I thought why not go out and get some proper exercise!
Andrew Addley January 2018 Blog
25 January 2018

Lisa Kerr January 2018 Blog

So write a blog they said...well this is all new! With my 40th Birthday fast approaching I thought it would be as good a time as ever to take on the challenge of my first ever marathon.  I applied to be a part of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon’s 26.2 Experiment Group, and to my shock and surprise I was accepted.  Gulp!
Lisa Kerr January 2018 Blog
25 January 2018

Paddy Kearney January 2018 Blog

My running journey began around 2013.  I was unfit, lazy, a recently quit smoker, and having celebrated the birth of my first child the year earlier, knew I needed to find a new hobby.   
Paddy Kearney January 2018 Blog
25 January 2018

Karen Fullerton January 2018 Blog

I’ve entered a few competitions on Facebook over the years.  Win a holiday, win a car, win a spa break, win a meal for two.  Never won.  Not a thing.  Nada. So as I sat on my sofa, mug of steaming coffee in hand, aimlessly scrolling through my timeline, clicking on a post to be in with a chance to win a place on the ‘Experiment 26.2 Group’, didn’t seem like a big deal.
Karen Fullerton January 2018 Blog
25 January 2018

Mick Hall January 2018 Blog

My running journey began in February 2016 as a 47 year old male of average fitness.  My wife Sandra was about to start the couch to 5Km group which was being held in Ward Park Bangor.  I went along to keep her company and see what it was all about.
Mick Hall January 2018 Blog
25 January 2018

Matthew Stubberfield January 2018 Blog

Just to introduce myself, my name is Matthew Stubberfield, I am currently a university student studying for a BA Honours degree in Liberal Arts with PE.  I also am a part time employee of Translink based in the Contact Centre.
Matthew Stubberfield January 2018 Blog
24 January 2018

Gareth Fullerton January 2018 Blog

It’s one thing signing up to do your first marathon, it is another thing actually going ahead and doing it!  That dawn of reality hit me last week when I met up with the other Experiment 26.2 Group members at Jungle NI.  It is a daunting proposition running a marathon, especially when you are approaching 41 years of age.
Gareth Fullerton January 2018 Blog
24 January 2018

Rachel Savage January 2018 Blog

The marathon journey begins!  Having dabbled with running over the years, I trained three to four times a week and completed by first half marathon in 2014.  Running was then put on the back burner as we helped our daughter Éirinn recover from a car crash and I became her full-time carer in the world of spinal cord injury rehabilitation.
Rachel Savage January 2018 Blog
24 January 2018

Daniel McAlinden January 2018 Blog

Well here goes, things have just started getting real.  Since first meeting with the Experiment 26.2 Group last week, reality is starting to kick in and I’m realising now that it’s time for me to get into gear and start training again.  After a prolonged Christmas break and a serious bout of the flu I am in quite possibly the worst shape I have ever been in!  Sure why would I ever make things easy on myself….
Daniel McAlinden January 2018 Blog
24 January 2018

Neil Darragh January 2018 Blog

At the time of writing my first blog for the Experiment 26.2 Group, it is 15 weeks until I will stand at the start line of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon.  That's 105 days, 14 hours, 37 minutes and 30 seconds to be precise, but who’s counting?!
Neil Darragh January 2018 Blog
23 January 2018

Rebekah Mercer January 2018 Blog

I can’t quite believe I’m even sitting down to write this… me running a marathon?!  That is honestly something I never thought I would be saying! I’ve never been described as ‘sporty’ in my life and was one of the people at school who opted for the ‘walking group’ in PE, but somehow I’ve ended up as part of the Experiment 26.2 Group, running a marathon in around 15 weeks!
Rebekah Mercer January 2018 Blog
23 January 2018

Karen Dunlop-Wainwright January 2018 Blog

Looking back and going forward… I know it’s not always good to look back, but on this occasion I thought it would be nice to start off my blog by reflecting on what has brought me to this point and my decision to sign up for the Experiment 26.2 Group in my bid to run a full marathon!
Karen Dunlop-Wainwright January 2018 Blog
23 January 2018

Erin Savage January 2018 Blog

My name’s Erin, I’m 35 years old and a mum of two.  I’ve spent the majority of my life firmly believing that you should only ever run if you’re being chased, however after the birth of my daughter I decided to try the Couch to 5k Programme in order to lose some weight.
Erin Savage January 2018 Blog
23 January 2018

Charlene Corbett January 2018 Blog

Well, let me introduce myself.. I'm Charley Corbett, I'm 37 and I live in Ballymoney Co. Antrim. Two years ago I FINALLY achieved my goal weight (losing 3 stone) after changing my whole lifestyle from the previous year! In order to maintain my weight...I decided to take up running . My brother is a decent runner, as was my grandfather and older brother too. It must be in the DNA...right?
Charlene Corbett January 2018 Blog
23 January 2018

Catriona McErlean January 2018 Blog

Right folks – here goes… my first blog post as part of our Experiment 26.2 experience. It’s safe to say that the reality has certainly kicked in at this stage, but first off, here’s a little bit about me and my running background so far…
Catriona McErlean January 2018 Blog