Last, but not least, in the 2020 Fast10 is Irish middle distance runner Ellie Hartnett. Here’s a quick Q&A with the runner and physiotherapist.


Name: Ellie Hartnett
Age: 27
Hometown: Originally from Greystones, now living in Clontarf
Club: UCD AC
Main discipline: 1500m/800m
Other disciplines: 3k, 5k road race
Full-time athlete/work/studying: Working- Physiotherapist

Goals or targets for 2020

National indoor and outdoor medal in the 1500m

Past Running highlights

Representing my country at under age track and field and at u23 Euro Cross
Winning silver medal in the 2019 National Indoor 1500m, winning silver in 2017 indoor 1500m and a bronze in the National outdoor 1500m.
Pace making at prestigious events such as the Morton Games and the Indoor Grand Prix
Setting a new pb in the 5k on the road of 16.43
Winning the Intervarsity road relays three times setting a course record in the process.

Interesting or fun facts

My full name is Eleanor but that’s only reserved for when I’m in trouble.
If I wasn’t a Physio I would have like to be a primary school teacher.
I have two dogs , one called Buffy and one called Emily (much to the annoyance of my friend .. Emily) I didn’t name her my brother did!

I run because…

It makes me happy. I love working hard and seeing the results of the hard work come to fruition. I love the way running has the power to connect people from all over the country and the world. Many of my best friends I initially met in running and we have been friends ever since

Favourite training session

Split 1500m workouts when you’re feeling fit and ready to race. Adding up your times and being able to predict what this will equate to in a race scenario.

Least favourite training session

Tempos. I have a love hate relationship with these as they are probably one of my better types of sessions however I do dread these long hard efforts in the winter when it is just you, your watch, the wind and the rain.

Favourite pre-race food

I am normally not in any way picky about what I eat on a day to day basis and love variety. However race day is probably the only day I keep it incredibly regimented. Since I was about 12 I have had half a tuna sandwich, half a banana and half a Nutrigrain- plus how did I forget a nice strong americano

Favourite post-race food

I love all food but my favourite food to have post race would be something Italian- pizza or pasta!

Favourite running shoes

I love new balance. For easy runs I wear the 880s. They’re super comfy without feeling heavy

Brands or organisations that support me

My work(Dublin Sports Clinic) support me on a continual basis allowing me to take time out from work to train/ go on warm weather camp and cover for me whenever I’m racing. They also provide me with my strength and conditioning programming along with UCD. UCD supported me during my college years on a financial bonus system and I have continued to represent them at a club level ever since I graduated in 2015.

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