Joan vows to train even harder after winning her age category in Cork City Marathon

Joan Ennis, Grange/Fermoy AC pushing through the pain and crossing the finish line at the 11th Cork City Marathon, finishing 3rd in the women’s category in a time of 3:07:32. (Pic Darragh Kane)

Joan Ennis, a member of Grange Fermoy AC, finished an impressive 3rd in the ladies section at Sunday’s Cork City Marathon and first in the over 50 ladies age category, but has vowed to train harder to improve on her finishing time.

Joan told The Avondhu this week that despite running a great race, she wasn’t happy with her time.

“I’ll definitely change my training a bit. I was very disappointed with my time as I had run faster in the past. I’ll take a break now from training for a few days and then I’ll train even harder to improve.”


The nurse and mother of three children balances her shifts at St Stephen’s Glanmire and family life, to get in at least 50 miles per week as part of her training schedule.

Joan won the masters event in the Dublin marathon back in 2015 and has already entered this year’s event which takes place in October.

“I’ll put together a 16 week training programme ahead of the Dublin marathon and I hope to break the three hour mark. That’s my goal now. Each session will be specific to help me with my speed and endurance and hopefully I get the result I want.”