Meet The Team

Crusaders Athletic Club, located in Irishtown Stadium, is one of Ireland’s premier athletics clubs. Founded in 1942, the club has enjoyed a rich history in athletic development and success in its distinctive red and white colours.. The ‘Cru’ caters to athletes in a variety of disciplines from juvenile to veteran, novice to elite level, and everything in between.
The club was formed in 1960 and celebrates it's 50th anniverary in 2010. The club uses the local forsetry, roads and the scout centre in the village for training. The club has invested significantly on a 250meter floodlight gritted athletics track, long jump, high jump and shot putt area in recent years. The club currently has around 80members.
James ran to the shops once, now considers himself to be potentially the greatest runner of all time. His journey begins with joining the Run Republic team, and is destined to end at the Olympics!
James graduated from University College Cork with an MSc in Physiotherapy (pre-reg). He also holds a BSc Hons degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences from the University of Limerick. In March 2021, James co-founded The Fit Physios. The Fit Physios is a physiotherapy and online coaching business. The Fit Physios strive to add value to your life through high-quality customer service, led by a science-driven approach, focused on empowering individuals to self-manage their own injuries. James helps educate individuals about their injury/pain and develop therapeutic exercise programs to help kickstart the rehabilitation process. James also has experience working in orthopaedics, geriatrics and with various sporting teams. He is registered with CORU and a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. Outside of his professional career, James has a keen interest in sport and fitness. He plays senior inter-county football with Limerick and with his club St. Senans.
I am Justin Lagat; one Kenyan athlete who doubles up as a freelance sports journalist covering the sport of Running, and a long distance running coach. Kenyan athletes are great runners and I aim to showcase their hard work, self-discipline, training philosophies, and natural talents; and to advocate for a clean sport. Author: I am a long time writer and columnist with RunBlogRun, contributing writer to @Worldathletics, @spikesmag, @simplifaster, @PodiumRunner, @iRunNation, among others. Author of "Determined Runners" and "The 17 Week Marathon Training Program" that Improved My Time from 2:55 to 2:26, among others. I am also passionate about a clean sport.
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I’m a mother of two little darlings, A person who always likes to be active and I’ve had a love of sports from an early age. I love to run, I love to be outdoors and I love animals – in my youth I thought I’d be a Vet, then one evening at a careers convention in my school hall I changed my mind and never looked back! I am a physiotherapist and a Pilates instructor. It was always my goal to combine an interest in physical fitness with a career in a caring profession. I graduated from UCD school of Physiotherapy in 2003, became a Pilates instructor in 2006 and have specailised in Women’s Health since 2007. I worked for many years in The National Maternity Hospital in Dublin and in The Pelvic Floor Centre where I worked with many women through the year of pregnancy. I supported many women through Gynaecological surgery and treated many women with complex pelvic floor dysfunctions affecting bladder, bowel and uterus. I am a learner by nature and have, and still do, spend hours and hours reading and listening and attending courses. My goal in my work is to bring patients from a place where they feel broken, where they feel vulnerable, fragile, sore and afraid, to a place where they feel in control of their body, where they have fearless movement and can really try to do anything that they want to do, free from pain and discomfort and free from the fear of incontinence. Essentially, no matter what the problem, I aim to bring patients from overwhelmed to under control. My pilates classes reflect this. The exercises teach build strength from the inside out. It is restorative movement. I want to bring people who are afraid to move, because they have pain, prolapse or incontinence, to a place where they will have the confidence to head off into the sunset and join any gym, in any town and participate in whatever they feel like, safe in the knowledge that they have built up their strength with me. They know their own bodies, they know their own strategy for lifting, and they know their limits and aren’t afraid to say, “no that exercise isn’t right for me.” And even more so, I want my clients to be able to say yes to things …. ‘Yes I will go for a walk with you!” “Yes I will jump on the trampoline!” “Yes I will go on holiday!” These changes don’t happen overnight, but they do happen and when they do they are wonderful!
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Phil joined the Run Republic team when it was still a concept. A proud Kilkenny man, he was soon exiled from the country as Kilkenny remained the dominant hurling team. His exile to initially China and now Scotland has only emboldens his love of athletics, and his love of Kilkenny. We hope the distance between Phil and Paddy is sufficient for everyone to enjoy their stories.
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Stephen Roche is a Sport and Exercise Scientist (University of Limerick) and Chartered Physiotherapist (University College Cork) from Galway, Ireland. He has a broad range of experience as a physiotherapist in private practice and hospitals in Ireland including working with athletes ranging from new beginners in running and sport to high performing elite athletes. His interest for the health and fitness industry stems back to his roots playing hurling in Galway with his club, Galway intercounty squads and Fitzgibbon Cup teams in UL and UCC. Stephen is the Co-Founder of The Fit Physios- an Online Physiotherapy and Coaching service. The Fit Physios help runners find their path through evidence based advice, education, load management and exercise. He is passionate about finding the balance between pushing the boundaries of training to improve performance without pushing too hard to the point of injury. He has extensive experience and interest in running injuries and enjoys working with people who are making their way back to full fitness. He has a depth of knowledge on performance and injury prevention programs for runners.
World Athletics formerly known as the International Amateur Athletic Federation and International Association of Athletics Federations is the international governing body for the sport of athletics, covering track and field, cross country running, road running, race walking, mountain running, and ultra running.