“A Significant Number Of Women Walk The Event”


Last night.

Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge on RTÉ 1.

The Times Ireland Edition editor Richard Oakley attempted to lift the LID off the jar of TRUTH behind women’s long distance running events in Ireland.

Mr Oakley, who has stewarded women’s half marathons, claimed that many participants preferred to WALK even though they looked perfectly capable of JOGGING.

The claims were made to the eye-popping incredulity of fellow panellists Dr Ciara Kelly and Stefanie Preissner.

This could run and walk amiably run.


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54 thoughts on ““A Significant Number Of Women Walk The Event”

      1. Kdoc1

        Exactly. The effort that goes in to preparing for a marathon is colossal. A normal healthy person could complete 5k without any training at all.

        1. Janet, I ate my avatar

          I think the clue is in the word healthy
          out of shape has become the norm and acceptable almost
          a little more truth and calling a spade a spade and a 5k just that would be a step in the right direction
          9 weeks to get to 5k is in my humble opinion ridiculous
          I’ll get you ( beginner) to that in 2 weeks comfortable injury free

      2. Spaghetti Hoop

        Anytime I did the Women’s 10K I referred to it as a fun run / charity run. Most women doing it mixed it with jogging, walking briskly and strolling. Good old craic. Some people take these events WAY too seriously!

        1. Janet, I ate my avatar

          exactly and if you are a serious runner you are not really going to pick this race even as a training exercise unless you are sneakily trying to convert all your friends to running too so you can at last have someone to talk about dead toenails too etc

          1. Janet, I ate my avatar

            wait till I get on to chaffing and fun vaseline tips
            and the ” ginger bread man ” stories
            that’s code *

          2. Janet, I ate my avatar

            ah you haven’t lived till you’ve shat yourself in front of 1000’s of Parisiennes ;)

  1. Janet, I ate my avatar

    there’s a cut off time to be considered a finisher
    but for some people that’s not the motivation
    and that’s thier prerogative
    that’s why there are different starting groups based on ability
    what a dope

  2. dylad

    There may be some truth in that. Men wouldn’t do that, because they can find the time to shirk their responsibilities and spend weekends and evenings running obsessively.

  3. Donal

    I had no idea who he was when I flicked to this channel, not being able to not see him as a younger David Quinn I disliked him, had to check the guide to find out his name to stop disliking him!

  4. Kdoc1

    Save for an elite group, the women’s 10k (so-called mini marathon) is merely a social occasion and a bit of craic. It’s also a strategy to raise funds for the charity industry.

    1. Murtles

      And yet when men go to the trouble of donning wigs, skirts and fake boobs to run it, they don’t even get a medal at the end. For shame.
      *adjusts stockings

  5. Fact Checker

    Of course it is a fantastic event which does great things for fitness and all-round health and wellbeing.

    I would say (having watched a few) that about a third of participants walk some or all of the event.

      1. Janet, I ate my avatar

        ah and here was me thinking we could spend a leisurely afternoon comparing stats
        I guess it wasn’t mentioned to be
        Did you find the remote? ;)

  6. alatriste kid jensen

    Richie didn’t do himself any favours. he came across as a bit of an eejit, the sort of middle aged man who goes rock climbing , hiking etc and looks down on others.

  7. rotide

    Love that you can see the outrage form on yer wans face. The guy is correct of course, but lets not let that get in the way of a good pitchforking.

      1. rotide

        “we mollycoddle ourselves as adults and don’t push ourselves enough”

        That’s the opening statement of this video (it would be nice to have more context but there’s enough here). He qualifies it by using the example of C25k, which last time i checked was completely gender neutral. He makes a good argument to back up his hypothesis. He then gives another weaker example of the WMM, This also backs up his hypothesis. If you take from this that he’s trying to ‘belittle women’ then you spend far too much time on twitter.

      2. Janet, I ate my avatar

        I don’t think he was belittling more like thinking they underestimate thier capabilities
        he put it badly for sure

  8. Gorev Mahagut

    Oakely’s point is that unless people are being competitive then they aren’t healthy. This is an attempt to impose the values of vulture capitalism into the sphere of personal bodily autonomy.
    Some men love competitive sports. Until they wreck a knee or a hip. Then they stop competing age 30 and get fat. They spend the rest of their lives going to matches, drinking too much and roaring racist abuse at young athletes before informing us all that women shouldn’t play rugby “I just doesn’t sit right with me”. Oakley’s misogyny is an essential part of the package. He is an ass. Sport is not healthy, it isn’t supposed to be.
    The strollers at the mini marathon have the right idea.

    1. Papa P

      “Sport is not healthy, it isn’t supposed to be.”

      Do you tell yourself this as you lay on the sofa gorging down yet another tube of Pringles?

  9. Iseult

    This is a kind of snobbery
    I’ve done the Womens Mini-Marathon 3 times
    I brisk-walked it every time – my asthma is well-controlled but sustained running kicks off an attack after a while.
    So I exercise at a less-intensive level.
    Point is, I do it. Better that then watching it on the tellybox parked onna sofa

    Not all of us are athletically built

    1. Janet, I ate my avatar

      well done for working within your capabilities, that is to be admired.
      I think know his point badly put is that people congratulate themselves when they are capable of so much more and should push for more
      that an unhealthy body has become the norm and people think they are unaware of what a beautiful machine they are letting rust in the garage

  10. Iseult

    I get that – and I can certainly stand to get more exercise in
    I think, however, that shame is the worst motivator of all…

    1. Janet, I ate my avatar

      yep I’d be more focused on the posative possibilities too,
      he had a good message that he expressed badly

  11. jimmey_russell

    This is rape, there is no other word for it, he needs to be sacked from whatever job he has and viciously assaulted as soon as possible. Thousands of men have been emboldened and radicalized by this and are assaulting women as we speak.

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