Northern Ireland update

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  1. Darkand Chapter Presidents
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    Hey hey, so figured I'd better check in here as I haven't been on here in a while. Things have been crazy busy and I've plenty to update you guys on.
    We've all mainly been resting up after our last few runs.
    Two of us (Simon and myself) ran the Belfast Half marathon in late September. We went out to just enjoy the run and raise some awareness of barefooting. It went great! We spoke with loads of people on the way round. One of those people was a local TV journalist who is also in to his running. He gave us a quick interview as we (and he) ran and he gave us a mention on his local feed.
    We also got an interview at the end with a local paper who did a small piece on us. All great publicity.

    Then in October four of us ran popular road and beach race at the foot of the Mourne mountains. Lots of running clubs and athletics society bigwigs in attendance. We ran, we chatted, we schmoosed with the big wigs and raised our profile as barefooters.
    Again, good times!

    A few other noteworthy mentions.
    We got a mention in a popular travel blog/race report online from my run at the Titanic 25k (see below)

    http://www.thewholeworldisaplayground.com/belfast-titanic-quarter-25k-26-extreme/

    This got us quite a few follows on Facebook and twitter.

    And then last month, a local barefooter and musician, by the name of Dave Thompson, gave a TED talk on barefoot running. A very witty, clever and informative talk that will have have done wonders for raising the profile of barefooters in NI. See the talk below :)



    Dave, quite honourably, gives Simon, myself and Barefoot Running NI a mention at the end of his talk. He told the crowd there was a small group of runners out there now in NI, completing runs Barefoot, that two of us had just run the Belfast half marathon and that it was just a matter of time before one of us completed a full marathon.
    Tim Khanna here replied "challenge accepted!"
    As a result Tim, Simon and myself and entered the Belfast marathon in May. We're confident for a three man finish!

    We may also have a few minimalist runners taking on the marathon relay this year too. Yet to materialise but I'm confident this will happen.

    We've also had contact from a few running clubs re heading over and giving a talk/masterclass on Barefoot running. This has gotten the ball rolling on getting qualified as a Barefoot running instructor. There are a few courses coming up in London, run by Vivo Barefoot's Lee Saxby, and I (and maybe Simon) have plans to get booked in, get over and get qualified. It's pricey enough so I'm curently pulling the funds together. Once qualified I'm hoping we can really take off as a running club. Get formally registered, hire a venue once a week and give some coaching to interested individuals and clubs.

    Anyway just a check in to let you guys know Barefoot running is still very much alive in Northern Ireland and will hopefully be expanding in the months to come.

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    Very cool! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. crapnurse23 Barefooters

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    Great story and some great photos -getting there one inch at a time !
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    Thanks guys.
    Crapnurse23, where abouts are you? Belfast area? I noticed you on here before but without a profile pic and thought you were one of our other members (sorry). You should come down to one of our runs. Great to share technique, stories and just run with other barefooters!
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    I am the one getting the strange looks around castlereagh !
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    Lol, ah the looks and comments are great. There's a great thread on here dedicated to just that. :)
    Glad you found us!
    Are you on twitter or facebook? If so follow us on there. I'm under "Barefoot Runnin" on facebook and we have a Barefoot Running NI page on there too.
    Or if you're twitter I'm under "Barefoot Andy". Again we've a Barefoot Running NI page on there too.
    We post any training runs or meets on there in order to try to reach more people and try to encourage more people to try it.
    If not, I'll be sure to keep this page much more up to date.
    There's 6 of us at present, with two other barefooters who I'm also hoping will make it down soon.
    It'd be great if you could make one of our runs and meet everyone. How long have you been barefooting?
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    Nice to have you posting here, crapnurse. Hello.

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  8. crapnurse23 Barefooters

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    Sorry have disowned all social media(was doing me head in !)have been minimalist /barefooting for 4.5 years now !and yes will have to meet for a run !
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    I have your report on the home page. Again, thanks for sharing! :barefoot:

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