Question time with Eoin

Off the Ball presenter Eoin McDevitt is preparing to do this year’s Great Ethiopian Run for Concern Worldwide. He will be joining a winning team alongside Olympic medallist John Treacy.

Eoin has been working on Off the Ball since 2002 and in that time the show has become one of Ireland’s most popular national programmes. We’re delighted that he is supporting Concern in Africa’s biggest road race. We caught up with him to find out what motivated him to do the Great Ethiopian Run. Here’s what he had to say.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about the event?

A: I always like the last few minutes before the start of any race. Based on everything I’ve heard about the unique atmosphere created by the Great Ethiopian Run, I’m expecting those moments just before the start in Addis Ababa to be pretty special. Also, it’s not every day you get to run a race with an Olympic silver medallist – you’re going down Treacy!

Q: Are you an avid runner?

A: I’ve run four marathons in the last four years, each time trying and failing to break the mythical three hours 30 minutes barrier. The low point of my running career came at mile 21 of the Edinburgh marathon when I was passed by a man in a life-sized banana costume. 

Q: What do you know about Concern?

A: I know Concern puts in a huge amount of work trying to improve the lives of people living in some of the poorest areas in the world. I’m looking forward to seeing how that works on the ground when I travel over to Ethiopia in November. 

Q: Why do you think people should join you at this event?

A: If you’re looking for a clear focus for your training, you couldn’t do much better than aiming for the biggest road race in Africa. It will also give you a great opportunity to see the sort of work that is being done on the back of your fundraising efforts.

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