Barefoot Running Technique Phase1Colm O'Maille Fitness are running an 8 session course in Galway addressing 'Proper running technique' The sessions start on August 24th at the new running track in Westside, Galway and cost €40 for the whole course.

The course is suitable for all levels and addresses a series of important issues which often tend to induce poor running form in order to better help peoples training.

  • Heel Striking
  • Curvature of the spine & Clenching of fists
  • Feet turning out
  • Learn to Prevent Injuries
  • Run further for longer
  • 4 week course just €40

Signup to the course via Facebook

Colm is a Personal Trainer based in Galway who specialises in circuit training, kettlebells and running groups. Follow Colm on Twitter at or on Facebook at O'Maille Fitness


Free returns with PayPal Refund ReturnsPayPal has launched Refund Returns, a new service that refunds you the return delivery costs on eligible online purchases. That means you can try our a new pair of Vibram Fivefingers and return them for free! The scheme is in a pilot stage, currently limited to purchases made between now and July 31st, 2015 according to the official programme conditions

At a glance - what you need to know

To be eligible, all you need do is to opt into the free service by activating it on your PayPal account

Activate FREE returns

  • For returns, you can claim a refund on the portal within 14 days 
  • Provide basic information and shipping receipts.
  • Your PayPal will be credited within 5 working days of approval.
  • Once its approved, you can be reimbursed costs up to €30
  • Customers can get up to six refunds until July 31st, 2015. [Edit: Extended to 31st December, 2016!]
  • Only one refund is allowed per PayPal transaction ID.

Detailed terms & conditions available here

Discount Vibram Fivefingers while stocks last With our new styles coming in stock very soon we're clearing out some space with out end of season sale. All of the styles in our special sale area are discounted with some massive final discounts on end of line stock. It's a great opportunity to grab youself a bargain pair of Vibram Fivefingers.

Though fully stocked at time of posting, it won't last forever and styles and sizes are limited to what we have so jump right in and get your bargain pair as soon as possible.

We will also have some exciting new styles coming online in the next few weeks so check back regularly for the all new range for summer 2015.

Delivery is still just €10 anywhere in Ireland!










Back2barefoot2015The second ever Back2Barefoot race takes place in the beautiful and quiet country village of Kilmaine, Co. Mayo on Sunday March 29th, 2015. This is an officially measured, AAI approved road race. The course is mostly flat so if you are looking to achieve a personal best in an officially tracked and timed 10km event this is a great opportunity for you.

  • Entry fee of €20 includes chip timing, t-shirt, and refreshments after the event.
  • Prizes for barefoot* and non-barefoot runners.
  • Check out the course map on MapMyRun
  • Official charity is the Jack and Jill foundation 
  • Start Elevation 38m
  • Max. Elevation 48m
  • Gain 33m 
  • Follow the race on Facebook
  • Register at RunIreland

Signup at RunIreland

*Barefoot is classed as anyone running in Vibram Fivefingers or any other minimalist, zero drop shoe or who is actually running barefoot.

Probably best I give you some background to this article first. I started running in February 2010, like most people do; I put on the runners I had around the house, a pair of shorts a t-shirt and just went running. After some advice from other runners and a coach I slowed down and started to improve my aerobic fitness, so I could run longer distances. In May the same year I completed my first half marathon. I was feeling really good about my running abilities, so I decided to start marathon training, but got an injury in my left shin. With rest and a different pair of runners it went away, never to return. Thanks to that injury I had to back out of the Auckland marathon.

That experience didn’t deter me though and I started training for a marathon in April 2011, the Connemarathon no less! Training went well, but I started getting hamstring issues and that interrupted my training to the extent that I missed some of my long runs. The marathon itself was excellent and the first half of the race went really well. Then the first real hill came along and I had to walk, with hamstring pain, and did a run/walk/run from there on, especially on the last hill (mountain) called “The Hell of the West”. I managed to build up my speed going up to and over the line, but I was in pain. It was mainly my right glutes and the top of my hamstring.

The Cork News: Interview by Maria Tracey

Owen Loughrey, Midleton, 36 - The Barefoot Runner

"The run I love doing the most is Ballyannan Woods. When I leave the house, I’m into a mile before I’m into the forest... well, it’s a ‘Midleton-sized’ forest! It’s a five-mile route, and perfect to bring my Beagle, Gromit on. When we got him as a pup, running was the only thing that would tire him out, otherwise he would have torn the place apart!

The forest is covered with brambles and there are some slippy and slidey parts, but you are surrounded by nature. During winter, I have a head light on, and you really have to have all your senses about you - feeling the ground and hearing the movement of trees. Of course, you get dirty and wet but there is nothing better than coming back covered in mud with twigs sticking between your toes. When I go out in the spring, I’m disappointed if I don’t have a few daisies lodged during the run!

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