No.27: 60 Seconds with Harrier Timmy Crowe

Another great club man. Always available to help the team in the National league and in Euro clubs: “What do you need and sure go on!” attitude, so if it’s the killer 400 hurdles, a 400 flat, relay or a 110 hurdles Timmy’s your man.

Bio: Name Timmy Crowe. Started the sport for a day off school almost 12 years ago now. Took almost all that time to run faster than my dad (Tim) but still don’t have the national medals he has (9)

What age did you take up the sport of athletics and why? I started quite young really but I never was good under age. I was 2nd sub on my local club in Clare relay. I possible didn’t even look at the track from the age 10-16 when I finally filled out a bit and grew a few inches. Then in 4th year of school everyone was taking the day off to go to the North Munsters so I joined in somehow winning the 400h and coming 3rd in munster schools. That winter I ran an 800 in the multi events and ran 2mins flat. I decided to do a bit of running with Liam O’Hora in Limerick and I ended up 2nd in munster schools (Tom Barr was 3rd) and 2nd in the Irish schools 400h. At this stage I decided I would pack in playing GAA and train for athletics . I then at 17 went to world indoors with fellow Harrier (Brian Gregan) and world juniors that summer and the rest is history.

When and why did you join Clonliffe Harriers? Upon moving to Dublin I was training with John Shields. For the first year in DCU I was still with Dooneen AC in limerick. I had then started training in Morton Stadium on Harrier times slots. I honestly found everything about the club amazing from Joe Cooper’s BIG smile to the history of the track. From day one I felt welcome even though I wasn’t a member. I had always remembered the Harriers from been younger going to watch nationals with dad before heading to Croke Park to watch all Ireland semi and finals. So really it was an easy move for me to make.

What is your favourite training workout? 2x30m flys 🙂 But really I Love 10x200m off 90s as you always know your working hard. I would have to also put up in 6×300 also is a brilliant session.

And your least favourite? 3×450… 🙁

What’s your favourite race / athletics meet? Morton Games of course but outside that it has to be IFAM Oordegem. The day of the meet is just amazing its what athletics is all about. Kids from all over Europe just coming to run fast no matter was the level everyone is there to do the best they can and no one cares if u are a 60s 400 runner or a 44s

What is your most cherished or proudest moment in athletics? (as athlete and/or coach) Walking out into the O2 Prague 20,000 people European 4×400 final and the first two faces I see are my parents and feeling so relaxed over it.

What was your worst injury – and how did you get over it? Achilles., I had to take 8 months off running and still struggling to get back in shape after.

(For a coach or seasoned athlete) What piece of advice would you give an aspiring athlete? Simply… Have fun. Make memories and train hard. you get one change to make it to the top and you will enjoy the ride so much more if you make the memories

Do you have any memorable or funny story from Clonliffe Harriers that you could share? (the censorship board may review!) If you had come to any of the European team champs you will know the stories but I will refer from telling on you Niall Counihan…

What’s your favourite meal? For competition ( chicken Rice Pesto) Outside competition (chicken wrapped in bacon stuffed with mash and gravy)

Who is your sporting ‘hero’? (athletics or other) Irish Shane Lowry ( what an amazing guy) Feargal Quinn also outside sport International David Beckham

What’s your favourite…? Film any Harry Potter. Song or Album higher love (james Vincent mcmorrow) Book ( pome if)

What’s your favourite holiday destination? South of Italy

What’s your favourite hobby / activity outside athletics? GAA. I have moved into coaching with my club and Wexford seniors this year. But outside sports I love business all types you might of guessed if you know me/… Follow tailor and blue coffee Co. 😉

If you were Seb Coe what changes would you implement to improve our sport? Life time ban for drug cheats. Larger world tour for athletics bring it to more cities and countries

How would your non-athlete friends describe you? (in 3 words) Strict on time

What is your next running / athletics goal? (whenever normality returns!) Have fun and run fast if I can make another Irish cap all the better

How are you motivating yourself to continue training at these difficult times? Good team mates

Timmy at 2017 European Clubs Track & Field, Lieria
Euro clubs, 2019, Helsinki