Runner Profile:  Connor Magill

Next up in our ‘Runner Profile’ series is a man that we have watched progress considerably over the last few years.  A man that like us, lives and breathes running.  He is 29 year old, Connor Magill from Lurgan.  My first ever encounter with Connor was at the Cookstown Half Marathon in 2009, he passed me with 2-3 miles to go.  That night, I checked the results and didn’t recognise his name!  Things have changed quite a bit since then!

Connor is coached by Matt Shields (North Belfast Harriers) and is well known for his dedication to training and love of running, he is often the first man onto the track and the perfect example of hard work paying off.

Full Name: Connor Magill

Current Category: Male Open

Associated Club: North Belfast Harriers

Personal Bests: 800m – 2:04, 3k – 8.50, 5k – 14:58, 5 miles – 26:24, 10k – 31:44, 10 miles – 55:03, Half Marathon – 1:10:07, Marathon – 2:47:01


Favorite Northern Ireland event?  My favourite event would have to be both the Junior and Senior Cross-Country Championships.

When do you start running?  I started running in the summer of 2008.

Why do you run?  There are a million reasons why I run but I’ll only list a few, I love the freedom on the open road, it’s the only time I get totally to myself, with a big family and a full time job.  I also love my food and with the training I get to eat what I like when I like but the main reason is I love racing against other runners and the feel good factor after a hard race.

What is your next race and what do you want from it?  Hopefully the Seeley Cup and I’m hoping to get under 31 minutes, which has been a goal of mine for a long time.

What is your favourite training ‘session’?  I love the speed sessions, my favourite over all would be 20 x 400m!  Some people may think I’m mad but I always found the short, fast sessions suit me better!!!

What is your favourite pre-race and post-race meals?  For me, it has to be porridge and an apple for before a race as it’s light and full of carbs, post-race would have to be nuts and mackerel as both are full of protein, which aids my recovery.

What is your running ambition?  My aim as a runner is always to try my best, keep improving and hopefully someday run a sub 30 minute 10k, I’d also love to run for my country but my main ambition is to run sub 2:25 marathon some-day.

What other sports do you like?  I like football, tennis and darts.  I love a nice Sunday with sport on all day, it’s great for taking my mind off running for a few hours!