Moire O’Sullivan is a mountain runner and adventure racer. She is married to Pete and is mum to their two amazing boys. In between having her children, Moire won Ireland’s National Adventure Racing Series in 2014, 2016 and 2017. She is regular podium finisher at adventure races all around Ireland, such as Quest Killarney, Quest Glendalough, Dingle Adventure Race, Gaelforce West, and Westport Sea2Summit.
If you want an idea of what adventure racing is all about, in 2014, Channel 4 produced this stunning video of the Helly Hansen Killarney Adventure Race (now known as Quest Killarney) that I took part in:
Moire O’Sullivan is a carefree mountain runner with zero interest in children. Unfortunately, she has promised her husband they’ll start a family. Can she maintain her sanity when faced with baby massage classes and travel-buggy systems? Can she win Ireland’s National Adventure Race Series and still learn to become a loving (and occasionally functioning) mummy?
“A honest, humorous and insightful account into the challenges of bringing children into the world while continuing to live the life of an athlete. A must-read for mums who run.” Sonia O’Sullivan, Olympic medallist.
“A winning journey through pregnancy, motherhood and mountains. You can’t stop until you get to the end.” Jasmin Paris, Champion Fell Runner.
Available to buy from Amazon and all good bookshops.
Read the reviews from the recent blog tour here.
Mud, Sweat and Tears – An Irish Woman’s Journey of Self-Discovery (2011)
In July 2008, Moire O’Sullivan made a solo attempt on the Wicklow Round, a gruelling endurance run spanning a hundred kilometres over twenty six of Ireland’s remotest mountain peaks. After twenty one and a half hours she collapsed, two summits from the end. Battered and bruised, yet undeterred, she returned a year later to become the first person ever to complete the Round in less than twenty four hours.“Mud, Sweat, and Tears” is the first book to tell one woman’s story about her passion for mountain running, a passion that has brought her to the heights of some of Ireland’s most impressive mountains and to the depths of her own human limitations.
“Inspiring stuff: an awe-inspiring tale of guts, passion and pig-headed refusal to surrender.” Richard Askwith, Author of Feet in the Clouds.
Available to buy from Amazon.
Moire previously worked for international aid agencies throughout Africa and South-East Asia. She has run in various places throughout the world, including Australia, Bali, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Hong Kong, Kenya, Laos, Myanmar / Burma, Nepal, New Zealand, Spain, Singapore, South Korea, Tanzania, Thailand, USA, and Vietnam. Though she tried to run in Afghanistan, security staff forbid it.
She now lives in Rostrevor, Northern Ireland, at the foot of the Mourne Mountains.
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