Learning the ‘trick’ to the 6 Hour Rogaine

Ireland’s Annual Rogaine is one of this country’s best kept secrets. Every year, Setanta Orienteers hosts this race deep in the Wicklow Mountains on the weekend closest to the summer solstice. I’ve entered this race twice before, in 2007 and 2008. On my last outing, my partner Andrew and I were subjected to the worst weather … Continue reading Learning the ‘trick’ to the 6 Hour Rogaine

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Failing to Respect the Denis Rankin Round

I was ready to go. I had spent months preparing for the day. I had recced the entire ninety-kilometre route during the dismal winter we had, when snow and glacial winds battered the Mourne Mountains. Returning from each run, I meticulously marked up my map with compass bearings. I had developed lists of food, drink, … Continue reading Failing to Respect the Denis Rankin Round

Quest Wales Adventure Race

Last weekend’s Quest Wales Adventure Race was a great excuse for a quick holiday break away. All it took was a speedy ferry ride from Dublin to Holyhead and, in less than an hour, I was in Betws-y-Coed in the heart of Snowdonia, race HQ for the weekend. Wales is a brilliant place for anyone … Continue reading Quest Wales Adventure Race

Women Run Strong in Scotland

Yesterday, more than three hundred women of all shapes and sizes, of differing motivations and abilities, congregated in the picturesque Scottish town of Crieff. They had entered the ‘Women Run Strong’ event, an annual ladies-only running event with a difference. What awaited them was a mouth-watering spread of activities. First up, they were greeted at … Continue reading Women Run Strong in Scotland

Bump, Bike and Baby Review Tour

Finally, after months of waiting, today Bump, Bike and Baby - Mummy's Gone Adventure Racing was born! This week, an amazing array of wonderful bloggers reviewed the book in advance of its release. "She makes me want to be a better athlete." Find out what the fabulous Lauren Thomas from GirlRunningLate really thought of Bump, … Continue reading Bump, Bike and Baby Review Tour

New Book: Bump, Bike and Baby – Mummy’s Gone Adventure Racing

I'm ridiculously excited to announce that my new book, Bump, Bike and Baby - Mummy's Gone Adventure Racing is going to be released on 15 March 2018. It charts my journey from happy, carefree mountain runner to reluctant, stay-at-home mother of two. During this time, I entered Ireland's National Adventure Race Series to try and maintain my … Continue reading New Book: Bump, Bike and Baby – Mummy’s Gone Adventure Racing

Third Time Lucky at Westport Sea2Summit

This was my third time entering Westport Sea2Summit’s Adventure Race. In 2014, I came third. In 2016, I placed second. This year I wondered if, third time around, I could do one better again. My preparation for the race was less than ideal. Sea2Summit takes place in November, right at the very end of the … Continue reading Third Time Lucky at Westport Sea2Summit