Going Green at Gaelforce West Adventure Race 2014

The alarm went off at 4am. I felt sick. Not just the normal “sick with nerves before a race”. It was a nauseous feeling, a feeling that something wasn’t completely right with the body. I wondered if I should even get up and get the bus to the starting line. You shouldn’t race if you … Continue reading Going Green at Gaelforce West Adventure Race 2014

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Going Good at Donegal’s Gaelforce North Adventure Race

There’s nothing like a race on home turf. So when I saw that the next race in the Adventure Race Series was up in County Donegal, I definitely planned on entering. Gaelforce North's course goes through parts of the county I’d not been to in 20 years. It starts with a 15km run through Glenveagh … Continue reading Going Good at Donegal’s Gaelforce North Adventure Race

Pipped at the Post at Dingle Adventure Race

Saturday’s Dingle Adventure Race was the first test of my winter training regime. Last year, I decided I’d give the National Adventure Series a go this season. Four races need to be completed out of nine. Waterford Adventure Race in May was my original season opener. But a bad cough prevented me from reaching the … Continue reading Pipped at the Post at Dingle Adventure Race

The Battle of the Handbags/Bumbags at the Circuit of Brockagh

Long mountain races don’t attract many women. So I wasn’t surprised when I was the only lady registering for the noontime start of the Circuit of Brockagh race. The race promised 28 kilometres over three mountains with 1,372 metres of climb. Even the men were far and few between, put off by the apparent distances … Continue reading The Battle of the Handbags/Bumbags at the Circuit of Brockagh

The Glacial Lakes Race – Three steps forward, two short steps back

I’ve always wanted to run the Glacial Lakes race since its inception in 2012. This year, I was finally in the right place at the right time, and was able to put in an entry. IMRA’s Glacial Lake event is a 43km race with 1,783 metres of ups and downs. It is primarily designed for … Continue reading The Glacial Lakes Race – Three steps forward, two short steps back

The ‘Fun’ Buncrana Duathlon

“Ah sure, it’ll be a bit of fun”. Fun? I never would have attached the word ‘fun’ to the term ‘duathlon’. But apparently that’s what my coach thought the duathlon would be. A bit of fun. At his behest, I had entered the duathlon up north in Donegal’s Buncrana. It was a sprint event with … Continue reading The ‘Fun’ Buncrana Duathlon

Irish Mountain Running and the Fountain of Youth

It had been nearly 18 months since my last IMRA race. In the interim time, a baby and a move to Northern Ireland had put pay to my mountain racing days. But then Mick Hanney started posting pictures on Facebook. They were of rocks and mountains and muck and puddles. There were views from descents … Continue reading Irish Mountain Running and the Fountain of Youth