Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Adventure Racing’

Great little video of Achill Roar Adventure Race from this year. Brilliant event, definitely recommended for anyone thinking of adventure racing in 2015!

Read Full Post »

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 starting line. Dingle, the second race in the series, was therefore where I’d find out if my training had really worked.

Testing out my biking skills on Dingle Adventure Race. Courtesy of Action Photography.

Testing out my biking skills on Dingle Adventure Race. Courtesy of Action Photography.

The Dingle Adventure Race is a 48km course around Kerry’s Dingle Peninsula. Starting on road bikes, the race route takes you up and over Conor Pass, ascending and descending 480 metres on narrow, windy roads until you reach Cloghane village after 25km of cycling. There the bikes are dumped and you set off for a 10km hike of Brandon Mountain. From sea level, you climb a steep rocky 950 metres to the top, descending via a gentle grass slope to Bally Braic. Then it’s a 10.5km road run back to Dingle, where boats await for a 2km kayak near the marina. And if you’ve not cramped or sunk by then, the race ends with a 1km road run back into Dingle village and the ultimate finish line.

Read more…

Read Full Post »

It’s that time of the year when Ireland’s Outsider Magazine puts together its People of the Year list. It’s their chance to celebrate those that have done incredible things on the Irish outdoor scene in 2013.

POTY_2013_Logo_1

This year has an incredible line-up:

Calvin Torrans (71) who continues to push the boundaries of Irish climbing – despite having smashed both his ankles in a fall two years ago.

Galway girl Katie McAnena (26), who became the first woman to surf the Jaws, the infamously gargantuan wave in Hawaii.

Henry Tindal (29) who cycled 28,800km solo from Ireland to Australia. He crossed Europe, Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Southeast Asia, seven Indonesian islands and East Timor on the way.

Liam Delahunty (35) who was diagnosed with MS eight years ago and in 2013 set himself the challenge of completing 24 adventure races in 18 months.

And then there’s little old me…

Read more…

Read Full Post »

I promised myself that, once I’d delivered, I’d get properly fit again. I even decided that I would enlist the help of a professional to get me in proper shape.

Looking to train for the likes of the Killarney Adventure Race.

Looking to train for the likes of the Killarney Adventure Race.

The first thing I had to decide was what I wanted to be fit for.

Read more

Read Full Post »

2012 was quite a year. A little over 12 months ago, I was living and working in Cambodia. I visited Burma for a week in February, getting to run around the famous Bagan Temples and the capital Yangoon’s streets. In early March I was off to Thailand to compete in the River Kwai Adventure Race. A bit of trail running in Hong Kong in late March prepared me to run Spain’s Camino de Santiago in April and into May. In June I was in Africa, doing dusty early morning runs in Tanzania before work. And by July, I was back in Cambodia, packing up my belongings for wherever my next adventures would take me.

Quick break in my jog between Burma's temples of Bagan.

Quick break in my jog between Burma’s temples of Bagan.

By July, I was also tired of travelling. So I was glad to head back to Ireland, where I was born, for a hint of normality. And though my travels were less, I still managed to fit in Ireland’s longest and toughest adventure race, the 36 hour Beast of Ballyhoura at the start of August.

Read more

Read Full Post »

“We have to go out fast”, our team leader said. We all agreed. Looking around the room, there was some serious competition. Not only had Irish team “Get No Sleep” turned up, but there was a group of foreigners in our midst. They had to be good if they were sponsored by Salomon and had travelled all the way from Denmark just to race.

Night biking during CCAR’s Raid in the Sperrin Mountains.

We were in Northern Ireland’s Sperrin Mountains for CCAR’s Raid, a 24 hour adventure race on the cusp of winter time. We were prepared for 13 hours of darkness and wet, boggy mountains. We were even ready for the clocks going back by an hour in the middle of the night to mark the official beginning of winter.

Read more…

Read Full Post »

I grew up in the north of Ireland and was born in the remote region of County Donegal. So when I saw a 65km adventure race advertised 30 minutes from my birthplace, I couldn’t help but register.

Me in my blue North Face jacket running down the trail from Urris lakes.

The race was run by Extreme North, a new adventure racing company based on Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula. They have seen the potential of this remote part of Ireland, with its rolling hills, rugged coastline, and stunning, un-spoilt scenery. They have also seen the country’s rise in interest in long distances multi-sport races, with the likes of Gaelforce, Causeway Adventure Racing Series, and the WAR races becoming more and more popular.

It was wet, windy, cold, and generally miserable when I arrived at the race start. The weather only added to my apprehension. I’d never done an individual multi-sport race before. And to make matters worse, I’d never raced on a road bike before. In fact, I had just borrowed my bike from Peter Crommie, my Beast of Ballyhoura team-mate and owner of Roe Valley Cycles in local Limavady.

Read more…

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »