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“Oh shit”, I thought. The grating noise just didn’t sound good. I looked down. My back wheel was making a really unhealthy sound each time I turned the pedal. This was not what I planned as I left my bike at Kate Kearney’s Cottage the night before the 70km Killarney Adventure Race. I poked and prodded at different metal bits for several minutes before concluding there was nothing I could do. “It could be just a bit of mud stuck from the day’s ceaseless rain”, I thought. “Or something much more serious”. I would just have to wait until the race to see.

Setting off on the 35km bike from Kate Kearney's Cottage to Muckross Lake. Photo courtesy of Marek Hajdasz.

Setting off on the 35km bike from Kate Kearney’s Cottage to Muckross Lake. Photo courtesy of Marek Hajdasz.

My rear wheel dilemma was made all the more stressful knowing who I was up against. Fiona Meade had entered the race, the 2014 National Road Racing Champion who had beaten me by over 20 minutes in last year’s Sea to Summit Adventure Race. Though Killarney’s course is well known to favour mountain runners, I couldn’t lose too much time on the second stage, a 35km cycle from Kate Kearney’s to Muckross Lake. A banjaxed wheel would be enough to hand Fiona the race.

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I may be Irish, but I’m not at all a fan of the Irish weather.

My favourite Craft Top that got me through the Stone Cross-Lug Relay. Photo courtesy of Mick Hanney.

My favourite Craft Top that got me through the Stone Cross-Lug Relay. Photo courtesy of Mick Hanney.

In fact, if you want me to be going anywhere near any of Ireland’s cold and wet mountains, I need to be fully dressed, preferably lathered in a long-sleeved top. As a result, I’ve gone through my fair share of running tops, everything from Helly Hansen to Craft, from Salomon to Patagonia. Here’s a comparison of what’s out there for ensuring maximum coverage of body, neck and arms. I guarantee the cold and wet will never catch you in these!

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