Upcoming Events

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    SCAR 2017

    October 21
  2. Sea2Summit

    Sea 2 Summit

    November 11
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    Gaelforce – Dublin

    February 17, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  4. TheRace.ie Donegal

    The Race – Donegal

    March 2, 2018 - March 4, 2018
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    Quest – Kenmare

    March 10, 2018

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The Race – Donegal

By | March 2nd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

THE RACE: 250 KILOMETERS 24 HOURS. The Race is a 250 km unsupported endurance event across the rugged landscape of North West Donegal. To finish competitors have to complete 15km of kayaking, 166km of cycling, 5km of mountain running and 64km of road and trail running. It is the ultimate 24 hour test of endurance. North [...]

Sea 2 Summit

By | November 11th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

S2S EVENT INFO Westport Sea 2 Summit takes place on Saturday 11th November. The adventure race is a unique event based in the adventure capital of Ireland, Westport. The race incorporates all the thrills that Westport has to offer; Croagh Patrick, Clew Bay, the Sheaffry Mountains and the new Greenway. Westport Sea2Summit is organised and run [...]

SCAR 2017

By | October 21st, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

SCAR stands for Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race. Our Multi-discipline adventure race takes place in and around the breathtaking beauty and rugged environs of Skibbereen, Castletownshend, Lough Hyne and the wild Atlantic coastline that defines this stunning part of West Cork and Ireland. However, there is one important factor that differentiates SCAR from any other event – [...]

Ann Horan’s Toughest Quest

By | October 12th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Earlier this week I bumped into a jubilant podium placer in the Ladies Expert Race in Quest Killarney, Ann Horan. She had just come in third in the longest of  the courses. Previous to that, we briefly met after Quest Achill where Ann placed fourth. She seemed in extra high spirits this time around and as [...]

The COALFACE

By | September 23rd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

This is a single day adventure duathlon race. Based in a former coal mine you will be running and cycling up to four sections, combining running trail, forest track, hills and an abandoned open cast mine. The cycle sections are on sealed tarmac roads of varying quality, from primary roads to quiet country lanes. With a [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Barry Dempsey

By | September 21st, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The likelihood is that you have come across our next Competitor to go under the Spotlight. And the likelihood is that he will have had his camera out making the most of the awesome scenery. But don't mistake him for a photographer, this year he completed his 7th GaelForce West. He doesn't do things by [...]

Quest Achill – Race Review

By | September 11th, 2017|Categories: Race Review|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Wild Atlantic Way showed its power and force this weekend as over a 1000 competitors headed for Quest Achill. Due to severe winds the kayaking section had to unfortunately be cancelled but it didn't take away from the race as there was now a new unscheduled obstacle to overcome... No matter which route you [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Bernard Smyth

By | September 6th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This weeks Competitor Spotlight is about a man who has an awesome job. Part of this job is getting people in tip top shape for Adventure Racing. He is regularly seen bringing hordes of adventures to races. He is good at his job. He is not bad at racing either ;) I give you Bernard [...]

The Inside Track – Quest Achill

By | August 29th, 2017|Categories: Race Preview|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ahead of yet another sold out Quest Achill Adventure Race, I thought I would give you a little preview of this great event. If you're a first timer, you're in for an awesome time. You will take on the dramatic mountains, sandy beaches and rugged Wild Atlantic coastline of Achill Island. There’s an option of three routes [...]

The Boyne Adventure Race – Race Review

By | August 28th, 2017|Categories: Race Review|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Trim was the destination as I loaded the bike in to the car and set off for the inaugural Boyne Adventure Race. After dropping the bike at the drop zone I headed for the start area. This was in a great location in front of Trim castle, The Race around Ireland start was getting set up [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Paul Kelly – Racing to Make a Difference!

By | August 15th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This weeks Competitor Spotlight is a little different than our usual spotlight. Paul Kelly, a relative newcomer to the Adventure Racing scene, took up running only 4 years and has come a long way since those first faithful steps. The work he is doing simply cannot go unnoticed. It's a subject that sadly is coming [...]

Off The Bloom – Race Review

By | August 14th, 2017|Categories: Race Review|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Off The Bloom Adventure Race – Sport Course A last minute opportunity to take part in the Off The Bloom adventure race popped up on Friday evening and I jumped at it, and was I glad I did...it’s a cracking event which is sure to only grow and grow. I packed up the car Saturday [...]

The Cavan Kayakarun

By | August 12th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

WHAT Multi-sport adventure race through the spectacular rolling Drumlin hills in County Cavan, Ireland. The event includes running/walking on mainly country roads, kayaking either on a sit-on-top or sit-in kayak (kayaks supplied or bring your own) and cycling  on tarmac suitable for any type of bike. WHERE Gallonray House, Maudabawn, Cootehill, Co. Cavan.GPS co-ordinates: N 54° 01 8395 W 007° 01 3362 [...]

Off The Bloom

By | August 12th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On the 12th of August this year, Offaly will host its first multi-sport adventure race. Set in the picturesque village of Kinnitty at the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, the splendid grounds of the renowned Kinnitty Castle will provide the backdrop to the start and finish of the inaugural Off The Bloom Adventure Race. Over [...]

Red Bull 400 – That’ll get the blood pumpin’

By | August 10th, 2017|Categories: Race Review|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Our man Padraig O'Connor flew the Irish Flag on the RedBull 400 Challenge... And here is how it went down or Up in this case!!!   I stood in the starting area, 75 other competitors beside me of every age and nationality…and all looking a lot fitter then me and like they knew what they were doing, [...]

Dave’s Equipment Review…Tyres

By | August 8th, 2017|Categories: Cycling, Equipment|Tags: , , , , , |

A question that continually pops up and will be argued until the end of time is: What tyres should I be using?? With so many influencing factors, from chatting to your mates to checking out what the competition are running at a recent race, it’s easy to see why this question pops up more than most. [...]

Moxie Adventure Race – Race Review

By | July 19th, 2017|Categories: Race Review|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last weekend, at Moxie, I took the plunge in the world of the expert distance races with the big hitters of adventure racing. Well it's safe to say I wont be jostling for podium positions there. This route was called the Moxie Pro (53km route) and it lived up to the billing... Moxie noun [...]

The Inside Track – Moxie Adventure Race

By | July 12th, 2017|Categories: Race Preview|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

With days to go, the nerves are beginning to tingle and the planning has started. Bike checks, weather checks, water and carb loading...Check out this handy guide... Usually we would get the event organizers to do a quick preview but this time we got a past competitor and friend of Kayathlon.ie, Margaret Erwin if she could break the "sport" [...]

Exclusive 53 Degrees North Discounts for All Kayathlon Readers

By | July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Equipment|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

53 Degrees North are giving all our Kayathlon.ie followers an exclusive discount to everything you need to get your adventure started! Click on any of the products below for more details. Exclusive Items [...]

Today, I am the Storm!

By | June 30th, 2017|Categories: Motivation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

3 weeks ago I took on DAR Dingle. I had a point to prove at this race as last year it ate me up and spat me out. I went into that race with zero training done and was just back from a 6 week chest infection. So the gauntlet was put down and I [...]

The Inside Track – Gaelforce West

By | June 17th, 2017|Categories: Race Preview|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Alas the iconic Gaelforce West is almost upon us. For some, this is one of the first adventure races they have taken part in. Certainly one of the most demanding. A course that pulls no punches. Measured at an impressive 67km, which takes in, amongst other things, a scramble up Croagh Patrick, many consider this not a race [...]

Kayathlon hits a few milestones

By | June 12th, 2017|Categories: Media Broadcast|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Over the weekend Kayathlon.ie reached a few milestones. We made it to 6 months and our Facebook following reached 1,111. I would like to use this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you for your support and following. You have been immense.  You guys make it all worth while. We have made great friends [...]

DAR Dingle…the calm after the storm

By | June 12th, 2017|Categories: Race Review|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The wind has calmed and the dust has started to settle after DAR Dingle. What a race! Highly regarded as one of the toughest races on the calendar and again, with the extra help of gale force 8 winds, it certainly didnt disappoint.  The conditions were so severe, the kayak stage had to be cancelled but [...]

ROAD TRIP!!!

By | June 9th, 2017|Categories: Race Preview|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Adventure races, are designed to push you beyond your comfort zone. And that's not just your physical comfort zone. Also your geographical comfort zone. For most one of the best parts of racing is the road trip. You get to go to the most remote & beautiful parts of the country. For some, it's a [...]

Dave Gowan – Taking Control – His Inspiring Story

By | June 1st, 2017|Categories: Motivation, Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A while back Kayathlon.ie in conjunction with Quest held a competition for a free entry to Quest Glendalough. The winner was chosen at random. The winner was a guy called Dave Gowan. Not only did Dave win the draw, he won the blooming race too. After the dust settled, I spoke to Dave and well, [...]

The Inside Track – DAR Dingle – Race Preview

By | May 28th, 2017|Categories: Race Preview|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In less than 2 weeks, 1,100 + competitors  will take on the next race on our calendar. DAR Dingle on the 10th of June. For many, this will be their first time competing in an Adventure Race and also DAR Dingle. The majority of whom will be competing in the 43km sport route. This is a great of [...]

How Exercise Can Help Beat Depression!

By | May 18th, 2017|Categories: Motivation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Unfortunately, suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 50 in Ireland and the UK. In the UK alone, 100 men take their lives every week with young males three times more likely than women to commit suicide. And it’s a growing problem to men in their 40s. But thankfully now, what [...]

The Importance of….Doing your Race Research!

By | May 16th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , , |

Doing your race home work could be the making and breaking of you! Especially if its your first time competing in that race. Let me elaborate on that. Adventure/multi-sport races are about endurance. Spreading your energy levels out. So not knowing what is around the corner could be the undoing of you. I have seen first [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Greg Dillon (audio)

By | May 8th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Listen to Our Podcast With Endurance FM Since the site was launched back in early January, I have been shining a spotlight on competitors (of all levels/standards) and it has been a great success. But in doing so, I have been asked each and every time when will I put myself under the spotlight. So [...]

Gaelforce Connemara – Race Preview

By | May 4th, 2017|Categories: Race Preview|Tags: , , , , , , |

Oscar Wilde once described Connemara as a "Savage beauty". And Gaelforce Connemara this weekend is just that...a savage beauty. Connemara itself consists of uncompromising, rugged landscapes with never ending coastal in inlets. Hence where the name of Connemara came from...(Conamara) is Irish for 'Inlets of the Sea'. Move inland and you are greeted with endless [...]

Half-Marathon Mick – First Adventure Race Done!

By | April 18th, 2017|Categories: Running|Tags: , , , , , , |

Half-Marathon Mick back again with an epic Quest blog! Savage weather, beautiful scenery and fantastic food, Quest Glendalough had it all! My training during the week involved cycling back and forth to work followed by a quick jog around the neighbourhood in the evenings. I went straight from pedal to pavement for three evenings in [...]

Kayaking for Adventure Racers – Getting On-board by Mike Jones

By | April 11th, 2017|Categories: Kayaking, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Getting on-board This is the first in a series of blogs to help build your confidence and skills around the one bit of the race you probably haven’t trained for! That’s OK though I am sure you have been kayaking before on a school tour or on a summer camp and you ran across the boats [...]

So what is next on your race calendar?

By | April 9th, 2017|Categories: Cycling, Kayaking, Running|Tags: , , , , , , |

About know, if you were one of the lucky 3000 plus competitors who took part over the weekend in either Quest Glendalough or Shore2Summit, you are probably already beginning to plot your next outing. Check out our new and improved event guide for the coming year and get planning... http://www.kayathlon.ie/events Also stay tuned as we will [...]

Kayathlon.ie Goes Global!!!

By | April 5th, 2017|Categories: Media Broadcast|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We have some exciting news. Kayathlon.ie are delighted to announce that we will be interviewed on a brand new internet radio station Endurance FM on the 12th April on all things multi-sport/adventure racing in Ireland. This is testament to the ever growing race popularity in Ireland. Who or what is Endurance FM? Endurance FM is the world’s first radio [...]

Half-Marathon Mick – Training Like Mad

By | April 4th, 2017|Categories: Running|Tags: , , , , , , |

Half-Marathon Mick here! I’ve been training like a mad man for the last few weeks so haven’t had a chance to blog but don’t worry, I’m back again with an extra big one! Since I last dropped in here on Kayathalon I’ve completed not one but two races. Not only that, but I’ve gotten my [...]

Race week – Carb loading?

By | April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Nutrition, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , |

With big calendar races like Quest Glendalough & Shore 2 Summit coming this weekend, the queries have started to filter through again. One of the more common questions we receive is on "Carb Loading" and do I need to carb load and if so how much? So before I answer that, lets see why we need Carbs at all... [...]

Conquer Heavy Leg Syndrome

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: Cycling, Kayaking, Running, Tips & Tricks, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For anyone who has ever gotten the heavy legs after transitions, you know it can be very frustrating. But there are ways & tricks to get around it. Before I tell you those, lets get to understand why exactly it happens. Reason 1: When cycling, the blood is mainly directed up into the quads in what [...]

Focus Ireland: Underground Run: Dublin Tunnel

By | March 26th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

THE DUBLIN TUNNEL IS 10 YEARS OLD AND TO CELEBRATE, THEY ARE PUTTING ON AN EXCITING 10K RUNNING RACE. ITS TAKING PLACE ON SUNDAY, MARCH 26TH AND ITS IN AID OF FOCUS IRELAND. Ireland's longest tunnel is closing its roads to traffic to provide a unique opportunity for serious runners and participants alike. This race will [...]

The Story of Liam Delahunty – Prepare to be Inspired!

By | March 20th, 2017|Categories: Motivation, Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Every once in a while a story comes along that makes you stop and think. A story that puts your own stuff into perspective. This story I talk about is the story of an Irish man. But not just any man. A man who wants to be in charge of his own destiny despite the odds. [...]

The Importance Of…Listening To Your Body

By | March 11th, 2017|Categories: Injury Prevention, Tips & Tricks, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Whilst training, it's sometimes easy to get carried away and think you're invincible. Do not get me wrong, it's so important as a self-motivator to be in the frame of mind that no hill is too steep or no distance too long...It's essential that we get in a positive frame of mind to maximize our [...]

The Race – Donegal

By | March 10th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

THE RACE: 250 KILOMETERS 24 HOURS. The Race is a 250 km unsupported endurance event across the rugged landscape of North West Donegal. To finish competitors have to complete 15km of kayaking, 166km of cycling, 5km of mountain running and 64km of road and trail running. It is the ultimate 24 hour test of endurance. North [...]

Cue the Montage Music

By | February 24th, 2017|Categories: Motivation, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Was just getting ready last night for a run in the stormy weather, in preparation for Quest Glendalough on April 8th, I reached for my mp3 player and thought to myself what will I use tonight to help get me around...and I dug up this gem...The Rocky Soundtrack. What a classic. One, for me, that has [...]

Bad Weather…Storm Doris, is that all you have got?

By | February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Motivation, Running, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I woke earlier than usual this morning. I could hear the gale flexing its muscle outside. #StormDoris was not in a very good mood. I hadn't planned on doing anything physical this morning as I have a couple of things on and was planning to get out later in the day. So I went back to the [...]

Hill Running in the City

By | February 22nd, 2017|Categories: Running, Training, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I recently posted a blog called Conquer Your Everest which discussed the importance of trail/hill training in preparation for a race. A couple emails filtered through about having no access to hills and looking for an alternative. So in response, read on :)While having access to hills obviously is an advantage, its not essential. If you live [...]