Upcoming Events

  1. Gaelforce Dublin Adventure Race

    Gaelforce – Dublin

    February 17, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  2. TheRace.ie Donegal

    The Race – Donegal

    March 2, 2018 - March 4, 2018
  3. q-kenmare

    Quest – Kenmare

    March 10, 2018
  4. extreme_north

    Shore 2 Summit – 2018

    April 7, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  5. Quest Glendalough

    Quest – Glendalough ’18

    April 21, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Upcoming Events

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Quest – Killarney – October

By | October 6th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

WHAT IS QUEST KILLARNEY? Quest Killarney is a one day multi adventure sport race.This race gives competitors the chance to run, hike, cycle and kayak some of the most dramatic, breathtaking and remote scenery in the world. There are 5 challenging routes: 83K Expert, 73K Pro, 55k Sport, 65K Dual, 27K Mini Registration is now open [...]

Éalú Lua Adventure Race 2018

By | September 15th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

Éalú Lua Adventure Race takes place on and around beautiful Loch Allua, between Ballingeary and Inchigeela, on the river Lee. It consists of a 5km run, a 20km cycle and a 1.5km kayak. The Adventure Race gets it's name from the mythical serpert, "Lua" that, legend has it, was banished from Gougane Barra by St. Finbarr. [...]

Quest – Achill

By | September 8th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Race Details to be Confirmed! WHAT IS QUEST ACHILL? Quest Achill (previously the Achill Roar) is a one day multi adventure sport race and is part of Quest Adventure Series Ireland. The race involves running, cycling and kayaking across dramatic mountains, sandy beaches and along the rugged Wild Atlantic coastline. Choose from 3 challenging routes – [...]

Bantry Bay Adventure Race

By | August 25th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Tackle West Cork’s terrain at the Bantry Bay Adventure Race  The Experience Immerse yourself in the Wild Atlantic Way as you take on the challenge of West Cork’s islands, bays, and peninsulas. On August 25th 2018, take part in the second Bantry Bay Adventure Race and tackle West Cork’s terrain! This is a chip-timed event, co-ordinated and [...]

Quest 12/24

By | August 25th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Quest 12/24 is a one-day individual unsupported adventure race across Ireland’s highest mountains and the toughest cycle routes in the South West, along the Wild Atlantic Way.  Quest 12/24 is for those who wish to test their physical and mental toughness to overcome everything that the Wild Atlantic Way could throw at them. The routes were designed [...]

Off The Bloom 2018

By | August 18th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On the 18th of August this year, Offaly will host it's only 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. (Final [...]

The Beast of Ballyhoura Adventure Race ’18

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

This year The Beast will take on scenic County Donegal, which includes parts of the rugged wilderness that the vast Wild Atlantic Way has to offer. After years roaming the mountains of Ballyhoura and surrounding counties, the Beast has grown too big to contain and has broken free. The Beast has threaten to return to haunt it's old [...]

Gaelforce West Ultra

By | June 23rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

FIRST THERE WAS GAELFORCE WEST AND IT WAS THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE. NOW THERE IS GAELFORCE WEST ULTRA. THERE IS A NEW ULTIMATE. MOUNTAIN RUNNING AND CYCLING 154KM Mountain running and cycling through the toughest routes in Connemara and Mayo over a distance of 154km, this is an endurance challenge that may break you and rebuild you [...]

Gaelforce – West

By | June 23rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

NEW DATE SAME INSPIRATIONAL CHALLENGE SUMMER 2018 STARTS ON JUNE 23rd ICONIC ADVENTURE RACE THROUGH BREATHTAKING SCENERY The route takes you from Glassilaun beach in Co. Galway to the heritage town of Westport, Co Mayo. TRAIL AND MOUNTAIN RUNNING OR WALKING; CYCLING AND KAYAKING Always varied, never boring - the terrain includes mountain scree, bogland, trails, [...]

DAR – Dingle Adventure Race

By | June 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

DINGLE ADVENTURE RACE COURSE INFO Course Details: DAR Mini: 21.5Km DAR Sport: 43Km DAR Full: 48Km   DAR MINI 21.5km COURSE INFO Now on 5th year. New to Adventure Racing and multi sport events, then give it a go with the DAR mini, this will give you a taste of running, biking, kayaking and the [...]

Quest – Betws Y Coed – Wales – 2018

By | May 12th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What Is Quest Betws-y-Coed? Part of the new UK Quest Adventure Series, with the first event taking place on 12th May 2018. Racers will test their ability with a choice of 3 demanding and scenic routes through the breath-taking Snowdonia National Park. Embark on a physically grueling journey and be part of the Quest Betws Y [...]

Blackstairs Adventure Race 2018

By | May 6th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The BlackStairs Adventure race is a race you don't want to miss with something for everyone including the family. We promise you a value for money event at a high standard in a beautiful location spanning the Carlow, Wexford and Kilkenny borders. The BlackStairs Adventure Race takes place on Sun 6th May 2018(final details to be [...]

Gaelforce – Connemara Adventure Challenge

By | May 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

SPRINT DISTANCE ADVENTURE RACE IN A STUNNING LOCATION Looking to test your training or even cross the line for the first time in an adventure race? This is the ideal event for you. Sprint distance means you have nothing to fear yet you will still be tested. STAND-ALONE SPRINT RACE Unique event with only one distance [...]

Quest – Glendalough ’18

By | April 21st, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

WHAT IS QUEST GLENDALOUGH? This epic adventure involves racers running and cycling through the Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glendalough Valley as well as kayaking across the spectacular Upper Lake and finishing the race in the shadows of the monastic round tower which epitomises the Glendalough area. Three challenging routes: 57k Expert, 41km Sport and 19k [...]

Shore 2 Summit – 2018

By | April 7th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The routes are a mass of stunning scenery, dotted with historical landmarks, beautiful lakes and enduring climbs. While Extreme North take no credit for the fantastic natural routes, other than identifying them, the perfect balance of adventure, endurance, hospitality and care for runners is part and parcel of what makes an Extreme North event a memorable [...]

Quest – Kenmare

By | March 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

With 3 challenging routes to test you no matter what level of fitness you have. Run, cycle and kayak across the Kenmare Bay, Gleninchiquinn, The Beara Peninsula, Caha Pass and Kenmare town. Choose from one of the following routes: 67k Expert 50K Sport 29K Challenge 29KM CHALLENGE ROUTE INFORMATION All routes are subject to final permissions [...]

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 [...]

Gaelforce – Dublin

By | February 17th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Urban meets rural in Spring 2018 as Gaelforce brings an adventure race to Dublin. Based in the foothills of the Dublin mountains, 20 minutes from the city center, you will be able to enjoy the beauty of our capital with amazing views from Kippure mountain. There are 2 courses to choose from, depending on your fitness [...]

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 [...]

Race Review – SCAR – by Bernard Smyth

By | November 6th, 2017|Categories: Race Review|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

With Cork suffering the worst of the effects from hurricane Ophelia, there was a big doubt over SCAR actually going ahead this year. An email from the organisers after the storm indicated that roads were blocked, 50+ trees down and a real danger that, if held on the original date, more trees or debris from [...]

SCAR 2017

By | November 4th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

SCAR stands for Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race. Well, it’s finally here! SCAR CHALLENGE Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race is only days away. Firstly, thank you all for bearing with us over the last few stormy weeks and it is great you all stayed and are taking part. With over 350 participants and over €20,000 raised for charity, [...]

Quest – Killarney – October

By | October 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

WHAT IS QUEST KILLARNEY? Quest Killarney is a one day multi adventure sport race.This race gives competitors the chance to run, hike, cycle and kayak some of the most dramatic, breathtaking and remote scenery in the world. There are 5 challenging routes: 83K Expert, 73K Pro, 55k Sport, 65K Dual, 27K Mini Registration is now open [...]

FEARmanagh Adventure Race

By | October 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome to FEARmanagh! What better way to spend a Saturday morning than getting up close and personal with Fermanagh’s rugged and wild terrain. Cycle through quiet back roads that cut through the limestone landscape, carved out by Ireland’s icy past, they’re guaranteed to give you more ups than downs! Then experience the wetter side of Fermanagh [...]

Gaelforce – North

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

MAGNIFICENT DONEGAL – NEVER DULL ALWAYS A CHALLENGE. WILL IT CONQUER YOU?  NEW DATE SAME RACE. NOW YOU HAVE THE SUMMER TO TRAIN. NO EXCUSES. 64KM FULL & 45KM SPRINTCOURSES SPANNING WILDEST DONEGAL The route takes you from the stark peaks of Glenveagh National Park via Mount Errigal to the sweeping beaches of Bunbeg. TRAIL AND [...]

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 [...]

Quest – Achill

By | September 9th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

WHAT IS QUEST ACHILL? Quest Achill (previously the Achill Roar) is a one day multi adventure sport race and is part of Quest Adventure Series Ireland. The race involves running, cycling and kayaking across dramatic mountains, sandy beaches and along the rugged Wild Atlantic coastline. Choose from 3 challenging routes – Mini 18km, Sport 31km and [...]

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 [...]

Gaelforce – Womens Adventure Race Wicklow

By | August 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

WOMEN'S ADV RACE WICKLOW 19 AUGUST 2017 SORRY LADS. THIS ONE IS ALSO JUST FOR THE LADIES. FEEL LIKE A SECOND CHANCE? Did you take the July women’s race in Galway by storm and you want that feeling back again? Or maybe you missed that one and really want the chance to show how amazing you [...]

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, [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Owen Fletcher

By | August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 15 - Owen Fletcher. A couple of weeks back, we held a draw for 2 pairs of Columbia Montrails runners and one of winners pretty much photo-documented himself trialing them out. Some of the imagery was stunning & some was quite funny. Part of the prize was a free entry to [...]

The Beast of Ballyhoura Adventure Race

By | July 30th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Race Details When: 30th July - 31 July 2016 (Entries close Friday 24th June at 23:59) Where: Ballyhoura Country. Event HQ = Kilfinane, Co Limerick. Who: 4 person mixed teams* (no support crew required) Costs: €800 per team (Please don't ask for a reduction or free entry as we cannot offer this, the fees are the same [...]

Gaelforce – Womens Adventure Race Galway

By | July 22nd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

BACK OFF BOYS. THIS ONE IS JUST FOR THE LADIES. TIME OUT We thought you might like to have some time out with the girls so that is exactly what we have created. Mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, aunties and friends, that includes all of you. THE PERFECT RACE Designed by the women of the Gaelforce Team [...]

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" [...]

DAR 12 Hour Team Race- Dingle

By | July 1st, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Dingle DAR 12 Hour Team race The Dingle DAR 12 hour Team race will start at around 10am on Sat 2nd July and teams must have made the finish line by 12 hours later, 10pm Sat. Teams will have mandatory check points to get with options of extra bonus points to collect if they can, [...]

DAR 24 Hour Team Race – Dingle

By | July 1st, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Dingle DAR 24 Hour Team Race The Dingle DAR 24 hour team race will start at around 10am on Sat 2nd and 3rd July and teams must have made the finish line by 24 hours later, 10am Sunday. Teams will have mandatory check points to get with options of extra bonus points to collect if [...]

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 [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Ciara O’Neill

By | June 28th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 15. There was 25 minutes to go before registration for Gaelforce West was closing. I saw someone parking up in a packed car park just outside the registration office and there was just enough space for myself to get squeeze in behind. In unison, we both hoped out of our vehicles, exchanged a [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Nigel McCord

By | June 27th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 14. It has been a while but the competitor spotlight is back and we have a few beauties lined up. First up, is a man from Carlow who saw the craic his mates were having Adventure racing and said he would have some of that...and has looked back since. I give [...]

Gaelforce – West

By | June 24th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

NEW DATE SAME INSPIRATIONAL CHALLENGE SUMMER 2017 STARTS ON JUNE 24TH ICONIC ADVENTURE RACE THROUGH BREATHTAKING SCENERY The route takes you from Glassilaun beach in Co. Galway to the heritage town of Westport, Co Mayo. TRAIL AND MOUNTAIN RUNNING OR WALKING; CYCLING AND KAYAKING Always varied, never boring - the terrain includes mountain scree, bogland, trails, [...]

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 Adventure Race

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

DINGLE ADVENTURE RACE COURSE INFO Course Details: DAR Mini: 21.5Km DAR Sport: 43Km DAR Full: 48Km DAR MINI 21.5km COURSE INFO Now on 4th year. New to Adventure Racing and multi sport events, then give it a go with the DAR mini, this will give you a taste of running, biking, kayaking and the atmosphere that [...]

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 [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Barry Cronin

By | May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 11. Ever wondered what it takes to dine at the top table of Adventure Racing. To be regularly spotted in podium position photo. Well Barry Cronin, has taken the time out of his hectic schedule to let us know what he does in order to "Deliver the goods" each time (cryptic). [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Lucy Pye

By | May 19th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 10. This weeks spotlight moves to the Mourne county...Co. Down. Lucy Pye. Now a  regular on the Adventure Race circuit, Lucy is a self confessed outdoorsy nut, some one who just cant sit still. A perfect recipe for multi-sport racing...And lets just say the rest is history :) How old are you? [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Mark Young

By | May 16th, 2017|Categories: Running, Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 9. This weeks spotlights moves to the rebel county...Cork. Mark Young, who is clocking up events nicely, goes under the light next... Enjoy :) What is your name? Mark Young How old are you? 37 Where are you from? Near Bandon in West Cork What got you into Adventure/Multi-sport racing? What [...]

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 [...]

Quest – Betws Y Coed – Wales

By | May 6th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What Is Quest Betws-y-Coed? Part of the new UK Quest Adventure Series, with the first event taking place on 6th May 2017. Racers will test their ability with a choice of 3 demanding and scenic routes through the breath-taking Snowdonia National Park. Embark on a physically grueling journey and be part of the Quest Betws Y [...]

Gaelforce – Connemara Adventure Challenge

By | May 6th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

SPRINT DISTANCE ADVENTURE RACE IN A STUNNING LOCATION The perfect training race for the more experienced. The ideal introduction to adventure racing for the first timer STAND-ALONE SPRINT RACE Unique event with only one distance for all competitors. ADVENTURE DUATHLON - 29KM Stay on dry land – same superb course just no kayaking. TRAIL AND MOUNTAIN RUNNING [...]

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 [...]

Clare Island Adventure Race

By | April 29th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register in January for a reduction of 10% on all entry fees. Now in its 5th year, the Clare Island Adventure Race 2017 is set to take place on Saturday, 29th April over the May bank Holiday. While you’re primary focus in on the race, let’s first take a look at the island [...]

Blackstairs Adventure Race

By | April 29th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The BlackStairs Adventure race is a race you don't want to miss with something for everyone including the family. We promise you a value for money event at a high standard in a beautiful location spanning the Carlow, Wexford and Kilkenny borders. The BlackStairs Adventure Race takes place on Sun 30th April 2017 it is an [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Margaret Erwin

By | April 25th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 7. Our next competitor to go under the spotlight is our first lady to do so. Margaret "Mags" Erwin. She is an all action, straight talking, self professed chatterbox with a zest for life! Enjoy :) What is your name? Margaret Erwin..(Mags) You should never ask a lady her age…but if [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Padraig O’Connor

By | April 14th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 6. Our next competitor to go under the spotlight approached me at Quest Glendalough last Saturday out of the hustle and bustle of excited racers doing last minute checks, warm ups and carb intakes. From answering race query online earlier in the week, Padraig spotted my branded kayathlon.ie base layer top and came [...]

Quest – Glendalough

By | April 8th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

WHAT IS QUEST GLENDALOUGH? Quest Glendalough is a one-day multi adventure sport race and is part of Quest Adventure Series Ireland. The race involves running, cycling and kayaking across the spectacular mountains, valleys and lakes of Wicklow. Choose from 3 challenging routes, in one of the most epic location in Ireland- Mini 19km, Sport 41km and [...]

Shore 2 Summit

By | April 8th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The routes are a mass of stunning scenery, dotted with historical landmarks, beautiful lakes and enduring climbs. While Extreme North take no credit for the fantastic natural routes, other than identifying them, the perfect balance of adventure, endurance, hospitality and care for runners is part and parcel of what makes an Extreme North event a memorable [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Outdoorsy Guy…Ciarán McCann

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: Running, Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 5. With Quest Glendalough looming, I began to research actual footage of trails of Wicklow on Youtube and came across a channel by a fella called "Outdoorsy Guy". Turns out he is an Irish guy who has done a good few races on the circuit. Really worthwhile checking his channel out. Some [...]

Quest – Killarney – March

By | March 18th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Quest Killarney is a one-day multi adventure sport race. It takes place in Killarney National Park, along the Kerry Way and in the Black Valley. This race gives competitors the chance to run, hike, cycle and kayak some of the most dramatic, breath taking and remote scenery in the world. There are 3 different route options [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Shane Flannery

By | March 16th, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Competitor Spotlight - Week 4. So recently, Kayathlon.ie teamed up with Killary Gaelforce to run a competition to win a couple of free entries to Gaelforce Connemara on the 6th of May. From our hat, we pulled out the name of Shane Flannery. It transpires that Shane is doing a wee little challenge called the [...]

Quest Killarney Countdown!

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: Race Preview|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It's Q minus 4 days. All roads truly lead to the Kingdom of Kerry this weekend. And in particular Killarney. At this stage you're probably dissecting the race, stage by stage, hill by hill, from energy gels to water intake, every possible variable right up to the after party. Should I be carb loading. How [...]

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 [...]

Introducing Mike Jones, Our New Blogger

By | March 7th, 2017|Categories: Kayaking, Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Introducing Mike Jones Adventurer, Our New Blogger. I mentioned a while back that our blog would soon be joined by a man who frankly encapsulates the adventurous spirit. If you were to ask anyone who knows Mike, of his whereabouts, they would point you in the direction of the water, a mountain or something that involves [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Denis O’Sullivan

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

Competitor Spotlight - Week 2. I was up on our Instagram page and my eyes were drawn towards a picture of huge hoard of Adventure Race medals. They belonged to a guy called Denis O'Sullivan.  To say I was impressed was an understatement...there was definite medal envy in there too. And as if big brother was watching, [...]

Gaelforce – Mountain Run

By | March 4th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

CONQUER THE WILDS OF CONNEMARA UNIQUE ACCESS TO UNMARKED MOUNTAINS WITH 3 DISTANCES Special access has been granted to this stunning route by local landowners making it an amazing opportunity for mountain running 1. 22KM EXPERT MOUNTAIN RUN 2. 12KM INTERMEDIATE MOUNTAIN RUN Challenging terrain throughout with steep ascents and descents. Before entering either of these [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Jonathan O’Meara

By | March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The site has been live now for 2 months and we have been banging on about how good Adventure/Multi-sport racing.  So we have decided to call on other racers to give their opinions and why its so great. First up is Jonathan O'Meara. Jonathan, in 2015 made the leap from the ranks of triathlon to Adventure racing. Since then, [...]

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 [...]

Conquer Your Everest

By | February 21st, 2017|Categories: Motivation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

They say ignorance is bliss, "they" never did a multi-sport race.  So if you have just completed your first race last Saturday in Killary GaelForce Dublin and are probably thinking to yourself, I wouldn't mind doing that again but are wondering what would you do differently next time to better yourself. That's what went through my [...]

The Calm After the Gael

By | February 19th, 2017|Categories: Race Review, Running|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The first major adventure race of year "Killary Gaelforce Dublin" is complete. If it was your first, I suspect you are both buzzing and sore.  You are probably rerunning the events of the race, the cycle, the trek to the summit of Kippure, the kayaking on Blessington and that feeling of crossing the finish line as [...]

Gaelforce – Dublin

By | February 18th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Urban meets rural in Spring 2017 as Gaelforce brings an adventure race to Dublin. Based in the foothills of the Dublin mountains, 20 minutes from the city center, you will be able to enjoy the beauty of our capital with amazing views from Kippure mountain. There are 2 courses to choose from, depending on your fitness [...]

5 Race Day Mistakes

By | February 17th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Tricks, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

So the big day has arrived and you are bursting the traps trying to get out and own that mountain...well take note of the following pointers to avoid disaster. Every athlete at some stage or another has fallen foul to a couple of these...no matter what level they are at. Rest There is an old Irish [...]

What Do I Need To Get Started…

By | February 13th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Your first steps into the world of multi-sport/adventure racing may be daunting but fear not. I will admit when I first decided I was going to give it a go, I was intimidated, not least by the race itself, the training involved to get me up to speed but from a financial side of things. What [...]

Awaken Your Inner Tom Crean

By | February 6th, 2017|Categories: Motivation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We have all seen the Guinness advert about the famous Irish explorer called Tom Crean. Well its time to awaken your inner Tom Crean. Its in our DNA. As an Irish person, I truly believe this. History has shown that we have explored every inch of this blue planet, sometimes out of necessity, sometimes out of [...]

Back to the Grind!

By | January 30th, 2017|Categories: Motivation, Running, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The winter break is over...and an extended one I might add. Bar two outings in early January, not a yard was covered since November 26th after RunTheLine 13Km moutain race (http://runtheline.ie/). A great race but at that stage I was finished after a grueling season. According to my Runkeeper app, I clocked up 98 sessions in 10 [...]