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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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? [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Half Marathon Mick – Earns His Stripes

By | May 7th, 2017|Categories: Running, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Did Half-Marathon Mick become a true Half-Marathon veteran last weekend? Yes I did! After three months of gruelling training, 60 sweat-filled kilometers worth of races, and enough preand-post-race fry-ups, Weetabix, bananas, soups and sandwiches to fill the hungry belly of a sumo wrestler, I finally tore across the line and snatched up the all-important Half-Marathon [...]

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 [...]

20 Top Race Tips

By | April 20th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , |

With The Blackstairs Adventure Race, Clare Island Adventure Race & Gaelforce Connemara Adventure Challenge fast approaching, it's important you will not be left wanting at the starting line. Check out these 20 tips to help you make the most of your day!       1. Gear Up If you are a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 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 [...]

Half Marathon Mick’s Training Diary – Week 2

By | March 9th, 2017|Categories: Running, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hi all, Half-Marathon Mick here. Week 2 of my training diary or log or whatever you might like to call it. The first of my races kick off this weekend with the Castleconnell 10K down in Limerick. I’ve clocked up several good long runs over the last week in preparation. The routes have consisted of [...]

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, [...]

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, [...]

Introducing Half Marathon Mick

By | February 27th, 2017|Categories: Running, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hi all, Half-Marathon Mick here with the first of hopefully many blog posts charting my leap into the world of competitive running. I nailed down long-distance running as a New Year’s Resolution back in the first fresh week of January. It’s so far so good as I’ve kept my feet off of the comfy couch and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]