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 [...]

The COALFACE 2018

By | September 22nd, 2018|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 [...]

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 [...]

The MAD Adventure Race

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

Milford and District (MAD) Adventure Race -Donegal is a unique opportunity to experience Donegal's beautiful terrian over a challenging 59k or 29k course. Full race details not yet released! Details of 2017 (to give you an idea of the setup for the weekend) Run 10k. Kayak 2k. Cycle 24k. Trail run 2.5k. Cycle 19.5k 1k [...]

Race 2 Glory

By | July 14th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Race2Glory is a multi-sport adventure race involving cycling, running and a river run, taking place on the 14th July 2018. (Date just announced...full race details to be confirmed shortly) FULL COURSE (Total 40km) Test yourself on challenges such as Spankers Hill, The Bog, Craggagh Hill and Glore River! STAGE 01: 10K Mountain Run Steep ascent to [...]

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 [...]

Coast to Coast

By | May 19th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

9th – 20st MAY 2018 - ENNISCRONE, Co SLIGO - NEWCASTLE, Co DOWN NON – STOP, 2 DAY & Inter – Service MULTISPORT RACE ACROSS IRELAND Ireland, an island steeped in history and mythology with scenery which rivals that of any other sights around the globe. For many years’ visitors have flown or sailed to Irish shores to [...]

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 [...]

Blueway Adventure Race 2018

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

The Blueway Adventure race 2018 now in its fourth year is a great race for adventure race first timers with the perfect course for all levels of fitness to get involved. Strictly no entrants under the age of 18. 7k run : 1k kayak : 25k cycle : 3.5k trail run : 3k cycle : 500m run [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Race Report – Westport Sea2Summit

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

Last Saturday morning saw two members of Team Kayathlon, Greg & Padraig, take on Westport's Sea2Summit. From a top 20 finish to a mid-pack finish after being plagued by punctures. Read how the guys got on below. Top 20 Target Heading down to Westport for Sea2summit has become a bit [...]

The Inside Track – Westport Sea 2 Summit

By | November 8th, 2017|Categories: Race Review|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

All roads head west this weekend for Sea 2 Summit, the final event of the Adventure Racing calendar for 2017!!! Sea2Summit has 2 routes, the longer Supreme route and the shorter Spirit route. Both routes are fast and for the most part on sealed road (except for the Croagh Patrick section). The first and last [...]

Gaeltacht Adventure Race

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

The inaugural Excel Sports Gaeltacht Adventure Race, a running and cycling duathlon, will take place in Falcarragh, County Donegal, on Sun, Oct 29. The Sport distance (32k) consists of a 3k walk/run, 19k bike, 3k mtn walk, 8k bike. The challenge distance (55k) consists of a 3k run, 10k bike,5k beach run, 20k bike, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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

By | July 16th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What is the Moxie Adventure Race? Moxie Adventure Race is an adventure race which takes place in the garden of Ireland. Within 45 minutes of Dublin city and based in Lacken with Blessington Lakes as its backdrop, Moxie has something for everyone. The Start And Finish Will Be At Our New Location In Lacken, For Those [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Virgin Media Night Run 2017

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

Dublin After Dark Night Run We are delighted to announce a new and improved route for this year's Virgin Media Night Run on Sunday 23rd April @ 9pm. Check it out below a fast, flat PB course passing some of Dublin's most iconic landmarks. Register Now!!!  

5 Reasons to Run on Different Surfaces

By | April 18th, 2017|Categories: Running, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , |

1. Injury prevention In order to minimize the opportunity of getting injured, you should really try and get off the hard surfaces. Those high impact surfaces. The ones that batter the joints i.e. concrete, tarmac. Over time these will absolutely crucify the body. 2. A change is always good Monotony can be killer. Motivation levels can [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Wicklow Mountains Challenge

By | March 5th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Challenge Are you ready to test your fitness by running through the rocky terrain and hills of the Wicklow Mountains? You’ve come to the right place! Sign up for the Wicklow Mountains Challenge and prove to yourself you can do it while also raising much needed funds for people living with EB. The Routes The event [...]

My Most Embarrassing Blog

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

The world of running has brought to me all sorts of embarrassing moments. You know those sort of lasting memory type moments, that thanks to media can come back to haunt you at any google search. And Oh man, I have many. Around 2002ish, I was admittedly in decent shape and agreed to work as a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Roll on the 2nd Day Aches…

By | February 1st, 2017|Categories: Injury Prevention, Tips & Tricks, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Until late last summer, I would equally look forward and fear the 2nd day pains...You always knew that in order to get those pains, you have been doing something right. As the old wise ass in the dressing room would gleefully proclaim "Sure that's just weakness leaving the body". And to a point he would be [...]

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 [...]