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 chose, there was no getting away from the wind. The race itself was run over multiple terrains e.g grass, beach, loose rock, boggy mountain side and tarmac. Each route was hotly contested & the pace was frantic up the front from the off.
In the mini, Kayathlons Padraig O’Connor came over the line first in the mens and Deirdre Keogh in the ladies.
In the Sport mens, the podium was hotly contested with only 30 seconds separating the top 3. Honors there went to Matt Casey followed by last weeks Competitor Spotlight Bernard Smyth. In the ladies, Lorraine Carey smashed the rest of her field with over 8 minutes to spare. Unbelievable stuff.
In the Expert Killian Heery finished the 63km course in an unbelievable 2:28:29. Killian is a shoe in for the National Adventure Race Title this year and in his current form, he will be hard bet. In the ladies Laura Driscoll came over the line with almost 6 minutes to spare from 2nd place Eimear O’Brien. Both setting cracking great times.
The wind definitely added to the achievement of not just the times clocked by the winners but to everyone who took part.
As ever, the event itself was brilliantly organized with no stone left unturned. And as for the after party…Some competitors really showed their endurance & stamina levels here as they partied hard into the early hours in Gielty’s and beyond…but they shall remain unnamed 🙂