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National Series Form Guide: Quest Lough Derg

We are off to Killaloe and Ballina for Quest Lough Derg, the newest event in the Quest Calendar and a new challenge for 1,500 adventure racers! Sport The sport route in Lough Derg will provide some unique challenges for our regular Sport contenders, at 57km is one of the longest sport courses but [...]

The Importance of….Bike Fitting

Can I have a show of hands please. I include myself in this by the way. You go and buy a brand-new shiny bike. You wash it more than your first-born child. You make sure the chain is pumped and the tyres oiled to the nth degree. It looks fast. You look fast. But are you [...]

By | 2019-09-16T11:54:10+00:00 September 5th, 2019|Categories: Cycling, Equipment|Tags: , |0 Comments

Gear Review: Hydration Packs – Osprey Duro 6

Hydration pack. A vital component in every endurance athletes arsenal. Especially as we are now in the middle of a relative heatwave. Keeping on top of this, will keep you trucking for longer. But it's not as easy as it sounds. Finding the right equipment apart from the hydration formula can be an absolute minefield. We [...]

By | 2019-09-07T10:05:30+00:00 September 4th, 2019|Categories: Equipment, magazine extract|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Race Report – Boyne Adventure Race ’19 by David Lowe

2019 is the first year that I haven’t played GAA in over 20 years and to say I was at a loose end was an under-statement!! I had it in my mind at the start of the year to go running, what or where I was not sure but I decided I would target a [...]

By | 2019-09-04T10:21:16+00:00 September 4th, 2019|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Race Report – Quest 12

Go back 12 months...I cross the line. I have done it. I'm bo!!oxed but I'm buzzing. 13hrs 10 mins. I didn't make the 12 hours but zero fups are given. The high lasts for weeks on end. But slowly it begins to eat away at me. I need to get under the 12. That was [...]

By | 2019-09-07T09:26:38+00:00 September 1st, 2019|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Competitor Spotlight – Luke McMullan

So what can we say about our next racer to go under the spotlight. Although relatively new to the sport, his racing record is about as roller coaster as you can possibly get. Wins, DNF's, DQ's, stories of unheralded selflessness. It's all in there. Ladies and Gents, we give you Luke McMullan... SPOTLIGHT TIME WHERE [...]

By | 2019-09-07T09:48:17+00:00 August 26th, 2019|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Race Report – Off The Bloom ’19

A 7:30 am start from Waterford had me arriving in Kinnity around 9:30 for a second crack at the Off The Bloom (Elite) race. Last year the race had been a last minute decision, after myself and my good friend/fellow racer Ian O’Connell decided that it was too long to wait for a race between [...]

Competition Time: Win 1 of 2 Entries to the Quest Lough Derg Adventure Race

Forget Electric Picnic tickets or All Ireland tickets...we have the hottest tickets there has ever been since Willy Wonka announced his factory tour!!!!! We have got our hands on 2...yes 2...exclusive entries to the newest and most eagerly awaited event on the Adventure Racing calendar - Quest Ireland Lough Derg.  Sold out for weeks, we want to give [...]

Quest 12/24 – Essential Advice for Newbies

The Do's and Dont's The bigger the challenge the greater the reward! In 2018 Quest 12.24 was everything they said it would be and more, they even delivered the weather. There was sweat, tears and thankfully not too much blood as the inaugural event took Adventure Racers from Sneem to the top Carrauntoohil, to [...]

By | 2019-08-20T20:01:23+00:00 August 19th, 2019|Categories: magazine extract, Race Previews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

National Series Form Guide: Off The Bloom

It’s back!!! We’ve had an 8 week break since the last Continental National Adventure Race Series Expert event at Gaelforce West back in June but its unlikely many of the Expert Series contenders have been resting too much over the summer. A quick look through the start list shows the majority of the main contenders [...]

Race Report: King of Greystones Triathlon

It was that time of the year again, where I literally take the plunge into the world of triathlon. The King of Greystones Charity Triathlon (try-a-tri) to be exact. Roll back 15 months or so, I decided after a glass or 2 too many of vino to sign up for the race. What's so crazy [...]

Race Report – Race2Glory ’19 (Sport)

The call was made late on the eve of the race on the back of a long couple of weeks hard training and racing. The body was tired and sore but the word on the racing circuit was the Race2Glory was a unique event and the lure was too much to resist. Plenty of time [...]

National Series Form Guide: Race2Glory

Race 2 Glory - Kiltimagh - It’s the 5th race in the Continental National Adventure Race Sport series, we’ve reached the halfway point and it’s getting serious now and every point gained is vital! The 40k course is designed by Padraig Marrey (who was part of the gallant band of 11 warriors who each made [...]

Yoga for Athletes – Part II

As far as yoga poses go, this beauty is highly underrated. To many the most obvious benefit from tree pose is balance, but there are so many hidden gems that lie within, that can be particularly benefit the adventure athlete. All forms of yoga are beneficial to the athlete. 1. BALANCE When people fall out [...]

Into the West with Gaelforce

The conversation usually goes like this, being asked for the millionth time..... Everybody: “Oh you do triathlons?” Me: “No, I can’t swim....I do adventure races (cue puzzled looks)...running, cycling and kayaking, it’s off-road stuff, usually a mountain involved....” Everybody: “Oh like Gaelforce!!” Me: “Yes....they’re the ones”... So 2019 sees the welcome return of Gaelforce [...]

By | 2019-06-19T09:59:50+00:00 June 11th, 2019|Categories: magazine extract, Race Previews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Exclusive Viewer Discount: Adventure Foods from Team-Alpha.ie

Every now and again, we stumble across something different and that we could use in our outdoor adventures . While Adventure Racing is our primary outlet and what we mostly do...we can also be found spending days out hiking in the Mournes, the Wicklow Mountains, the Maamturks, The Reeks, Comeraghs...actually, you could find us anywhere!!! We’ve [...]

Competition Time: Win a Pair of Entries to the WAAR.ie

The awesome folk at WAAR.ie have given us a Pair of Entries to give away for the upcoming race on 11th May in Donegal to celebrate joining the Continental National Adventure Race Series(Sport category). One of the best upcoming races of the calendar, this event is not to be missed...   To Enter, pop over to [...]

By | 2019-04-24T14:56:00+00:00 April 24th, 2019|Categories: Competition Time|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Kayathlon.ie Magazine – November Issue

Our November Issue is now available. In an action packed month, we have another wedged issue with articles including Race Previews: The season finale Sea2Summit Readers Race Review: David Power looks back at Quest Killarney Competitor Spotlight: Marie Buicke tells us all about her love of Adventure Racing. How it started and why she keeps [...]

The Inside Track – SCAR ‘ 18

The fifth annual Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race takes place this year on Saturday, October 20th and looks set to be the biggest yet with up to 600 competitors taking part. We took time out to talk to Sean Mahon, Race Director and member of Skibbereen Lions Club about why SCAR is a little different to most adventure [...]

By | 2019-01-30T15:13:44+00:00 October 15th, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Race Report: Quest 12.24

The scene was set. The months of prep were done. Nutrition was dialed in. It was time. Time to step up to the next level. Quest Adventure Series had announced back in 2017 that they were upping the ante. There were calls from the more seasoned adventure racer that they wanted something bigger, tougher, harder. [...]

By | 2018-09-12T13:25:07+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

Kayathlon.ie Magazine – September Issue

Our September Issue is now available. In an action packed month, we have another wedged issue with articles includingRace Previews: Quest Achill, Gaelforce North, FearmanaghQuest 12.24 - A test like no other: We took on Quests first ever Ultra down in the Kingdom and boy it did not disappointRace Nutrition: How to properly fuel during an [...]

THE STEP UP – FROM MINI TO SPORT DISTANCE

Like the thousands before you, you have tried this Adventure Racing lark and you caught the bug. Only thing is now you want to up the ante and move to the middle distance but haven't a clue where to start! well...read on! We constantly get questions about the different aspects of adventure racing and one of [...]

By | 2018-08-15T14:03:12+00:00 August 13th, 2018|Categories: Tips & Tricks, Training|Tags: , , |0 Comments

5 Reasons to Run on Different Surfaces

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 [...]

By | 2018-08-15T14:04:26+00:00 August 10th, 2018|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Kayathlon.ie Magazine – August Issue

Our August Issue is now available. In an action packed month, we have an issue wedged with race previews, Quest 12/24, Off The Bloom, BAR Boyne, Cavan Kayakarun, Top 10 toughest mountains you will find on the event calendar, we try our hand at MTB, Competitor Spotlight shines on 'Because We Can' racer Matt Casey, [...]

GearReview: Ons Cloudventure

So there has been a lot of noise coming from the Swiss Footware company ON's and the general trail running community about the new revolutionary grip technology. We decided to take a closer look DOES IT HELP OR HINDER US ADVENTURE RACERS? Have to say overall they were very good especially in this dry weather [...]

By | 2018-08-15T17:05:28+00:00 August 1st, 2018|Categories: Equipment|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Inside Track – Race2Glory Kiltimagh

Ok, so there are no kayaks, but you will be waist high running through the waterways of Kiltimagh, scrambling under cargo nets, climbing moutains and pedalling like a mad man or woman. That'll do nicely Race2Glory takes place on July 14th at 10am in Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo. There are two options available: a 40km [...]

By | 2018-08-15T16:08:10+00:00 July 13th, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Kayathlon.ie Magazine – July Issue Now Available

Our July Issue is now available. Packed with race previews, Gaelforce West Ultra review, GoPro Hero 6 Review, Champion racer Moire O'Sullivan, and buckets more cool Adventure Racing stuff. Download your copy now!  Or View it online We hope you enjoy it! Issue 3 - June 2018 You [...]

Gaelforce West 2018 – Race Report

It was 6am. Dave Gowan & I sat on the transfer bus, waiting for it to fill up before we were to head off to the rendez-vous point. We were decked out in the brand new team kit but something wasn't right. I was having problems with my socks. When I looked down I was [...]

Kayathlon.ie Magazine – June Issue Now Available

Our June Issue is now available. Packed with race previews, tips & tricks, trail runner reviews, Adventure Festivals, and buckets more cool Adventure Racing stuff. Download your copy now!   Or View it online We hope you enjoy it!

By | 2018-08-15T16:10:49+00:00 June 8th, 2018|Categories: Magazine|Tags: |0 Comments

The Inside Track – DAR Dingle

The Iconic Yellow Jersey. The breath taking back drop of Dingle peninsula. Mount Eagle. Mount Brandon. Ventry Beach. Slea Head. Conors Pass. Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh. An after party and a Dolphin thrown in for good measure. All this and more. It's what brings racers back year after year. That's what we came across last year [...]

By | 2018-08-15T16:11:33+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Quest Wales – Race Report

Let the Adventure Begin! Here at Kayathlon, we often wax lyrical about an adventure race being more than the actual race itself. Well this weekend we headed for Quest Wales and it certainly didn't lack in the adventure stakes. The road/boat trip was well, simply put, epic! The following events I'm about to write [...]

Blackstairs Adventure Race 2018 – Race Report

A fantastic event, a glorious day in Wexford and a post-race BBQ, what else do you want? Actually, the only thing missing were those famous Wexford strawberries, but we’ll forgive the organizers on that one! This race is a must for any Adventure Racer, the 7 steps is well renowned as one of the toughest [...]

Quest Glendalough 2018 – Race Report

19k Challenge Route Report by Padraig O'Connor I had big plans for Glendalough this year. The 57km expert route in 2016 was one of my earlier Adventure races and while I enjoyed it I hadn’t enough training done and it turned in to a slog at the end, 2017 and again training wasn’t what [...]

The Inside Track – Quest Glendalough 2018

The annual pilgrimage to the home of St Kevin is almost upon, but we will be praying for the fine weather we received last year. And early indications are that the gods have been listening to our novenas. It's due to hit the high teens with plenty of sun. In 2017, Quest Glendalough scooped the [...]

The Inside Track – The Race Donegal

Just days to go until more than 80 brave competitors/lunatics take to the mountains, waterways and roads of Donegal where they will push themselves to their physical and mental limits as they tackle one of the toughest 250km Adventure Races in the world. With on average a third of participants failing to complete the course, over [...]

By | 2018-04-12T11:58:31+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

25 Health Benefits of Cycling

Ever wondered how good those miles you have clocked up on the old nelly were for you...well very good actually. Find below an awesome infographic courtesy of the guys at doctriathlon.com. It outlines why cycling rocks and gives you 25 very good reasons to keep cycling! The health benefits of cycling include a never-ending list [...]

By | 2018-03-29T12:18:20+00:00 March 29th, 2018|Categories: Cycling|0 Comments

Kayathlon.ie Magazine – Spring Issue Now Available

Our Spring Issue is now available. Packed with race previews, tips & tricks, endurance fuel reviews, Red Bull Flugtags, and buckets more cool Adventure Racing stuff. Download your copy now!   Or View it online We hope you enjoy it!

By | 2018-03-27T22:45:11+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Categories: Magazine|Tags: |0 Comments

The Inside Track – Quest Kenmare Race Preview

Into The Unknown Usually when there is a race on the horizon, one of our motley crew has done it. Someone to tell us what to expect. But when a brand new race is announced, it gets the imagination going. What do we know about the area? How will the race break down? Will there be [...]

By | 2018-03-12T14:27:06+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Competitor Spotlight – Aine Mahony

Fresh from her heroics at Gaelforce Dublin, we caught up with top ladies podium placer in the Expert route, Aine Mahony. She kindly agreed to go under the Spotlight. What is your name? Aine Mahony Where are you from? Cullahill, Co.Laois How old are you? 30 Occupation? Physiotherapist in the Mater University Hospital, Dublin What got you into Adventure [...]

Race Review – Gaelforce Dublin

All week I watched the weather, worrying about rain, wind, frost and even snow. If you are familiar with the Dublin mountains, they tend to have their own eco-system. Where the rest of the capital may be drenched in sunshine, the Dublin mountains can be slow to loosen the grip of recent weather fronts. As [...]

By | 2018-02-26T13:55:08+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , , |4 Comments

The Inside Track – Gaelforce Dublin 2018 – 49k Route

You may be forgiven for thinking that Dublin is flat...The hills in Gaelforce Dublin are less forgiving. One thing about Killary Gaelforce, you can be sure anything they put their name against, will really test you. Gaelforce Dublin is no different. A race that put you through your paces with particular emphasis on the cycling [...]

By | 2018-02-13T22:20:39+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Inside Track – Gaelforce Dublin 2018 – 29k Route

You may be forgiven for thinking that Dublin is flat...The hills in Gaelforce Dublin are less forgiving. One thing about Killary Gaelforce, you can be sure anything they put their name against, will really test you. Gaelforce Dublin is no different. A race that put you through your paces with particular emphasis on the cycling [...]

By | 2018-02-14T12:44:57+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , |0 Comments

Irish companies to get tax breaks to install bikes, gym equipment and showers.

You are probably blue in the face from asking your boss, can we stick an auld exercise bike into that unused room in the back! But now, you have even more reason/ammo to ask again. The government is introducing tax breaks for companies to install showers, bikes and other exercise equipment in the workplace. So, wattbikes [...]

By | 2018-01-07T21:04:24+00:00 January 7th, 2018|Categories: Equipment|0 Comments

Injury Prevention – Goose Knee by Lifefitphysio.ie

I write this now, exactly 6 months to the day that I over-cooked my tendons on mount Brandon! Most days of my week are made up of chatting to patients about a very important topic called load management.  This basically boils down to a simple rule to follow which is “Don’t shock your system, fool it [...]

By | 2017-12-11T13:55:23+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Categories: Injury Prevention|0 Comments

Silly Season is upon us…to train or not to train…

Christmas parties and silly season are approaching rapidly. If you are in training, "Oh Crap, I can't do this anymore, it's just not worth it", or "Wohoo!!! Bring it on" are probably crossing your mind when the mention of Chrimbo sesh rears it's head!!! More than likely, you will be swinging out of the work Christmas tree, [...]

By | 2017-12-11T12:59:53+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Categories: Injury Prevention, Nutrition|0 Comments

Trail Running in Winter!

We receive many questions from people new to Adventure Racing and one of the most popular ones is about trail running. What should I wear, how far do I need to run, is it difficult....So we have broken it down here for you all. Hopefully answers some of your questions...but keep them coming! Go green! [...]

By | 2017-11-19T21:15:00+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Categories: Running, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Race Report – Westport Sea2Summit

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 [...]

Race Review – SCAR – by Bernard Smyth

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 [...]

Ann Horan’s Toughest Quest

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

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

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

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 [...]

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! BIG COMPETITION!

Over the last few months, we have been busy working away in the backroom and are delighted to finally announce the launch of our new Adventure Racing Magazine which will be available for FREE DOWNLOAD on Monday 2nd October. As part of our launch, we are running a competition. We need a front cover and [...]

By | 2017-09-05T17:32:03+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Categories: Media Broadcast|0 Comments

The Inside Track – Quest Achill

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Owen Fletcher

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 [...]

Moxie Adventure Race – Race Review

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

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

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!

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 – Nigel McCord

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 [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Lucy Pye

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? [...]

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

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 [...]

The Importance Of…Listening To Your Body

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 [...]

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