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Documentary of the Month: Dan Whitehead

Back in mid October, whilst training for Sea2Summit, I injured myself on the trails and as a result was sofa bound. Before long boredom soon overtook me. I was climbing the walls. I hate sitting around. So I did what every self respecting injured outdoor enthusiast would do and scoured Netflix/Youtube in search of some [...]

By | 2018-12-10T15:34:59+00:00 December 10th, 2018|Categories: Documentary of the Month|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Competition Time: Win 2 Entries to Killary Gaelforce Dublin

It's competition time again. Kayathlon have teamed up with Killary Gaelforce to give away 2 entries to the award winning Gaelforce Dublin on March 23rd. We want to celebrate you, your adventures and 2018 in all its glory. So to enter, simply go to our Facebook page, post a picture of your favorite race memory from [...]

By | 2018-12-05T17:46:05+00:00 December 5th, 2018|Categories: Competition Time|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

GB ULTRAS SNOWDON 100 MILES – By Marcus Pletts

The devil whispered, 'you cannot withstand the storm' to which the warrior replied 'I am the storm'. I have been waiting my whole life for an ultra like this. Brutal, tough, unforgiving. This is my perfect battleground. After a DNF in the Jurassic Coast 100, I knew I would have to do some serious training for [...]

By | 2018-12-05T11:32:42+00:00 December 5th, 2018|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

50 thoughts that go through every first time adventure racers head

So you have done the training, cut back on the chocolate, and convinced yourself to turn up for that leap of faith...Your first Adventure Race. What you are about to feel next is normal and you will most likely be able to relate to the vast majority of thoughts listed below. Give yourself a point [...]

By | 2018-12-03T13:31:55+00:00 November 30th, 2018|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , |0 Comments

Race Report: Sea2Summit by Maria Fahy

Sea2Summit saw 2,700 sign up to take on Croagh Patrick and all Westport could throw at them. One of these brave souls was Westport Hotel Groups very own Maria Fahy who decided to take her first steps into Adventure Racing. Let's see how she got on. Maria's Report I started a beginners running group with [...]

By | 2018-11-14T19:00:45+00:00 November 14th, 2018|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

David Gillick – Back on Track

I recently heard an interview with David on 2FM and it really hit home with me. The manner in which he spoke. Not like your normal cliche filled bulls&*t interviews that we are subjected to but to the honesty and down-to-earthness of it. Our paths crossed a few weeks later and we got chatting and [...]

By | 2018-11-13T20:39:20+00:00 November 13th, 2018|Categories: Book Review, Nutrition|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Inside Track – Sea2Summit

All roads lead to Westport on the 10th November. Year after year, this event is sold out months in advance and it's not as if the amount of allowed race entrants is low. Almost 2,500 competitors jump at the opportunity to take part in the event. The atmosphere is something special. The weather the days [...]

By | 2018-11-06T16:05:07+00:00 November 5th, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Inside Track – Tuff-Inish ’18

Starting at 7am Saturday 13th October brings a brand new and exciting 12 hour adventure race. Tuff Inish is a 132k race around the scenic Inishowen area of North Donegal. We spoke to Andrew Wallace about the upcoming race. This event is also the perfect “stepping stone” for The RACE 2019, same sequence, halved distances [...]

By | 2018-10-11T23:14:55+00:00 October 11th, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Race Report: Quest Killarney & Mangerton

So a couple of issues back, I posted an article on the 10 toughest mountains to be found on the adventure racing calendar. The list itself, was hotly debated over a few post race libations. The list was compiled in reference to races completed by those who took part in the discussion. However, there was [...]

Gaelforce North Race Report by Jane Merrigan

Gaelforce North  - My end of season race by Jane Merrigan It was the final race of the season for me, to complete the trio of medals that had enticed me all year, and it would be my longest distance race this year.  Training had been spot on, and up to this point, I [...]

By | 2018-10-04T12:14:16+00:00 October 4th, 2018|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Inside Track: Gaelforce North

Killary Gaelforce are back with yet another no holds barred race in the stunning wilds of Donegal. Donegal has begun to challenge Kerry’s crown as the Adventure Racing capital of Ireland with new races popping up and established races growing in popularity. On 22nd September, the formidable Gaelforce returns to North West Donegal to [...]

By | 2018-09-18T14:30:33+00:00 September 18th, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Competitor Spotlight – Matt Casey

Our next competitor to go under the spotlight has an amazing backstory. Matt Casey shows us that having a "Because We Can" attitude, anything is possible. Read his inspiring story from one crash too many to podium. SPOTLIGHT TIME THE FORMALITIES: Matt Casey. Age 49. Husband to Trish. Dad to four girls. Adventure Racer. WHERE [...]

By | 2018-09-15T22:40:03+00:00 September 15th, 2018|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Lyme Disease Awareness: An Urban Myth Uncovered by Ciara O’Neill

Lyme Disease? So what is Lyme Disease? It's a bit of a buzz term in the world of outdoorsiness. One of those diseases that we regularly hear about but know little about.... How do you get it, what it means to you as an athlete, how do you combat it, Is it contagious etc [...]

By | 2018-09-13T16:01:47+00:00 September 13th, 2018|Categories: Injury Prevention|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Competition Time: Win a box of yummy nutritional LiveYPB bars

It's competition time...again. Win a box of LiveYPB bars. To enter simply go to our facebook page and submit a photo of you in Adventure Race action or training for your next outing. Also the winning photo will make the cover of next months magazine! Make sure to follow/like our page too ;) https://www.facebook.com/kayathlonireland/photos/a.1389602721052918/2093348920678291/?type=3&theater [...]

By | 2018-09-13T15:37:56+00:00 September 10th, 2018|Categories: Competition Time|Tags: |0 Comments

Fear of the Unknown: Pre race nerves

Let me set the scene... It's the night before the biggest race of my life. I'm racing twice the distance that I'm used to racing in a couple of hours. My first Ultra. Reality has kicked in. I'm lying in bed freaking out. The range of emotions and thoughts going through me would make your [...]

By | 2018-09-12T13:33:43+00:00 September 6th, 2018|Categories: Motivation|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Inside Track – Quest 12.24

It was Autumn of 2017 and rumours began to trickle through that something big was coming from the Quest Adventure ranks. Naturally social media and whatsapp groups began to fill with questions and speculations of what it could be. THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT When the details were released, the battle hardened jumped to attention and it started. [...]

By | 2018-08-23T15:39:48+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

7 Ways to Ensure a Good Nights Kip the Night Before A Race

So, are you one of the many, who gets so wound up the night before a race, that sleep just isn't an option. Check out these 7 methods of getting you race ready. Do not overthink it! OK, show of hands how many of us have been lying in bed into the early hours, [...]

By | 2018-08-22T16:56:39+00:00 August 17th, 2018|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Race Preview: Off The Bloom

An updated new course, Pallas Lake & Slieve Bloom. All this and more with the 'Off The Bloom Adventure Race' back for a second serving. We spoke to Race Co Director Jonathan O'Meara about what to expect, what has changed since last year and what it means to the local community. All roads [...]

By | 2018-08-16T16:35:18+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , |0 Comments

1st Time Multisport Adventure Racing by Paul Kelly

The Background For the past few years, I have been running road and trail, taking part in many race events from Derry & Dublin City Marathons to the Mourne Mountain Marathon. I am not exactly the type of person I would regard as an athlete, I have never won anything at any of these [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Moire O’Sullivan

Author, mother, humanitarian & national racing champion. Moire O'Sullivan is literally top of her class. We were fortunate enough to shine the Competitor Spotlight on her. Hope you enjoy!!! What is your Name? Moire O’Sullivan Where are you from? Originally from Derry, but now live in Rostrevor, Co. Down. How old are you? 42 Occupation? [...]

By | 2018-08-15T16:09:59+00:00 July 1st, 2018|Categories: Spotlight|Tags: |0 Comments

Equipment Review – Headlamps

The evenings are getting darker, earlier...For some, that means moans and groans. For others that means woops and high 5's. For those who love trail running, the thought of not having to wait till the early hours to get some night trails in, is a mouth watering prospect. So last night, a group of like minded [...]

By | 2017-08-27T11:55:45+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Categories: Equipment|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

The Inside Track – Gaelforce West

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

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…the calm after the storm

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 [...]

ROAD TRIP!!!

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

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

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

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). [...]

How Exercise Can Help Beat Depression!

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 [...]

The Importance of….Doing your Race Research!

Doing your race home work could be the making and breaking of you! Especially if its your first time competing in that race. Let me elaborate on that. Adventure/multi-sport races are about endurance. Spreading your energy levels out. So not knowing what is around the corner could be the undoing of you. I have seen first [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Mark Young

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)

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 [...]

Gaelforce Connemara – Race Preview

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 [...]

By | 2017-06-12T18:42:29+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Competitor Spotlight – Margaret Erwin

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

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 [...]

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 | 2017-08-27T12:01:21+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Categories: Running, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , |0 Comments

Competitor Spotlight – Padraig O’Connor

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 [...]

So what is next on your race calendar?

About know, if you were one of the lucky 3000 plus competitors who took part over the weekend in either Quest Glendalough or Shore2Summit, you are probably already beginning to plot your next outing. Check out our new and improved event guide for the coming year and get planning... http://www.kayathlon.ie/events Also stay tuned as we will [...]

Competitor Spotlight – Outdoorsy Guy…Ciarán McCann

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!!!

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 [...]

Race week – Carb loading?

With big calendar races like Quest Glendalough & Shore 2 Summit coming this weekend, the queries have started to filter through again. One of the more common questions we receive is on "Carb Loading" and do I need to carb load and if so how much? So before I answer that, lets see why we need Carbs at all... [...]

Conquer Heavy Leg Syndrome

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!

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

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!

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 [...]

Introducing Mike Jones, Our New Blogger

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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…

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

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…

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!

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 [...]

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