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ITERA Expedition Race – A Highland Journey in the Making

ITERA EXPEDITION RACE SCOTLAND 2019 Teams from all over the world will arrive in Inverness in August for the ITERA, an extraordinary 5 day non-stop expedition adventure race. Trekking, kayaking, climbing, canyoning and mountain biking through the magnificent scenery of the Scottish Highlands is the main attraction of course, and so is the reputation and sports [...]

By | 2019-03-14T13:20:53+00:00 March 14th, 2019|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Beat the Post Race Blues

This is a piece I wrote about beating that post Ultra race blues. But let's face it, you don't have to have completed an Ultra to the get the lows of post race come downs! It can happen to anyone after completing any distance. Hopefully this will set you straight :) ======= You have completed your [...]

By | 2019-03-07T11:21:53+00:00 March 7th, 2019|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , |0 Comments

National Series Form Guide: Quest Kenmare

Adventure Racing season officially gets underway this weekend in Kerry as Quest Kenmare plays host to the opening round of the Continental National Adventure Race Series 2019. With Continental Tyres as the title sponsor for this year there are some super prizes up for grabs at the end of the season and also along the [...]

30 Commonly Used Phrases in Adventure Racing

30 Commonly Used Buzz Words in Adventure Racing If you are a first timer to Adventure Racing, you might be wondering what the hell everyone was spouting on about. Well get ahead of them and drop a few of these beauties into your next AR related conversation...transition seamless ;) Barkley - A course that [...]

By | 2019-02-18T22:53:34+00:00 February 18th, 2019|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Continental Tyres to Become Title Partner of the Irish National Adventure Race Series

Newsflash!!!! We are delighted to share the exciting announcement that premium tyre manufacturer Continental Tyres has agreed to be title partner of the Irish National Adventure Race Series in conjunction with Series founders Multisport Adventure Ireland and promotion partner Kayathlon. The National Adventure Race Series enables the recognition of the phenomenal athletes who take part [...]

The Accidental Yogi by Laura O’Driscoll

Before Christmas, I noticed a new fitness class designed for Athletes being announced on Bookface which made perfect sense and I was surprised I hadn't heard of anything like it before. It was a yoga class designed to build strength and flexibility along with all the other good things you get through Yoga. These are key [...]

Opportunity…when one door closes…

Opportunity noun - "a time or set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something". Last October, whilst training for my season finale, I busted the ligaments in my ankle out on the Trails. Busted them pretty bad. For the first two or three weeks i was laid up, foot in a space boot elevated [...]

We Need Your Vote!!!

We are delighted to be shortlisted in the Outsider Magazine Awards 2018 for 2 awards. Most Devoted to the Outdoor Scene (professional) & The Audience Choice award. The latter being a public vote. We work tirelessly here at Kayathlon HQ to bring you everything you need to go (or take up ?) adventure racing. We strive to keep you [...]

The Invisible Racer

The big day beckons. You begin to zone in at the task on the horizon. You taper. You watch what you eat. You start to get more sleep. You make sure your kit is ready. You make sure nutrition is boxed off. Your bike gets a quick service. Your transport and accommodation is sorted. You have [...]

By | 2019-01-22T17:42:55+00:00 January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Motivation|0 Comments

Adventure Racing Workshop – Bikefit Physio

Are you new to Adventure Racing or looking to brush up on your skills? If so, check out John Phelan - The Bikefit Physio. He is running a limited spot workshop this coming January. John Phelan BSc MSc MISCP, PS, it’s a non-alcoholic beer! John hails from Dungarvan and is making a [...]

By | 2018-12-18T10:56:20+00:00 December 18th, 2018|Categories: Tips & Tricks|0 Comments

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 | 2019-01-30T15:10:04+00:00 November 13th, 2018|Categories: Book Review, Nutrition|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Form Guide: National Adventure Race Series – Sea2Summit

In the Expert category the womens title has been settled but Laura O’Driscoll will be looking to finish the season on a win and it’s hard to see past her taking the top spot here on the Supreme course. Leading the charge of challengers will likely be Lorraine Horan, Siobhan Murtagh and Sonia Knox. Local [...]

By | 2018-11-07T10:00:36+00:00 November 6th, 2018|Categories: Form Guide|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

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 Form Guide: National Adventure Race Series – SCAR.IE

Adventure Racers are heading to the southern coast this weekend for the Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race SCAR to battle it out in the penultimate event for both Expert and Sport categories in the 2018 National Adventure Race Series. With titles still on the line and more importantly scores to be settled and previous bests to [...]

By | 2018-10-19T10:18:45+00:00 October 19th, 2018|Categories: Form Guide|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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

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 Form Guide: National Adventure Race Series

The National Adventure Race Series rolls in to Quest Killarney this weekend and we have a look ahead to how we think things might go! In the Expert category the ladies series looks to be wrapped up with Laura O’Driscoll on maximum points with 4 wins from 5 starts...the on form racer at the moment [...]

By | 2018-10-02T11:45:57+00:00 October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Form Guide|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

Race Nutrition

We have all seen sometime, somewhere the heroic footage of Alistar Brownlee carrying his brother Johnny across the line, after he hitting the proverbial wall. This was partly due to running out of fuel and not getting the balance right. It can happen at all levels. Hopefully what we have outlined below will help you [...]

By | 2018-09-17T20:42:00+00:00 September 17th, 2018|Categories: Nutrition|Tags: , |1 Comment

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

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

GearReview: GoPro Hero 6

This time round I’m taking a look at the GoPro Hero 6 Black. As a Hero 4 Silver owner, the lack of waterproofing without the dive casing and resulting poor sound quality with the case on had me very intrigued with the Hero 5 & 6 which offered waterproofing straight out of the box, no [...]

By | 2018-08-15T14:05:55+00:00 August 10th, 2018|Categories: Equipment|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Have you tried your hand at MTB?

Our very own Dave Gowan, an avid adventure racer and endurance athlete has been trying his hand at Mountain Biking and tells us his about his experience I’ve spent the last 12 months or so dabbling in some mountain biking, predominantly in the local trail centres. For the most part but certainly not [...]

By | 2018-08-15T17:16:08+00:00 August 7th, 2018|Categories: Cycling|Tags: , |0 Comments

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

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 [...]

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 Ultra 2018 – Race Report

Gaelforce West Ultra is a brand new event in the adventure racing calendar and hopefully it is here to stay!!! Those good folks at Gaelforce don’t mess around, this was never going to be a walk in the park and with an expected finish rate of less than 50%, those brave enough to take it [...]

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

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 [...]

Race Report – The Race Donegal 2018

The Race 2018 – a 250 km unsupported endurance adventure race 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’s called the hardest endurance event in Ireland and for good reason….but it’s [...]

By | 2018-04-20T13:12:02+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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

Bump, Bike & Baby by Moire O’Sullivan – Book Review

Moire O’Sullivan is a phenomenal athlete, I have met her at many events on the adventure racing calendar over the past couple of years, usually exchanging a few pleasantries at the start line before she flew off and left us mere mortals in her dust and she always has time for a friendly word of advice [...]

By | 2018-03-13T09:36:49+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Categories: Book Review|Tags: |0 Comments

Quest Kenmare – Race Review

I decided to kick off my adventure racing season with Quest Kenmare. I knew that I had put in a solid winter of training and attempted to address my weaknesses from last season. I started regular strength and conditioning classes in a bid to develop glutes of steel and bullet- proof my body against injury. [...]

By | 2018-03-12T17:06:14+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Categories: Race Reports|Tags: , |1 Comment

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

Gaelforce Dublin – One year on!

With Gaelforce Dublin less than 2 weeks away (Sat 17th Feb), we spoke to seasoned adventure racer, Barry Dempsey, as he reflects on his race (49k route) last year... As a regular recreational Adventurer Racer when Gaelforce announced a new event in Dublin in February, i thought yes an event i can go to and [...]

Race Review – Art O’Neill Challenge – 53k Ultra

As a last minute entry to the Art O’Neill Challenge I probably wasn’t taking it quite as seriously in the weeks leading up to it as I should have. There were 5 of us that were planning on running together, safety in numbers and with me as the designated navigator! We managed to squeeze in [...]

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 [...]

The Inside Track – Westport Sea 2 Summit

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

The Boyne Adventure Race – Race Report

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

Dave’s Equipment Review…Pedals

Pedals To clip or not to clip…. That is indeed the question. There’s no doubt that I’m opening a can of worms here and I’m sure both sides will argue the toss. Those of with any sort of cycling background know the added benefit of clipless pedals, the kind that you ironically “clip” into. The [...]

By | 2017-08-14T17:40:59+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Categories: Cycling, Equipment|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Off The Bloom – Race Review

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 [...]

Red Bull 400 – That’ll get the blood pumpin’

Our man Padraig O'Connor flew the Irish Flag on the RedBull 400 Challenge... And here is how it went down or Up in this case!!!   I stood in the starting area, 75 other competitors beside me of every age and nationality…and all looking a lot fitter then me and like they knew what they were doing, [...]

Dave’s Equipment Review…Tyres

A question that continually pops up and will be argued until the end of time is: What tyres should I be using?? With so many influencing factors, from chatting to your mates to checking out what the competition are running at a recent race, it’s easy to see why this question pops up more than most. [...]

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 – Ciara O’Neill

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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