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Continental National Aventure Race Series Form Guide: Sea 2 Summit

It’s looking like cold and wintry conditions as we head to Westport Sea2Summit for the last Expert and Sport races of the 2019 Continental National Adventure Race Series. This is probably the most difficult race to predict for a variety of reasons….With 2,700 people talking part and being sold out for months there are a [...]

Continental National Adverture Race Series Update – Round 8

We traveled south to Skibbereen for the second last event in the 2019 Continental National Adventure Race Series and after a sunny days racing the final tables are starting to take shape?...we are in for a serious day of adventure racing in 9th Nov in Westport at the final race Sea 2 Summit! In the [...]

National Series Form Guide: SCAR: Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race

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 2019 Continental National Adventure Race Series. Expert While the expert series title was settled when Shane Scully recorded his 5th [...]

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 [...]

National Series Form Guide: Quest Killarney

We are off to the Kingdom of Kerry with 2,000 fellow adventure racers for Quest Killarney, the last event in the Quest Adventure Race Calendar. Sport In the women’s sport series so far we have had 6 different winners so every point counts in the remaining 3 events! Niamh Garvey has lead from [...]

Gear Review: Road ID App – Safety First

With the day light hours getting shorter and the night’s drawing in, we shift our attention towards training and more importantly training safety. If, like us here at Kayathlon, you like to head off into the trails to catch some miles, some peace and some quiet, then you are more than likely going to be [...]

By | 2019-10-03T14:47:41+00:00 October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Equipment, Tips & Tricks|Tags: |0 Comments

Yoga for Athletes – Part III

In a previous issue, we examined Tree Pose and all its magical benefits-one of these being that of enhanced focus and balance, using what is referred to in yoga as, ‘drishti’ or point of focus. This is where we fix our gaze on a stationary point, be it an object, an extended finger tip, our [...]

By | 2019-09-30T20:50:39+00:00 September 30th, 2019|Categories: Injury Prevention, magazine extract, Yoga/Pilates|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Race Preview: Tuff Inish Adventure Race

Back now for another year, we see the 12 hour/ 132km Donegal race taking competitors again to the edge of their physical and mental abilities. This is what experienced adventure racer, Andrew Wallace told us before the his first outing last year... Quest Killarney would be my biggest race any year so this will be [...]

By | 2019-09-27T14:10:07+00:00 September 27th, 2019|Categories: Race Previews|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Continental National Adverture Race Series Update – Round 6

?Continental National Adventure Race Series update ? After a mighty day racing at the inaugural Quest Lough Derg the Continental National Adventure Race Series points tables are starting to take shape. Six events are now completed and athletes chasing points now have just 3 events left in all categories, Quest Killarney, SCAR Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race [...]

By | 2019-09-25T22:01:38+00:00 September 25th, 2019|Categories: National Adventure Race Series|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

Tyres: The All You Need to Know Guide

For any Adventure Racer one of the most important things you use is your bike…and one of the most important components of your bike is the tyres. Tyres are your only, and very small, contact with road. It’s important to have a stable and predictable tyre in all conditions especially in Adventure Racing where the conditions [...]

By | 2019-09-07T09:19:50+00:00 September 7th, 2019|Categories: Cycling, Equipment, magazine extract|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

Race Preview – Boyne Adventure Race ’19

This Saturday marks the return of the Boyne Adventure Race for its 3rd instalment. With two distances, 35k Battle and 50k Warrior, to choose from this year, not to be cliché, there really is something for everyone. Don’t be fooled by the relatively flat ground surrounding Trim, Co. Meath, the race organizers have done a cracking [...]

By | 2019-09-03T22:58:09+00:00 August 22nd, 2019|Categories: National Adventure Race Series, Race Previews|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

The Cavan Kayakarun – 10 Years On!

Community Is Everything Community is an important thing, it gives us our identity and helps define who we are. It gives us something to be proud about and it helps shape what we do. In Maudabawn, Co. Cavan 10 years ago in May 2010, a group of friends were having a pint and as [...]

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 [...]

Dot Watching

Dot Watching...For those looking on from outside the circle, the entertainment value cannot be described or quantified. Watching a red dot jux position, intermittently around a map, for hours on end. I mean, what is there not to love about this edge of the seat entertainment! So what exactly is "Dot Watching". This is a term [...]

By | 2019-07-12T22:24:49+00:00 July 12th, 2019|Categories: magazine extract|Tags: , |0 Comments

National Series Form Guide: Gaelforce West

We’ve just had an epic day of racing at the Dingle Adventure Race 2 weeks ago but there’s no rest for the competitors in the Expert Category of the Continental National Adventure Race series as this weekend sees the return of Gaelforce West to the series. The weather gods look to be smiling and it should [...]

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

National Series Form Guide: Dingle Adventure Race

The Continental National Adventure Race series heads to Dingle. After the epic event at WAAR in Donegal a few weeks ago we move to the other end of the country, south to the kingdom of Kerry and then to west Kerry for the Dingle Adventure Race. Expert In the women’s expert category Ellen Vitting [...]

Competition Time: Win a Pair of Entries to the Dingle Adventure Race

It’s shaping up for an awesome weekend in Dingle in 2 weeks time as we head to stunning West Kerry for the next event in the Continental National Adventure Race Series - Dingle Adventure Race. We have a pair of entries up for grabs for this legendary race on June 8th. Entering could not be easier. [...]

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 [...]

National Series Form Guide: WAAR.ie

An epic battle is on the cards as the Continental National Adventure Race series heads to WAAR in the beautiful Donegal this weekend! The first of the new events in the NARS 2019 sees over 600 adventure racers head to west Donegal for the Wild Atlantic Adventure Race where they will run on what’s been [...]

Yoga for Athletes – Part I

As adventure racers we are conditioned to moving non stop from discipline to discipline, from biking to kayaking, hill running to paddle boarding. An inherent advantage of multi-sporting is that we tend to utilize and tap into a lot more muscle groups than many other single discipline sports. We work into the various anatomical planes, [...]

Win a Pair of Tickets to the Blackstairs Adventure Race + Race Preview

Now Competition Time! Head over to our Facebook page and follow the easy on screen instructions and you could win a pair of entries. Race Preview (Extracted from Kayathlon Spring '18 Magazine) The Blackstairs Adventure Race - Sunday May 5th 2019. 3 steps, 5 steps, 7 steps. This what they call the [...]

By | 2019-05-10T16:18:47+00:00 April 30th, 2019|Categories: Competition Time, Race Previews|Tags: |0 Comments

May Bank Holiday Weekend Race Preview

The event calendar shifts into overdrive this May with 8 races to tickle the fancy. On the Bank holiday weekend alone, there are 4. Gaelforce Connemara, TEAR 12/24, Avantcard Blueway AR & the ever popular Blackstairs AR. Killary Gaelforce Connemara returns for its 10th year. 10 years. It says it all about this legendary day that [...]

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

Race Report – Quest Glendalough ’19 (Sport)

Glendalough, like for so many others, it's where it all began for me. It was here back in 2016 when an out of shape ex GAA player first cut his teeth into Adventure Racing not realizing what would happen next. It had been 6 months to the day since I last raced and that was [...]

Competition Winner – Continental Adidas Terrex Trail Runners.

WINNER WINNER!!! We got entries by the bucket load but unfortunately we could only pick one tagged photo. Congratulations AllycatKinsella, you have just won an awesome pair of Adidas Terrex trail runners with premium Continental Outsole Grip. They will be sure to help you cross many more finish lines. Your photo really reflects the [...]

By | 2019-04-16T13:53:53+00:00 April 16th, 2019|Categories: Competition Time|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Race Report – Quest Glendalough ’19 (Expert)

On the face of it the 59km Expert course doesn’t seem overly daunting, there are longer courses out there on the Adventure Racing calendar, but don’t be fooled, this is one of the toughest course you will take on...8 cramp inducing stages, 1,000m of climbing over 40k cycling, 800m elevation gain on 4 quad burning [...]

National Series Form Guide: Quest Glendalough

After a wild wet and windy opening event in Quest Kenmare the second round of the Continental National Adventure Race Series rolls in to Quest Glendalough....and hopefully the weather gods will be smiling down on us Expert In the women’s Expert, it’s round 2 head to head between Laura O’Driscoll and Ellen Vitting....hard [...]

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

Quest Kenmare Photos Now Up on Facebook

Hi guys, Just a quick one to let you know the photos from Quest Kenmare have just been posted on our Facebook page. Pop over and see if you can find you yourself :)  

By | 2019-05-08T13:43:50+00:00 March 4th, 2019|Categories: Facebook Announcement|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

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 CHALLENGE 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 | 2019-09-27T20:57:02+00:00 August 13th, 2018|Categories: Cycling, Kayaking, 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

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