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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

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

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

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: , , , , , |2 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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

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: , , |3 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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