Maurice Mullins Trail 2018

8th – 1h57m One of the excellent IMRA events, which I completed for the 4th time. Conditions were calm and mild, and a lot drier underfoot thank I’d expected. It’s nice waiting at the start in Ballinstoe. Watching the Ultra runners reach their halfway mark, just as we set off. Fair play to them all. … Continue reading Maurice Mullins Trail 2018


Trail Running in Portugal: Grande Trail Serra D’Arga

  Caminha, Portugal, 26 September 2016 This report is about running two mountain trail races in Portugal in less than 24 hours. I finished the main 33km race in 13th position after 3hrs 22mins of running over 33km. The night before I warmed up with a Sunset run over 17km. I’m sitting in the … Continue reading Trail Running in Portugal: Grande Trail Serra D’Arga

Dingle Adventure Race: 6th time, just as good

I've been looking forward to the 2nd weekend in June since January when I signed up for Dingle Adventure Race 2016. I said last week it was favourite race and favourite weekend of the year - and that's across all my triathlons, running races and adventure races. I first ventured down west in 2011 and … Continue reading Dingle Adventure Race: 6th time, just as good

Wicklow Way Trail: Race Report

I finished 3rd in the Maurice Mullins Wicklow Way Trail race, organised by IMRA in March 2016. Read my race report below. Race distance: 25.5km (Strava activity) Race time: 1:56:51 (3rd place, average pace 4:33, average heart rate 161bpm) Elevation: 826m IMRA races are such honest events. There's no fanfare or cushy extras - just … Continue reading Wicklow Way Trail: Race Report

Killarney Adventure’s

The first weekend in October is now fixed in my calendar as a must-make trip down to Kerry for the Killarney Adventure Race. This was my 2nd year going down –both the race and weekend events lived up to the high bar they set last year. The Race I was delighted to finish 5th in … Continue reading Killarney Adventure’s

Mountain running: the new black?

You see people on the roads these days in a craze of fitness. Runners, cyclists, power walkers, dog walkers, boot camp enthusiasts. What ever happened to football? People played til they were 18 then gave it up. What about going to the gym? Only during the Celtic Tiger. Maybe surfing? Only if you live on … Continue reading Mountain running: the new black?