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
16th June 2017 The last time I swam competitively was over 20 years ago when I took part in the Community Games in Mosney. I’m no fish, but I did the backstroke in the 4x25m medley relay. I diverge. Last Friday I took part in the Leinster Open Sea Swim event in Wicklow Town. They … Continue reading Leinster Open Water Swim: Wicklow
Last time out, down in Killarney, I walked across the finish line. Different circumstance in Glendalough, but same slow saunter under the Quests gantry. Shoulder to shoulder, chatting away to the man who’d been my target for the entire race. I finished just 3 seconds off 3rd place, behind adventure race “veteran” Peter O’Farrell. That … Continue reading Quest Glendalough 2016: 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
While many of you were kicking off your adventure race season in Killarney on 13th March, I decided to look forward to Quest Glendalough on 23rd April. I did a recce of the bike route (Strava route), to learn a bit more about the climbs, descents, road surface and corners. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSbRq_ndqTI Shay Elliott Climb … Continue reading Quest Glendalough Bike Recce
Yesterday was a good day - people were in a good mood due to the YES vote in the marriage referendum, the sun was shining, people were outside - it felt like summer is finally here. I had a good day too - the Rathfarnham team won the Wicklow Way Relay and I did my … Continue reading Wicklow Way Relay: 2015 Report
The kids are back at school, the Late Late is back on Friday nights, the All Ireland’s are there to be won, so time for me to start racing off-road again. Here’s my update on training plans and races for the autumn – especially if you’re doing Wicklow Adventure Race or Killarney Adventure Race.