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RAID preview 2013

Posted by on 24 October, 2013
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This weekend finally sees an opportunity for us a race as a team together at “The RAID”.  Our Costa Rica Team gets an opportunity to race over the Sperrins which are the largest and least explored mountain range in Northern Ireland. With some of Ireland’s most spectacular and stunning scenery as a backdrop, and although the weather isn’t looking to be anything like the swelter we will get in Costa, it’s the perfect location for the Causeway Coast Crew to give us another great weekends racing. With 2 international Teams competing, Skandia Adventure Team and Team Merrell Denmark , a bunch … Read the rest

Descending from the Stars (Race report – Ultra Trail Mount Blanc)

Posted by on 22 September, 2013
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Descending from the Stars …..

168KM, 9600KM, 3 country’s,  the Ultra Trail Mount Blanc, it has been called the Olympics of Trail running, one of the hardest runs in the world,  but more the attraction was really the Helicopter shots that we saw off the Croix De Bon Home or the Grand Col Ferret in 2011. It was then I decided I wanted to run it. It was a race we dreamed of, imagine the UTMB that would be incredible, Karen , Finbar and I would discuss and be in awe of those who had ran it previously and still … Read the rest

Wicklow Round Report 2013

Posted by on 15 June, 2013
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The Wicklow Round isn’t a race report, but a report of a challenge course of 26 peaks totaling over 120K and over 6,000M climb inside 24 hours. This year it was a much easier call. With zero growth up to the end of March and low temperatures in April we were guaranteed no growth and with following weeks been so bad the grumblings were around that another year would pass. Recce’s done for last year’s attempt had made it far less stressful, and around the 21st of May the weather Models looked as if they would deliver the normal … Read the rest

Morenic Trail, Turino, Italy, 110km 2280Meters

Posted by on 12 October, 2012
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Having had to withdraw from the Wicklow Round this year at the end of May, the Morenic Trail was the only other UTMB 3 Pt Race that I could fit in this year. After the Wicklow Round it was time to get ready for the 5 day expedition Terrex Adventure race in Sterling at the end of August. Giving a month to recover for this one. A week in San Francisco with work meant flying home flying on Friday morning with little sleep and flying out that afternoon at 4:00pm. Arriving in Milan it took along time to pick up … Read the rest

Adidas Terrex Adventure Race – Sterling

Posted by on 29 September, 2012
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Adventure racing can often be about getting to the start line and then to the finish line. For us both were challenging. First Taryn McCoy had to withdraw due to tearing tendon in her foot in June. Lucky for us Mary McBride who Finbar had met at Godzone was coming to Ireland to spend a month at home and was willing to race an expedition style race with a crowd of strangers J.  Then Enda tried to pull out two weeks before as he was struggling with his Achillis for over a month but as we couldn’t get someone at … Read the rest

Adidas Adventure Race Stirling 2012 – Preview

Posted by on 15 August, 2012
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Its just days to go now until this years Adidas Adventure Race in Stirling Scotland. We’re all very excited to be taking on what is shaping up to be a great race. The race will be made up of a broad range of teams from elite teams containing ex World Champions to novices taking on their first expedition race. The schema for the race was published earlier this week and we got our first glimpse of what lies ahead. We won’t recieve the race maps until closer to the event but we now know the structure of the race:

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Wicklow Round 2012 – Report

Posted by on 21 June, 2012
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The Wicklow Round had been lurking in the back of my mind for a number of years. Its something different, a challenge, not a race, an itch that needs to be scratched. These are the main elements which attracted me to the “The Round”. Only now did I consider myself equipped to take on the challenge. The experience gained over the last number of years through Adventure Racing, Mountain Marathons, Navigation Challenges and Orienteering led me to believe I had what was necessary. Thats the logic anyways… funny enough how it would turn out to be my first proper Ultra!… Read the rest

GodZone Adventure Race 2012 – Race Report

Posted by on 25 April, 2012
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I’m not sure where to start this report. I guess I have to go back to December 2011 a month after myself and Karen got engaged. We were busy with wedding arrangements and planning our honeymoon. The destination for the honeymoon was always going to be New Zealand. It just turned out that the GodZone Adventure Race fell around the same time. We both agreed that the return of Adventure Racing to New Zealand was too good to miss. We still needed to find a team. I contacted the race organisers and posted on a number of race forums in … Read the rest

Lost Worlds Causeway Crossing 100K race

Posted by on 3 April, 2012
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I needed to do something while Karen and Finbar went on their super adventure to “Godzone”  adventure race. They had got married on the day of the Wicklow Ultra so its their fault I had to go and look for something else to occupy my mind. Having completed the Art O Neil and looking at the footage of UTMB last year courtesy of Eoin Keith I decided 2012 was going to be the year to pickup 5 points for the UTMB. This has now changed to 7 points in 3 Races maximum. Lost Worlds looked like a really awesome and … Read the rest

Orion Health GodZone Adventure 7th-14th April 2012

Posted by on 5 March, 2012
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Its just a month now until the first GodZone Adventure Race in Queenstown, New Zealand. Myself and Karen will be taking in the race as the final week of our honeymoon. We’re both extremely excited and looking forward to the race (and the wedding of course!) GodZone has been put together by highly experienced adventure racers Warren Bates and Adam Fairmaid. Along with the help of some other highly experienced racers the event promises to be a true XPD adventure. The event team lineup is impressive in itself: http://www.godzoneadventure.com/the-adventure/meet-the-team/
In there own words:
“The races of yesteryear were often raw Read the rest