Wednesday, November 1, 2017

THE KERRY WAY ULTRA 2017





200km distance, 9 check points, 20,000 feet of climb across mountains, fells, woodland, trail, bog and the occasional bit of road or runnable trail, a Master Class of Trail Running oh and don't forget the crazy weather which hit us 30 hours in.Having done the last 2 years of this course once with Tina for the Kerry way 2015 secret project make sure you check out my blog post for it below and then last year I did  the full race going under 38 hours for the Kerry Way in 2016 again blog is below for last year. But I wasn't planning doing this race this year so signed up for the ridge ultra which I was lucky enough to win now that was another crazy race, you can also read about that adventure on this blog and I also did few other small races but in June of this year I turned 45 and as a surprise my wife paid for my entrance to this race as a present(after telling me all year I can't do it again lol) I was so happy and she was going to crew me like she always done so out of nowhere this was going to be one of my highlights for the year and it didn't disappoint, it was through and through the most enjoyable race as always.




Tuesday, August 1, 2017

ACHILL ISLAND BACK TO BACK ULTRA 2017










So as always i am bad at writing these race reports but my pictures tell a way better story so enjoy them and ignore my bad spelling and grammar lol.This was my first race since the ridge ultra which had taken its toll on the body as any race of that distance would.But felt good and rested going into it.Lashed by the ocean, carved by the wind and swept by the rain, Achill is one of Ireland’s most spectacular and beautiful places


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

THE RIDGE ULTRA 2107




                                         


         Here we go the ridge ultra race report 

Gortin to Killeter         DISTANCE 36 miles (58 km)


So myself ,Rose(my wife and epic crew captain) and Pat arrived about an hour before the start of the race, it was here we Learned that only 7 of us Will be taking part as there had been a few drop out So it's here we met the amazing Sammy and Adrian from Atalsrunning links above who were running the event which was in its first year this year and all going well would build to big event attracting people over the next few years and eventually to a full 269-mile course in2019.So we signed in and got some amazing swag a running top buff and really nice jacket you'll see them in pictures below. The day was very hot already and little did we know what effect the weather would have on this event typical Irish weather all four seasons in one day So we all got to know each other while we waited for the race to start and l have become really good Facebook friends with most of them already so the race begins at a little Village, named Gortln, 8 miles out of Omaha There the seven runners, all male, that had decided, like me, to take on this Incredible challenge Torn had flown over from America, Jivee, from the Philippines and now living in Belfast and Alan and peter  from England and Barry ,Pat and myself from Ireland made the  field of runners for this, but looking around as always I felt out of place with these ultra-runners all super fit and skinny looking were I have no talent for running more of a ginger work horse back of the pack slow and steady. So after a quick briefing very quick and a few pictures it was 10 o clock and time to go so we had 48 HOURS to get to the finish, myself and pat thought this was way too generous but little were we to know it was a tight cut off time in the end. So as write this report please be nice in ur comments I’m not very good at writing race reports only taking pictures but I Will try my best

Monday, June 5, 2017

LAKES OF KILLARNEY MARATHON 2017







It was an amazing day as Athletes competed in the Lakes of Killarney Marathon and Half Marathon in May . Set against the backdrop of spectacular Killarney National Park where over 400 runners competed in the event. For me this was always going to be a training run for the big challenge at the end of the month THE RIDGE ULTRA. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

BALLYHOURA TRAIL MARATHON APRIL 2017









This was a really enjoyable training run and was well worth the trip to Kilfinnane.  The day looked like it was going to get very wet and cold so I decided to travel  with a bottle and a small back pack for a few gels and jacket, hoping that I would be able to get water from one of the marshals somewhere along the route if I needed it. This was my first run back since my Wicklow Way attempt in december where i was very sick during the race and has taken me a while to recover after it. I quickly settled in to a nice pace. There was only a handful of people running the route and this served to make it feel even more like a training session as opposed to a race. The route wound it's way along the road out of kilfinnane until i hit the start of the trail through the first forested area. It basically followed this pattern for the rest of the morning with short road sections linking nice forest tracks and open mountain tracks. There was lots of ascent and descent to cope with so combined with the mix of terrain it worked perfectly as a first long training run. 5 hours  after i set off, i arrived back at kilfinnane . The organisers had dinner laid on for all participants so i had a nice munch before i set off back for cork.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

kERRY WAY ULTRA 2016




The beauty of waking up each morning with fresh eyes the fresh outlook
the next 40 hours laid out in front of me you have no clue what's going to come your way
just the unknown of life and what is it going to bring to me this next few days day

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

RUN THE RING DAWN TILL DUSK 2016




I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run…to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that.Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you're not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you're not demanding more from yourself - expanding and learning as you go - you're choosing a numb existence. You're denying yourself an extraordinary trip.Some seek the comfort of their therapist's office, other head to the corner pub and dive into a pint, but I chose running as my therapy.Sometimes you've got to go through hell to get to heaven

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

VARTRY 100 MILE ULTRA MY REDEMPTION

Redemption is something you have to fight for in a very personal, down-dirty way. Some of our characters lose that, some stray from that, and some regain it.
A man walks down the street He says why am I soft in the middle now Why am I soft in the middle The rest of my life is so hard I need a photo opportunity I want a shot at redemption 






Monday, December 7, 2015

EDDIE MURPHY MEMORIAL SIXMILEBRIDGE ULTRA RACE 53 MILES



So this race was going to be my last ultra of the year.I was going into it still feeling the effects of the kerry way project and giant causeway ultras i had run 6 days apart,also a busy few weeks in work a 15 hour work day the day before 3 hours sleep all added up to me simple saying i was wrecked

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

TOP SECRET PROJECT KERRY WAY ULTRA OUR REDEMPTION






In our lives we will encounter challenges that we will fail at.How we Deal with the failure we attack another challenge head on for our Redemption.So for Tina and myself this weekend it was our chance,for me it was the DNF at Vartry 100 mile ultra in April for Tina it was the DNF at the Kerry way ultra only 4 weeks earlier.What lay ahead would change us both and bring peace of mind.Together we stand, together we fall, together we're winners, and winners take all.
We had our 9 check points just the same , and the idea was to complete the loop in one continuous go, all as per the official race rules which we stuck to.This report will have alot more pictures then information as i am not the best at writing this stuff down  so i hope yee enjoy my effort.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Giants Causeway Ultra 2015







My feet felt as light as helium balloons and my adrenaline thumped like boiling oil as we sprinted off the starting line. It had been 4 weeks since my last ultra running race so i was thrilled to feel so good.so what I had ahead was a good day out, a few lessons to learn, a deeper understanding of my limits, I think, and a head full of amazing imagery from a spectacular setting.but also the first time I have ever got so annoyed in an ultra race .

Sunday, August 30, 2015

ACHILL ULTRA MARATHON 2015

Been a long while since my last post and I have had many adventures,marathons,ultras since my last post to many to write about but this weekends ultra has inspired me again hope yee like.





Tuesday, October 28, 2014

DUBLIN CITY MARATHON 2014




OK THE MARATHON THE REALLY WAS A RACE OF 2 HALF'S FOR ME

THE STONE MAD ULTRA




STONE MAD is a two day, Multi-Stage Marathon through the Heart of Ireland.STONE MAD Ultra Marathon (Day 1- 62km / Day 2- 55km*)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Monday, June 17, 2013

5 YEARS 10 AND 1/2 STONE LOST TO GET TO THIS 100KM ULTRA IN PORTUMNA FOREST GALWAY


During a marathon a person lives through one lifetime, but during an ultra an athlete lives through a few lifetimesThere’s something special about 100km. It’s not ‘only 50’ miles, which is eminently do-able if you’re the least bit trained. It’s not the epic 100-mile distance, which carries you through the night and into the next day. Sixty-two miles pushes you over the edge into the realm of philosophy; you have to dig deep to get it done, but you’re still showered and in bed by midnight, to lie there and contemplate what amazing thing you’ve just accomplished.

LIMIRICK MARATHON TRAINING RUN FOR MY 100KM IN JUNE




Did this marathon as a training run for my 100km in June ended up loving it an will do it again next year for sure really nice course and amazing crowds

Sunday, March 3, 2013

CLONAKILTY BACK 2 BACK MARATHONS 2 MARATHONS, 2 MEDALS, 2 T-SHIRTS, 1 WEEKEND. TRULY ORIGINAL.









Men and women who race at distances longer than marathons—also known as ultrarunners—are by reputation and reality a strange, obsessive, and somewhat socially awkward lot.

Monday, November 19, 2012

LIVERPOOL MARATHON 2012 SO LONG TO ANOTHER PAIR OF SHOES





Running

Running, running.
Can't run fast enough
Just need a way out
Just need another escape
Running, running, until your soles bleed
Running, running, until your soul is gone
Running, running, just need to hide
Running, running, running from life
Running, running, running from yourself
Running running it just won't stop
Running, running this heart keeps beating..