On Your Marks....

We like to run, a lot. My background is in GAA and playing so much football and camogie gave me a great start for other sports. Since I stopped, along with our climbing and polar ambitions I've turned my attentions to running. In 2017 I ran my first marathon. It was tough, but obviously not too tough, as I ran my second one just a month later across the Mourne Mountains! I recently ran the Dublin Marathon for the first time and hopefully it won't be my last, it's a great race with incredible support all the way around. More recently still I ran my first ultra across the hills of north Cork, 73km in the teeth of Storm Denis! You can read a bit more about that here see a video here that will give you some idea how wet it was and see how I finished up here.

Running fits really well with our other training and ambitions, you have to be fit to climb big mountains or ski long days with a pulk behind you, besides being really enjoyable, so we'll keep adding to our tally of races. In September we have two big races, a 93km night race in Kerry and an 80km race through some of the most scenic parts of Wicklow, then a 10km sprint along the Dublin Mountain Way. We'll take a break from racing for a while after that as we'll be getting ready for the next stage of our polar challenges which should see us spend a full month skiing.  Keep watching, see how all of that goes!