Magnet Networks named as headline sponsor of The Race

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Ireland’s leading cloud telecoms company Magnet Networks is set to partner with The Race for the third running of the event to be held in Donegal, Ireland in March 2016. The announcement is a boost for ultra-endurance racing in Ireland and will go a long way towards establishing The Race as one of the world’s premier endurance events.

Commenting on the partnership, Mark Kellet, CEO of Magnet Networks says, “Magnet is delighted to partner with The Race to support a great fundraising event for a very worthy cause and one of the worlds’ toughest endurance races. It’s a real test of human endurance and mental strength for elite racers from around the world”

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Interview with Abina Whelan

You mentioned that adventure races are a relatively new hobby for you, so what exactly is it about The Race that has attracted you?

Abina

I wanted to have an event over the winter period that I could train for. The long distance appealed to me as I have more of a diesel engine for longer events than a petrol engine for the shorter faster events. Even though I have never done a distance like this before I am feeling motivated and enthusiastic.

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Interview with John Boyce

You've taken part in The Race before, however unfortunately you suffered a bike malfunction. Has this increased your determintation to complete The Race 2016?

John Boyce

It has for sure, when you stand on the start line you are nervous. You just don't know how the body is going to react so you prepare as best you can. But you don't consider the bike breaking down. You live and you learn. Not finishing The Race was hard, I felt horrible for weeks after. I didn't want to talk to people about it. This time, I just want to finish.

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Interview with Paul Tierney

What differences do you notice in training for The Race as opposed to a Marathon?

Paul TierneyMarathons and me have never actually gotten on! I've done a few just to tick the box or to run them with friends but my GoTri Adventure clubmates can testify to how my eyes glaze over at the mention of road marathons. I've full respect for people who do them but I definitely struggle with them. If someone mentions a mountain ultra marathon in the middle of winter at night time... I'd be straight in for that!

I do fairly long runs as part of my training but they tend to be on mixed terrain. In terms of training for The Race when I competed the first time my training was different from my normal training in that it was a bit lower on intensity and just longer. I had thought that I'd be holding back all through the race so I'd last to the finish so that's how I trained, somewhere around the low to mid 80s for percentage effort. However when I lined up on the start line and the whistle went all that went out the window... I started racing! And to my surprise I was able to keep a stronger pace up than I expected for longer than I expected.

Where I fell down was not keeping the fuel flowing in due to frozen hands and flavour fatigue. So for this year I'm planning on training to a slightly higher intensity, closer to my normal training for adventure racing, and hopefully I can improve on my time from 2014... and I'll be getting some better gloves!

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