The Race is a 250 km unsupported endurance event across the rugged landscape of North West Donegal. To finish competitors have to complete 15km of kayaking, 166km of cycling, 5km of mountain running and 64km of road and trail running. It is the ultimate 24 hour test of endurance.Read More
I was a complete coach potato throughout school and university and started cycling when I was 29. My first sportive in 2008 was the Bangor Coastal challenge and I was so convinced that 60 miles was impossible that I parked my car half way round just in case! I had to get a lift back to my car and I have had a love affair with the bike ever since.
I started running about 7 years ago and unfortunately managed to break my knee cap and tear my patellar tendon in a bit of a freak accident about 5 years ago. I was told that I would never run again. I had a long and slow road to recovery and started to gingerly jog again. I decided to learn to swim in January 2013 to help with my rehab. I couldn't swim at all when I started and I was terrified of being out of my depth. 9 months later I was at the start line of my first indoor triathlon not sure that I could swim 30 lengths. I survived and decided to do Wasdale Half Ironman - taking in the UK's two steepest roads and a run up England's highest peak - nothing like picking an easy one for your first 70.3. Despite being kicked in the head in the swim and having a mechanical which rendered my bike a fixie, I finished and I was hooked!
What I lack in speed I make up for in sheer determination (some might call it stubbornness) and The Race presents a wonderful opportunity to test my limits, learn a new skill (I am learning to Kayak) and try something new.
What has followed has been a whirlwind of two Ironman - UK and Sweden, several half Ironman, multiple triathlons, the City to Summit Iron distance Duathlon, Connemarathon and lots of half marathons.