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Training For The Race Donegal 24 Hour Event

Training continued this week for myself and Steven which includes a lot of time on the bike in the last few weeks.

We have The Race Donegal coming up in 2 weeks in Donegal. It consists of 260km total distance which includes the following;

Stage 1 – Run (22km) Gartan Adventure Center to Lough Swilly

Stage 2 – Kayak (15km) Ramelton to Rathmullen

Stage 3 – Cycle (96km) Rathmullen to Muckish Mountain

Stage 4 – Run/Walk/Scramble (5km) 500 vertical metres gained up and down Muckish Mountain

Stage 5 – Cycle (70km) Muckish Mountain to Glenveigh National Park

Stage 6 – Run (42km) to Gartan Adventure Centre, a marathon along the paths and trails of Glenveigh

To finish competitors have to complete 15km of kayaking, 166 km of cycling, 5 km of mountain running and 64 km of road and trail running. Crucially, they must complete all this in under 24 hours. It is aimed at providing the ultimate 24 hour test of endurance.

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The Race course

The Race Donegal represents a significant mental & physical challenge and we are both looking forward to it. Let there be no doubt about it, this event is a serious challenge.

You can make a contribution to The Race’s chosen charity here

Here’s how next week looks










3 hour bike

5 Mile

10 x 800’s

5 Mile

10 Mile


20+ Mile


8 mile run

60 mins Strength

Bodyweight & Flexibility

60 mins Strength

Bodyweight & Flexibility

20 mins Strength


Charity Partners

One of the recipients of the funds we raise is children’s Rainbows Ireland.

Meetings continued regarding fundraising last week where I had a very productive meeting with their representatives in Crumlin.

Rainbows is a national children’s voluntary service with an average of 6,000 children and young people coming into the service every year throughout Ireland.

Rainbows supports children and young people in groups. There are groups for children and young people who have been affected by the death of a close family member and there are groups for children and young people whose family has changed because their parents have separated or divorced.

Background Organisation Update

Arranging things north of the border has been our primary focus recently given we are hitting there in the first couple of week of running.

I’ve got to say a big thank you to Harold McGuinness from Extreme North Events who has really taken the ball and run with for us.

Extreme North Events runs the Quadrathon which Steven and I took part in last year and I’d really recommend it to any runner looking for a challenge.

We are delighted and grateful that so far we have confirmed the assistance of the following;

Marathon Club Ireland (Valerie Fogarty)

Longford Royal Canal Run (Brendan Doyle)

Balbriggan Road Runners (Colleen McKenzie)

Extreme North Events (Harold McGuinness)

The Hole In The Wall Pub Phoenix Park (Martin McCaffrey)

And dozens of individuals who have signed up to run and assist any way they can.

If you can volunteer or sponsor our efforts in any way please drop us a line here and let us know.

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