by John Bohane CLONAKILTY native Maurice Shanley completed a gruelling Ironman challenge in Kalmar, Sweden last year. His preparations for this physically arduous challenge were immense as he and his colleagues physically pushed their bodies to the ultimate limit in a punishing training regime as they pursued a lifelong ambition to accomplish their objective of completing the challenge.
IRELAND’S only adventure race which gives 100pc of the proceeds to charity, will take place along part of the spectacular West Cork leg of the Wild Atlantic Way, this October. ‘SCAR’ – the Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race – has already signed up a number of top Irish adventure athletes, including Fiona Meade, Chris Caulfield and Jerry O’Sullivan.
The Lough Hyne Sprint Triathlon, organized by the West Cork Triathlon club (www.westcorktri.com) is now open for registration. Click on the link for more details.
THE 2 Cool for School Duathlon returns on February 24th next at O Donovan Rossa Park, Skibbereen. The adult race will be at 12 noon with the kid’s race at 11 am.
HE’S more used to being in the open water but the tables were turned for record-breaking endurance swimmer Steve Redmond recently as he was the one shouting encouragement for three novice endurance swimmers.
UP to 500 thrill seekers are gearing up for Munster’s biggest adventure trail, the South Coast Adventure Race which will be held this year in Liss Ard Estate, Skibbereen on Saturday, October 20th next.
BALLYDEHOB’S own superman, endurance swimmer Steve Redmond was honoured by no less than the Lord Mayor of Cork recently with a special Civic Reception held in his honour at Cork City Hall.
LAST weekend Garry Minihane and Shane Keohane from Skibbereen competed in the Gaelforce West Adventure Race, which is the largest one-day adventure race of its kind in the world.
MIZEN Rovers host the “Root 2 Crook” five-mile road race from Goleen to Crookhaven, dubbed “the most scenic coastal run in Ireland” on Sunday, August 19th next.
THE “Durrus 5” is a five-mile road race / walk which will be held in Durrus on Saturday, September 8th next. The race / walk is a fundraising event, with all monies raised going directly towards the development of a safe running / walking path in Durrus in the new GAA grounds for the people of Muintir Bhaire.
A CHARITY swim will take place in the scenic Lough Allua between Ballingeary and Inchigeelah at the foothills of the Shehy Mountains on Saturday, August 4th next. The 8km swim gets underway at 2pm swim and is being held to raise money for the Bishopstown Lions Club who will provide the charity funds to local charities in Bishopstown and Inchigeelah.
THERE were scenes of jubilation at Cork Airport on Monday night as West Cork’s very own record breaker, endurance swimmer Steve Redmond returned home to a hero’s welcome. Steve was greeted by wife Ann, children Siadbh and Stevie, family members and hundreds of well wishers, friends and supporters.
MORE than 420 runners turned out for the Dunmanway 10k recently which proved a great success despite the “changeable” weather. The race started in glorious conditions, with many of the competitors resorting to wearing sunglasses and the record turnout ensured a busy start to the race.
FOLLOWING the great success of the Dunmanway 10k last year, the race is back in 2012 for its third year. The race numbers increased in 2011 from 253 to 365 and the entries to date are indicating a big turn out again this year.
THE Clonakilty Road Runners Athletics Club was established in September 2011 and has grown rapidly with close to 100 active adult members. We are an all-inclusive club encouraging people of all abilities to become more active in life. Our members range from those who get out walking a few times a week, to fun runners and those who run 10km races, marathons and ultra-marathons.
IRISH athletics star and Olympic contender Derval O’Rourke is encouraging people to register for the upcoming Bay Run ‘12 Half-Marathon in Bantry on May 6th next. Cork woman Derval said that more and more people should get involved in sports at all levels and the idea of challenging yourself to a half marathon which is set amongst some of the best scenery Ireland has to offer is a fantastic opportunity
BALLYDEHOB endurance swimmer Steve Redmond has successfully completed the 27-mile Moloka’i Channel swim in Hawaii. He swam 44 miles to complete the longest crossing ever crossing recorded for Moloka’i and is also the first Irishman to finish it. He was said to be “relieved and delighted” to complete the swim in the early hours of the morning Irish time. The amazing achievement means that Steve has now completed six out of
BANDON adventurer Dr Clare O’Leary is about to set off on her latest challenge, this time a trek of more than 700km to reach the North Pole on foot from Northern Canada. Dr O’Leary who works at South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel is no stranger to adventure having already reached the South Pole and the seven summits, the highest mountain peaks on each of the seven continents.
You probably didn’t miss that Stephen was successful with the Cook Strait crossing and are now in Hawaii preparing for the Molokai Channel. There will be fundraising events coming up for the final crossing of the strait in Japan. Upcoming RACES: 4th of March Too Cool for School Duathlon 10th of March Fastnet Duathlon Schull 18th of March Valentia Duathlon 25th of March West Cork Duathlon Series 1
CONFIRMATION has come through from Down Under that Ballydehob endurance swimmer Steve Redmond has completed the gruelling Cook Strait swim between New Zealand’s South and North Islands. Steve was greeted by well wishers from Ireland and New Zealand as he arrived at Mana Marina Boating Club, Mana Harbour near Wellington after completing the 26 km swim in an energy-sapping 12hrs 19mins. An exhausted Steve was said to be delighted to
THE Sheep’s Head Easter Run takes place on Saturday, April 7th next with walkers setting off at 11.15am and runners at 12pm from Ahakista. Entry to the 10km run is €15 with proceeds going to Ahakista Rowing Club. Registration is on the day and the race is organised under AAI rules. For more info contact Carmel on 086 832 5310.
by Rory Jackson BALLYDEHOB local and long-distance swimmer Steve Redmond is hoping to become the first person to complete the gruelling Oceans 7 Challenge, one of the toughest tests in international endurance swimming. The challenge, endurance swimming’s equivalent to the seven peaks in mountaineering involves swimming across tough and treacherous sea channels around the globe.
THE first round of an exciting new mountain bike race series kick off at Tracton Woods near Carrigaline recently and there was great success in the event for West Cork based riders. The event was hosted by www.mbcc.ie which is one of Cork’s growing mountain bike clubs. Despite some pretty wet weather in the days preceding the race a large crowd attended on the day with 109 adults signing on
THE multi-town West Cork Duathlon race series will be held in Clonakilty, Bantry and Skibbereen in 2012. The series is suitable for both new and experienced athletes. Payment for one-day licences can be made at registration.
Thursday January 19th 2012 @ 19.30 Stephen Redmond Open water swimming – Stephen talks about open water swimming, the Oceans 7 Challenge and the Fastnet Swim. Note this is also a fundraiser for Stephen’s second Hawaii attempt.
ON February 5th next the West Cork Triathlon Club are organising a members only indoor sprint triathlon at the Quality Hotel leisure centre, Clonakilty. The swim will take place in the 20m pool. The cycle will be on the gym bikes and the run will either be done on the treadmill or weather permitting as an out and back course of 5km.
ALL 1,777 who took part in the 2011 Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon crossed the finish line safe and sound. The weather held out and the marathons’s second annual running was hailed as a great success. Results Full marathon Men 1 Keith Whyte 02:44:18
THE deadline to register for this year’s Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon is fast approaching with final registration on Saturday, November 26th next. The Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon, with a mix of three courses, full marathon, half marathon and mini-marathon is a new fixture on the Irish running calendar. The race takes place on Saturday, December 10th nicely rounding out the running year’s calendar with a final burst of energy. The marathon races
DETAILS of the 2012 West Cork Duathlon to be run on Sunday, March 4th 2012 have been announced. This will be a charity event to raise funds for St Patrick’s Boys National School, Skibbereen. It’s a flat, fast course which organisers say is suitable for novices and speed merchants alike and will include a 6km run followed by a 25km cycle and then a 4km run.
THE West Cork Triathlon Club are organising monthly mid-week triathlon related talks at the Quality Hotel in Clonakilty. The talks are free of charge and open to anyone interested to attend. On Wednesday, December 14th at 7.30pm Lizzie Lee and trainer Donie Walsh will give a run specific talk on how to improve your run times in triathlon with smarter run training.