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Corcaigh, Ireland

Endurance

Maurice is proud to be a real life Ironman

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. 

Earn your SCARs on the Wild Atlantic Way

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.

Lough Allua charity swim

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.

Clonakilty Road Runners and Fit4Life

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.

Derval lends support to Bay Run ‘12 Half-Marathon

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

West Cork swimmer completes latest endurance test in Hawaii

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’s Clare heading for North Pole

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.

West Cork Tri Club notes

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

Steve completes gruelling swim down-under

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

Sheep’s Head Easter Run

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.

Steve takes on the Oceans 7 Challenge

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.

Superb performances from West Cork mountain bikers

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

West Cork Tri Club Notes

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.  

Indoor triathlon – Clonakilty leisure centre

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.

Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon

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

Last chance to enter Clon marathon

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

2012 West Cork Duathlon

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.

Tri talks at the Quality Hotel

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.