Well, we did it..! Crossed the start line at 0900hrs on Saturday 26th and crossed the finish line at 12:49hrs and 56 seconds on Sunday 27th.
Our overall time was 27 hours and 12 seconds, (clock stopped for the water crossing) 37th out of 65 finishers. 96 teams started on the 26th.
Despite serious challenges we were at 80k on a time of 19hrs 15mins! To find out how we achieved that and for even greater tales of woe and courage in the face of adversity over the final 20k, attend the night out on Saturday 03rd October! To save anyone asking, no, we didn't sleep. We were either moving or resting to make running repairs and take on fuel.
There are not enough good things to be said about the team members, and by the team I mean walkers and support. In relation to support, I think I may have actually put on weight during the event! Many, many thanks. Remember. We went in to this at short notice. 9 weeks of training, less whatever was taken out for injuries and already booked holidays. The achievement is all the greater. Roll on next year...
Great Night folks! Photos are gone out. If you didn't get them let us know...you have to have been there to avail!! No spectators, only participents, in this organisation!
To every one who gave cash donations, encouragement, practical and passive support and who texted, called and wished us well, massive 'THANK YOU'.
We raised close on €4000, primarily from the direct support and response of our own members and their immediate family friends and colleagues. Many thanks to Schering Plough for matching the donations made to Noel. Thanks also to Baileys (Diageo) who did not forget us and gave our sponsorship a huge boost early on. 2010 is approaching faster than you think, and I am hearing competitive noises from a number of locations! Next year should be interesting! Again a great big 'Thank You' to everyone.......
Great Run Valerie!! 4 hours 37 mins 58 secs! You did yourself and us proud!!! Looking forward to seeing you back and hearing all about it, we know it was tough but when you think back to 90 seconds of jogging as your starting point some 20 weeks back you just have to be walking tall!! That's what commoitment gets you.Brilliant!
The Christmas Party was a great success! lots of liquid refreshments, good food, and the time just flew. We more or less occupied and held the top floor of the premises which is an indicator of the size of the crowd, and it was great to get to meet the ex-members who dropped in.We made a small presentation to the Support Team from Trail Trekker for taking such good care of us last September, and the last stragglers finally trailed out some time after 3am. Many thanks to all who attended, it was great to see you all there and to spend the time in more civilised surroundings for a change. Everyone looks decidedly different with their good togs on!
Well done to all participant teams in the much delayed Pud Buster that finally got under way on 06th Feb! Winning team - Three Little Ladies and a Lad! Only five points separated the top four teams so it was a close run thing. Weather on the day was very kind with bright sunshine and by the time it snowed that evening we were safely ensconced in Comiskeys disputing the results!
Many thanks to those who took the chance and took part in the first challenge of this type we have run. You'll be running with an advantage at the next one!
Well done to Liz, Paul and Niall who took part in the inaugural Mud Run on 27th Feb. The run was in aid of the MS Society and the lads raised sponsorship for the event.All that slogging through the sessions this past winter could only have been a good thing!
Good luck to all who are taking part in the Great Ireland 10k Run in the Phoenix Park this Sunday! All that training is behind you and now just enjoy the event! We'll be rooting for you!
Be part of something amazing this September 4-5th! TRAILTREKKER challenges teams of four to walk 100km through beautiful Irish terrain in 36 hours.
You will start the route together, walk through each checkpoint together and finish together, trekking by day and through the night. The Irish event is one of 14 Oxfam challenges worldwide. Every year thousands of participants take part in these events, succeed in finishing and raising funds for Oxfam. You can be one of them!
The route will begin in the stunning Donard Park, Newcastle, Co. Down. The signed trail consists of ten sections, each approximately 10km apart, traversing the foothills of the Mourne Mountains, the Ring of Gullion and the hills of the Cooley Peninsula.
Be prepared for undulating, rugged forest trails, picturesque country roads and short sections of challenging mountain terrain and many superb views along the way! the welcoming finish line will be in picturesque Carlingford, Co. Louth.
To find out more or sign up visit www.oxfamireland.org/trailtrekker
Ifg you still have questions avbout any aspect of the event, please get in touch by phone or email:
Dublin Office T: 01 635 0406 or Belfast Office T: 028 9089 5972
They did it! Three teams across the finish line at great pace!!
Sole Sisters - 25:36:13
Soler Powered - 26:06:01
Military Fitness Mates - 28:05:38
Trekking through the day, night, rain, countryside and all other obstacles put in their path, the teams left Newcastle, Co.Down at 0700 on Saturday, arriving 100km and 500m later in Carlingford Co.Louth.
No sleep was taken (unless they did it on the move1 Longest break was 45 minutes and a couple of 20 minute and 10 minute breaks.
Congrats to all concerned on a great achievement. Looking forward to our night out on the 18th to hear all the details from each team!
Good luck to all members taking part in the Dublin Half Marathon on Saturday 18th September!
We know you'll do great and look forward to hearing all about it.
See you for some refreshments later that evening!
Carol from our Malahide group will be running the Cliffs of Moher Half Marathon on 25th September.
Carols first effort over this distance, and we know she'll do great!
Good luck! And enjoy the scenery!
The first ever Irish National Skiathlon will take place in St Johanns, Austria on Thursday 17th March 2011 - St Patrick's Day!!
Katie ( variously of Malahide, Park, Glasnevin depending on her hectic Schedule ) is competing.
The event is multi discipline consisting of swim, x country ski, biathlon shooting, and trail run.
Katie has been training hard all winter and is ready to go!
Good luck Katie, we'll all be thinking of you!!
Well done to all who took part in the Frank Duffy 10 Miler on Saturday 20th August. Special mention and congratulations to Tom Turner on coming 3rd in his age category! Kicked Ass Tom!! Good stuff!
Great result Veronica!! Well done on a great performance at Gael Force West! Must make a difference not having the flu like last year.
Veronica from Malahide group had a good day Saturday but less so on Sunday! Don't worry girl, Mayo will do it next year for sure!!
Congrats Caroline on a great run in the Wicklow Adventure Race this past weekend. Caroline from our Malahide did the 'Sport' event and even had time to appreciate the views from the top of the Sugarloaf!!!
Dave from Malahide Sessions took part in the Dublin to Wexford charity cycle on Saturday 24th September and did the distanced in 5 hrs 30 Mins. Good job Dave, very well done.
Big WELL DONE!! to Anne on her great run in Sea2Summit last weekend!
Ironman next year Anne?!!
Saturday 03 December 2011. This years Christmas Bash is in Porter House North, Glasnevin.
Finger food, liquid refreshments and the usual banter, see you all there!!