Female Competitors 2017

2017 will be the first year we have more than 10 female competitors taking on The Race. We caught up with two competitors Sharon Black and Rachel Nolan to get their thoughts ahead of the event.


Sharon Black


1.You first heard about The Race in 2014 and thought it sounded mental and questioned how people could complete it. 3 years down the line and you're a competitor. What do you think is the biggest reason for your mindset change ?

Yes that's exactly correct! I remember thinking it was a huge ask of your body to complete this race distance in 24 hours. However,  having spoken to a few of the competitors after the first year I started to believe that anything is possible when you break it all down and remain headstrong. I have wanted to do it since but other things just got in the way so when the second round for 2017 opened in early April 2016 I bit the bullet and applied. I like a good challenge and this event certainly ticks all the boxes...

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Gerard Callaghan Interview

With the 2017 event fast approaching we interviewed the only competitor on the start line to finish all 3 previous races.  


Have you always been interested in endurance sports ?

Well it would have been up until about 18. From 18 on then it would have been cars, rally cars, racing cars. 

As a young cyclist I finished 7th in the national championships at a junior level and was part of a 3 person team that won an Irish U16 cycling title. From then on however I did nothing in terms of cycling for the next 20 years. I didn't even own a bike other than the original one I had at school. All that energy and interst was directed towards motor sport.

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The Race - Team Event

RACE-17-FB-notice-2 2The Race 2017 is incorporating a team challenge element to The Race for the first time. Teams will consist of 3 people taking on the same 250km race course.

The experience of being part of The Race community is, in our mind, the single strongest advertisement for the event. To this end, we have been exploring ways in which we can expand the reach of the event without compromising the core principals of competitor focus and limited entry. 

To date we have 3 teams competing in The Race and have 2 team places still available. 

To register for one of the final team places please complete the following registration form or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information.

Click here to register. 

Below are the three teams currently set to take on the event this March. 

1. 3 Wise Men

Competitors: Martin Kerr, Martin Gallagher, Shaun Boyce

All three team members are Donegal locals who describe the event as one on their bucket list.

2. Try Hards

Competitors: Shay Downey, Ray Jordan, Paul Kelly

Ray is the CEO of our charity partner Gorta-Self Help Africa who takes on the event along with colleague Shay and friend Paul.

3. The Not Dead Yets

Competitors: Jim Jackman, Michael McNamara, Robert Warman 

A Limerick based team taking on The Race for the first time. 

The Race and NorthWest Triman

NorthWest Triman and The Race
We are delighted to announce that The Race 2017 has joined forces with the NorthWest Triman and will be presenting the male and female winners of both The Race and NorthWest Triman with complimentary entries to each others races next year. 
The North West Triman is an ironman distance triathlon which takes place in the beautiful surroundings of A Coruna, Spain. This years race is to take place on the 25th of June
Both ultra endurance races attract experienced athletes and this partnership aims to establish and broadcast the leading competitors in this category and as a result create highly competitive races.
We are excited and looking forward to welcoming the NorthWest Triman winners to Donegal for The Race 2017.
If you wish to find out more about the Triman event click on the link below.