Interview with The Race Ambassador Mark Beaumont

Mark Beaumont is a Scottish record-breaking endurance cyclist, adventurer, broadcaster and author. He has made a number of documentaries of his achievements with the BBC and we are thrilled to announce him as an ambassador for The Race 2016. We caught up with Mark to chat about his past experience, training for The Race and the difference between physical and mental preparation for an endurance event.


What are your reasons for wanting to compete in The Race?

MB3For a long time I have wanted to explore Donegal, and what better way than The Race! It will be a very different sort of challenge for me, as I am more used to expeditions that last weeks or months, so I am excited and rightfully nervous about the prospect. The Race will certainly be a good motivator to keep the training steady over the winter months.

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Magnet Networks named as headline sponsor of The Race


Ireland’s leading cloud telecoms company Magnet Networks is set to partner with The Race for the third running of the event to be held in Donegal, Ireland in March 2016. The announcement is a boost for ultra-endurance racing in Ireland and will go a long way towards establishing The Race as one of the world’s premier endurance events.

Commenting on the partnership, Mark Kellet, CEO of Magnet Networks says, “Magnet is delighted to partner with The Race to support a great fundraising event for a very worthy cause and one of the worlds’ toughest endurance races. It’s a real test of human endurance and mental strength for elite racers from around the world”

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Interview with Abina Whelan

You mentioned that adventure races are a relatively new hobby for you, so what exactly is it about The Race that has attracted you?


I wanted to have an event over the winter period that I could train for. The long distance appealed to me as I have more of a diesel engine for longer events than a petrol engine for the shorter faster events. Even though I have never done a distance like this before I am feeling motivated and enthusiastic.

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Interview with John Boyce

You've taken part in The Race before, however unfortunately you suffered a bike malfunction. Has this increased your determintation to complete The Race 2016?

John Boyce

It has for sure, when you stand on the start line you are nervous. You just don't know how the body is going to react so you prepare as best you can. But you don't consider the bike breaking down. You live and you learn. Not finishing The Race was hard, I felt horrible for weeks after. I didn't want to talk to people about it. This time, I just want to finish.

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