Interview with Paul Tierney

What differences do you notice in training for The Race as opposed to a Marathon?

Paul TierneyMarathons and me have never actually gotten on! I've done a few just to tick the box or to run them with friends but my GoTri Adventure clubmates can testify to how my eyes glaze over at the mention of road marathons. I've full respect for people who do them but I definitely struggle with them. If someone mentions a mountain ultra marathon in the middle of winter at night time... I'd be straight in for that!

I do fairly long runs as part of my training but they tend to be on mixed terrain. In terms of training for The Race when I competed the first time my training was different from my normal training in that it was a bit lower on intensity and just longer. I had thought that I'd be holding back all through the race so I'd last to the finish so that's how I trained, somewhere around the low to mid 80s for percentage effort. However when I lined up on the start line and the whistle went all that went out the window... I started racing! And to my surprise I was able to keep a stronger pace up than I expected for longer than I expected.

Where I fell down was not keeping the fuel flowing in due to frozen hands and flavour fatigue. So for this year I'm planning on training to a slightly higher intensity, closer to my normal training for adventure racing, and hopefully I can improve on my time from 2014... and I'll be getting some better gloves!

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Race Report 2015

 010PDAt 6am on the 7th of March 2015 67 competitors set out for the second running of The Race. 250 Kilometres and 24 hours later 41 competitors had completed the course.

Diane Beehan and Sean McFadden became the first Irish competitors to win The Race, finishing in 18:43:57 and 15:05:30 respectively. Several hours later our final finishers crossed the line after 23:58:58 with only 1 minute and 2 seconds of time remaining. These times and numbers, however, tell only a fraction of the story.

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Thank You


Thanks to all the amazing volunteers at The Race 2015.

We would like to thank all the individuals and organisations who gave up their time to help at The Race. The energy, enthusiasm and expertise they brought to the event was extraordinary. Without this commitment The Race would simply not have been possible.

Below are some of the organisations that were integral to the success of the event. On behalf of The Race and our charity partner Gorta - Self Help Africa we would like to thank everyone who contributed.

1. Gartan Outdoor Education & Training Centre
2. Civil Defence
3. Irish Red Cross
4. An Garda Síochána
6. Rathmullan Cycling Club
7. Rathmullan Sailing Club
8. Errigal Cycling Club
9. Glenveagh National Park 
10. White Harte Bar, Rathmullan 
11. TGC Bar, Doochary 
12. North West Volunteering 
13. Extreme North 
14. Whoriskey's Filling Station, Ramelton
15. Letterkenny Triathalon Club
16. Rathmullan Resource Centre 

Interview with Ken Healy

You mentioned that your longest cycle prior to signing up was 40km. The Race must have been a bit of a jump into the unknown for you, why did you decide to compete?

KENHEALY1I entered my first multisport race about 4 years ago and loved it.Id been doing martial arts for the previous 30 years so it was a huge change.I trained hard for a few races but discovered I didn't need to really train that hard to compete in them. The best I got was 2nd place in one and I took my foot off the pedal after that.

When I heard of the race last year I knew that this was what I was waiting for,going from 5hrs racing to 24hrs and having 6 months to do this (and a newborn baby lol)I knew would be a massive challenge. When I was competing in judo tournaments you could train and fight perfect but your opponent could be just better then you on the day and you could lose,with a race of this size if YOU can't finish,if YOU give up,there is no one to blame but yourself and I couldn't resist this.

The furthest Id run was 12 miles and cycled 40 km so I knew I had to be ruthless with my training.I approached this with a simple plan....I'd do two to three 1hr sessions between running and biking during the week, take a rest day,then run or cycle as far as I could go and take another rest day,the following week I'd just make sure I ran or cycled further then the previous week. Whenever I knew the weather was going to be bad I'd make sure I'd be training in it.

My last running session I ran 30miles and my last cycle session was 170km so the training alone for this race has completely changed me.

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