4200ft of climb mostly in the rain
Ireland rightly is thought off as having some of the best golf clubs in the world. Portmarnock, Royal Co Down, Portrush, Old course Ballybunion plus many more rightly take their place in the top 100 in the world. I have done a few trail marathons in Ireland, UK and the US and its trail marathons like Causeway coast and Clare-Burren stand up well with the best. I'll add Tollymore to this list. Coincidentally the route had views over the Royal County Down in places
This was the first marathon that I have run in my home county Down and one I will come back too. In total there was 4200ft of climb and the hilliest marathon I have ever done. My goal for today was 5 hrs (being realistic).
The weekend started with a quandary. Lindsay was taking the car
|Rain absolutely tipping down|
|EAMS, DBRC and CRU|
|Eilis and Anthony|
|huddled at the start|
|At the Shimna river|
|Some EDAC on the first big climb|
|Lillian and I just finished|
bottom of the second climb which was tough and very long. This wasnt runnable for me and I hiked up with Lillian. I was very glad to get to the top but we now had a fantastic view of the mountains and eventually Newcastle with the Slieve Donard and The
We headed off on the second lap and it was still raining. Naturally
|With Colette and Lillian|
A fantastic medal awaited me and a lovely burger and cup of
My Garmin gave up after 4 hrs today and the photos are not great because of water in the lens.
Next up Walton Upon Thames in London next weekend.
Beautiful shot video of the day (above)
Garmin trail route