Gaelforce West is the largest one day adventure race of its kind in the world. It’s a multisport adventure race involving cycling, running, hiking and kayaking. The course is approx 67K and stretches from Glassilaun beach to Westport. En route there are some significant obstacles to cross, including Killare Harbour and the holy mountain of Croke Patrick.
The race breaks down as follows:
14K run…through trails, hilly and muddy
1.6K kayak…across Killary harbour
4K run….through a bog and a little on the road
32.5 bike…starts on sealed roads but ened up on forest track. Very exposed and tough in parts.
5K hike/run….extremely tough asscent and decent of Croke Patrick.
9.5 bike…..along some very tough stretches of road back to Westport.
1K run…to cross the finish line.
This is a very tough race and one that is hard to prepare for given the conditions involved. For some of the Tipperary contingent it was their second time to compete in this race. The sharing of knowledge taken form the race in 2010 proved vital this year as everyone improved on their completion times and new compeditors to the race completed in very respectable times also.
Completion times were as follows:
Barry Hartnett 04:17:27
Tommy Byrnes 04:38:04
Jonathan Forrester 04:54:41
Adrian Ellard 04:52:39
Martin Hickey 05:10:05
Mattie Crow 05:11:12
Tony Delaney 05:19:12
Val Farrell 05:20:25
Tommy Ellard 05:41:57