6 people from the town-represented Tipperary on the event including two members from the Tipp wheelers cycling club. Tommy Byrnes, Martin Hickey, Tony Delaney, Martin Kirby Jnr, Mattie Crowe, and the brave Karen Ahearne.
Stage 1 It was an early start from a quiet beach just outside Delphi were nearly 2400 competitors set out for a 14k run through tracks, fields, and bogs.
Stage 2 then took us to kilarry harbour where 2 people would share a kayak and paddle across the killary Bay 1.6k to the next stage of the event.
Stage3 Exiting from the kayaks stage, a 4k run across the side of a bog, which proved very tough, brought us to the bike station were the bikes had been dropped off the day before.
Stage4 The bike transition was a welcome factor after all the running. The cycle took us through 32.5k of tough hilly Connemara roads and off road tracks right to the base of the mighty Croagh Patrick Mountain.
Stage 5 The event highlight for all was the huge task that faced every competitor which was the run up and down the holy mountain that proved daunting for everyone involved. The round trip for all up and down was nearly 5k.
Stage6 The final stage was back on the bike, 9.5k cycle/run going around the side of the holy mountain on a very rugged and extreme terrain, where competitors whose choice of bike was a mountain bike, had took full advantage over the competitors with racing bikes. After about 3k of this terrain we then entered back on a sealed road, which took us to down through the quays of Westport to the finish line where thousands of spectators showed up to give support to the competitors.
The finishing times are as follows,
Tommy Byrnes 5hrs 19mins
Tony Delaney 5hrs 39mins
Martin Hickey 5hrs 59mins
Mattie Crowe 6hrs 19mins
Martin Kirby Jnr 7hsr 8 mins
Karen Ahearne 8hrs 28 mins
Well done to all involved.