First Mountain Run

I woke up this morning feeling tired.

That’s no surprise as I had my 1st night mountain run last night. Whoop Whoop..

Long story short, Paul and I have decided to take on more responsibility with the planning and running of the Boru3Peaks event.

We set off for Tountina (practically my back garden growing up) to rendezvous with Orla Foley and Malachy Sheeran to run the mountain in darkness so as to map out hazardous zones and pinpoint exactly where to place marshals on the night of the event.

I had not climbed Tountina from the Graves Of The Leinsterman side in many years and was surprised to find a new pathway had been etched up through the masses of heather and gorse giving a nice route straight up to the Station at the top.

I must say it’s a fantastic experience ascending as the night is closing in.

We rose high above Lough Derg with those fantastic views out over East Clare to be met at the summit with rapidly fading light and blankets of fog all around.

We then ran over the top & down the other side to meet the track which would eventually lead us onto the road again.

The head lamps we wore are fantastic, they gave us great visibility in the dark and almost made me feel like I was in my very own video-game, trying to avoid holes, swamp and loose rubble on the track Mario style.

Head lamps are also available when you register for the event at Killaloe/Ballina Community & Family Resource Centre. (Shameless plug, yay!)

It was quite a productive evening and I feel everyone including myself is clearer and feeling more relaxed about what their roles entail etc.

I am going to try get down to Clarisford Park Run this Saturday to join the others for a jaunt around.

I will have more progress and updates from everyone else next week.

Thanks for reading,

Naoise