Jerry triumphs in tough challenge


ON Saturday last, Jerry O'Sullivan from College Road here in Castleisland won the Sea 2 Summit Sport Adventure Race in Mayo in a new record time of 1hr.43minutes and 36 seconds.

In doing so he captured the Irish National Adventure Race Series Sport title. He was also awarded 'King of the Mountain' for the fastest accent of a snow capped Croagh Patrick.

Under testing November weather conditions, over 1,200 athletes took on the pinnacle challenge of Westport Sea2Summit - one of the country's leading Adventure Races and Jerry was first over the line of the Spirit Category of the race. The gruelling 27.5km course took competitors through an intense series of road running, mountain cycling and a challenging 3k run uphill run along the terrain of Croagh Patrick and finishing with a sea dash and intricate obstacle challenge before finishing at The Mall in Westport town.

There were over 700 competitors in Saturday's race. The challenge included: an 18km cycle; a run up and down Croagh Patrick and a 10km run around Westport.

The other events which Jerry won to become national champion include: The Connemara Adventure Challenge; two races in the Wicklow Adventure Race Series - ' War Glenmalure' and ' War Powerscourt' and the Achill Road Race.

He set new records in three of these events and some included kayaking as well as running, cycling and mountain running.

Jerry O'Sullivan also won three other adventure races which were not part of the national series. These included the 57k Killarney Adventure Race; The 53k Keeperhill Challenge and the Ras na Riochta at 35km.

Crumlin Children's Hospital is the charity partnership of the 2012 Westport Sea2Summit adventure race which raised up on €10,000 for the very worthy children's charity.

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