Athletes ready for annual Bog2Beach challenge
TAKE it from Tena - taking part in the massive north Kerry adventure challenge that is Bog2Beach might just be one of the best things you could ever do!
Taking place on Saturday, May 17, the event - now in its second year after a very successful start in 2013 - will involve running and cycling through some of the most scenic and challenging terrain in the region. As the name suggests, it takes athletes through the muck of Dirha Bog and along the golden coast of Ballybunion, as well as on a cycle over the highest point in north Kerry.
Best of all is that it allows people to complete a variety of courses and to take part in the race in teams - making it ideal even for beginners.
And that is pretty much what north Kerry woman Tena Griffin was when she joined the action in 2013. Her example shows that anyone with a good level of fitness can take part in the big event and enjoy it no end.
"I only started running with the Kerry Crusaders in January of 2013, but managed to complete three half-marathons in the space of three months. What crowned it all was taking part in the Bog2Beach Adventure Race, however," Tena said.
The plucky fitness fanatic had never run an adventure race before, but bravely decided to give it a go. The result? A whole lot of fun.
"It offered more of a challenge to road running and was definitely more fun. I took part in it as a team with David Twomey. David cycled and I ran the course, but this year I'm stepping up to do the advanced route of 69kms and really push myself to the limit!"
"The best thing about it is all the different aspects and types of terrain, from a bog and beach run to a cycle over Cnoc an Fhómhair, north Kerry's highest point. Bog2Beach offers an advanced route of 65kms and a beginners' route of 55kms and I'm looking forward to doing the longer one this year."
Of all the stages, the testing ground of the Dirha Bog was the toughest. "It was a quagmire, but it was also the best fun!"
Her part in the first-ever Bog2Beach increased her sporting confidence no end, with Tena running the Dublin City Marathon later in the year. "But Bog2Beach tops them all and I can't speak more highly about it, in particular the piping hot stew served up afterwards by Tally Ho catering at the finish line. The atmosphere in the town park was amazing with people buzzing and I'm really looking forward to it all again," Tena said.
To join Tena and the other Bog2Beach runners simply log on and register at www.bog2beach.com/precisiontiming.