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Episode #152 The Art O’Neill Challenge 2022 Ellen Vitting & Alastair Higgins
31-01-2022
Episode #152 The Art O’Neill Challenge 2022 Ellen Vitting & Alastair Higgins
A super Art O’Neill special this week featuring Ellen Vitting who was first lady home in the Art O'Neill Challenge in a great time of 7:05:18 just a couple of minutes ahead of second place, and Alastair Higgins who won the overal race in a pretty incredible time of 5:53:33. For those who haven’t heard of The Art O'Neill Challenge it is a unique event, organised by, and solely for the benefit of, Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team. Its 60km route retraces the historic escape from Dublin Castle that happened on January 6th, 1592. That night, Art O'Neill, his brother Henry, and Red Hugh O'Donnell broke out of the Castle and made for Glenmalure, to safety. On a freezing night the three made their way on foot and without the benefit of winter coats, having had to leave them in their cells. Henry and Hugh both made it to safety but sadly Art, for whom the Challenge is named, succumbed to hypothermia along the way. This win adds to a long line of great results for both Athletes Ellen won the 2021 National Adventure Race Series in Ireland and has a second place finish the Excel Sports Seven Sisters Ultra Race, and Alastair has an incredible 4th place finish in Spartathlon. Click here to find out more information on the Art O'Neill Challenge Click here to enter the Excel Sports Seven Sisters Race Click here to join The Mourne Mountain Adventures Guided Tours Click here to join The Inspirational Runner Facebook Page
Episode #151 Ross Jenkin 4@40 UK Mountain Round Challenge 387km 31,800m
23-12-2021
Episode #151 Ross Jenkin 4@40 UK Mountain Round Challenge 387km 31,800m
It’s been a couple of weeks since the last episode was released but the wait was worth it as we have a 2hr feature with the round machine himself Ross Jenkin, who earlier this year completed all four of the UKs infamous Mountain Rounds within the same week. The well known English Bob Graham, The Welsh Paddy Buckley, The Scottish Charlie Ramsay and our local N.Ireland Round The Denis Rankin. The challenge involved 152 summits, with 387km (240 miles) of challenging terrain with 31,800m (104,331ft) of ascent, and Ross amazingly completed the four @ forty challenge in less than 7 days which it quite astounding numbers add to the show notes if you’d like to take a look. Ross who has been a beacon of light for those struggling with mental health and depression completed the challenge for CALM  (Campaign Against Living Miserably), I’ve added a link in the show notes if anyone would like to donate for this increasingly important charity. THE BIG 4 AT 40 – OVERVIEW OF KEY DETAILS   Paddy Buckley Round (North Wales)I Distance: 98K + 8,534 meters of climbing I Time: 25:36:09   Denis Ranking Round (Northern Ireland) I Distance: 90K + 6,500 meters of climbing I Time: 23:02:49   Charlie Ramsay Round (Scotland) I Distance: 93K + 8,700 meters of climbing I Time: 29:07:43   Bob Graham Round (England) I Distance: 106K + 8,233 meters of climbing I Time: 32:59:51   Click here to donate to CALM Ross Jenkin Fundraiser Click here to enter the Seven Sisters Skyline Discount Code INSPIRE10
Episode #140 Martin Cox The Fine Art of Performance Coaching
08-03-2021
Episode #140 Martin Cox The Fine Art of Performance Coaching
We have one of if not the best coach that I have had the pleasure of talking to Martin Cox from Vo2 Max Coaching, he is a world class athlete who has been on the top flight in mountain running for numerous years. He has rubbed shoulders with some of the best coaches the world has ever seen which along with his own experience in racing is where he learned his skill, his passion for the sport and the athlete’s he coaches shines through in this episode, he is an amazingly interesting guy and there is no doubt in my mind that he could significantly my performance as an athlete. 1984 – Starts running at 10 years old. First competitive road race in 1984, age 14. It was the Huncote Half Marathon, Leicester. 1987 – Began training under Paul Blissett at Leicester Coritanians, coach to distance running legends Craig Mochrie and Phil Makepeace. 1996 – First international vest, 4th place in the Inter-Counties XC, and a debut half-marathon of 64 minutes in Bristol. 1997 – First competitive mountain race, Mt Roy in Wanaka, New Zealand. 1998 – Moved to Chamonix to train and race full-time in the Alps. 1999 – Completed first track-racing season working with renowned distance running coach Arthur Lydiard. 2002 – Wins second World Cup. Finishes 3rd at Sierre-Zinal and 4th in the World Mountain Running Championships. 2003 – First mountain marathon – Graubuenden in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. 2005 – First ultra-marathon – The Kepler in Te Anau, New Zealand. 2008 – A career highlight – second place in the Jungfrau Marathon. 2009 – Branching out into the Extreme Sport of Snowshoe Racing. 2010 – First year as a veteran. Wins Inter-counties Fell Running Championships and runs first road marathon in 2 hrs 27 minutes. 2013 – Completes a number of ultras, including the Swiss Alpine Marathon and The Himalayan 100. 2019 – Aged 50. New races on the road and in the mountains, including the Comrades Marathon and Subida Pico Valeta. https://www.vo2maxcoaching.com/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/MourneMountainHikes https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheInspirationalRunner