Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New Course Record For The Beir Bua Waterford Adventure Race

It was windy and cold but spirits were high at the third Beir Bua Waterford Adventure Race on Saturday (19th May 2012). The race to the finish was nail biting but Tim O'Donoghue from Midleton pipped his fellow elite adventure racers to take first place with a course record time of 3hrs 21mins. He was joined at the podium by a fellow elite athlete, Cork lady, Fiona Meade who crossed the line in a time of 3hrs 57mins. This year also saw the addition of 2 other categories - duathlon and team relay. The local relay team (Philip Harty, Tony O'Mahony, Thomas Walsh, John Horgan) from Dungarvan set a course record with a staggering time of 2hrs45min while local lad Jason Travers won the duathlon race in a time of 1hr 39mins.

Many of the participants said a small prayer or two as they started out from the beautiful 19th century monastic settlement of Melleray, home of the Cistercian monks, but once they got into their stride seemed to enjoy it…for the most part! The challenging but varied course really is a race through time and scenery as participants journey through the beautiful countryside of West Waterford; through Glenshalane Forest, up the Vee and along the Blackwater River, through the villages of Lismore and Cappoquin.

The true spirit of Beir Bua, the Irish for 'be victorious' or 'go grab the win' was expressed in the banter at the post-event reception and prize-giving in Mount Melleray Scout Centre, as participants praised and supported each other while swapping stories of the race and challenges for next year exchanged...roll on Saturday 18th May 2013.

Full race finish times and photos can be seen on www.waterfordadventurerace.com.

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