Juju's Adventures had a wonderful day in the company of our French Stag party. They started out with some Fat Biking. The rain was torriental but that wasn't going stop this determined group of guys. Thankfully, the clouds cleared and the sun appeared for our guided trail run around Glendalough. We had a great 11k run around the lakes and up to the Miners Village. The guys were truly impressed with the beauty of Glendalough on such a wonderful evening. They had a great laugh on route and the groom to be had a few tasks to complete!! Well it wouldn't be a stag without a bit of hijinx 😜
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Chapter 4 of my journey around Ireland to run, scramble, climb or die!
By looking for tougher routes with ridges, steep grounds and gullies not for the faint hearted!! Mapping out the routes myself using Osi mapping & on line GPS or Google earth I come up with great plans. And always have a PLAN B for safety like today's route soon as we made it to the top after the 1st ridge which had snow on it in places and wild winds not to be playing with...
We scrambled our way with myself leading a safer path for Nicola & Lynda as they never been on such grounds & I was teaching them to deal with such ridges for a skyline race were all doing this year. Coumshingaun Ridge was wild but I loved it... Not sure the girls loved it as much as myself.. Maybe to wild, cold for there bodies but I know there happy to be off the mountains self...
From ridge it was all go with navigation skills in the dense fog on the snow running on open mountains which as many know that's tough going. About 2/3km in we get to the point of cliff face so navigation skills were easy from there so just ran along side the cliffs decending down a beautiful mountain with lots of snow, icey patches and bog holes but fun.. Soon meeting the gap and then for a tough climb to Knockanaffrin summit again the fog was low and sure just follow the ridge line up and back down!!
We had a little rocky scrambling fun up top and then we was all go back down ( which u can see in my films) From there was out and back till 4/5 passing beautiful cliffs, ridges & amazing lakes again you can see from my photos... Ended my route with a ridge and a steep descent is always a full juju route...
Over all am happy in such crazy cold & wild weather conditions getting in about 21km with Iver 2000 meters in total climb with about 6hours moving... Not many stopping dues to how cold it was...
Hope you girls 👭 loved it all.., an experience am sure you never forget!!
A big happy adventure kids trail run for Oisin who was 7 today!
Wow, what a morning.
Well it rained and then it rained some more 🌧🌧.
It stopped some people from getting out on the hills, but not Derek and Susan!
The hike up to Brockagh East was misty, wet and cold but the colours were beautiful and we could make out the neighbouring mountains and hills. It was soggy underfoot with some icey spots but no snow.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable hike with great company 😁
Hey !!! 😜
What a amazing two days of running for us all! My back 2 back trail event went great!
1st day taking in 4 summits with many hills ( highest point 657meters ) & lots of lovely tracks & trails from point to point & a great challenge for those one day'rs let along the 2nd day'rs!
Super well done to you all! Sunny but not to warm & little clouds covering us up on our ways Saturday a good day on the trails for all really! A super good social! & take out on each summit! Some got bee stung from the ( shay Elliot ) bees which I don't think should be resting up on a fire road that 1000's of people pass everyday!! But anyhow we moved on & hope your all feeling better today!
So over all a great day on amazing trails picked & routed out by JuJu & everyone seemed to enjoys!
After a nice meal / beers at Glendalough Hotel Saturday night doe Nic's birthday & a lovely shoe cake everything went good! For some went to bed in rest for Sunday's runs & others stayed out later to party! 🍻 well it was Nic's b day!!!!!! But feeling super strong today for day two on my ( juju ) two day trail run! Today's route started @ 10am with only 2 summits but much tougher hills!
We had nice 2&half km flat warm up then the hills starts to Wicklow gap!😜and from here was tough going to Tonelagee summit 818meters & the over to Scarr summit & then the real down hill fun starts for most of us!!!
Again an all over great planned weekend ( sorry for those that didn't make it ) always next time... But for those that did well done with your nearly 2000 meters of climbing with 54km running & just over 8hours of running or power hiking !
What ever you did super well done!
Weather played a good part for us this weekend ! & just as we got back on Sunday the sky looked dark & the thunder done its thing !!! We were back in hotel just in time ( even tho juju loves running in that kind of weather )😜
Sadhbh turned 5 and we celebrated in style with all her friends 🎈🎂
We played cat & mouse, we stacked sticks, ran relays, jumped and had so much fun with everyone.
And just when we thought we couldn't have any more fun, we had a river dip and played skimming stones.
There was a big surprise when Sadhbh got back - her mum had a beautiful princess cake ready for all the boys and girls in the woods 🍰🍰
We hope Sadhbh had a wonderful birthday party and think everyone will sleep well tonight....I know I will 😎
It was great to be back out with The Adventure Kids this morning. We jumped, we ran 🏃and we learned lots of trail running drills!! There was also lots of midge swatting but that didn't stop any of our kids...
The forest was full of fun. We had quiet kids, loud kids, speedy kids and funny kids but everyone had a super time.
The kids all LOVE river dipping and today was no exception. They splashed, jumped, rolled, head dipped and lay in the water. Crazy kids but happy kids!!!!
Can't wait to see you all next time 😊
A super duper 6th birthday party trail adventure to Noah who had his birthday with us today. What a great trail party we had with all his friends. We had rolling, jumping, running, relays, tumbling, hopping & much much more trail fun in the forest. All the kids loved it. The adults rolled and tumbled down the hills too. Their smiles said it all and the kids loved cheering them on; "MORE...MORE" the kids were saying! Juju put the kids in teams, racing against each other. Each team had to play a mind game & then race off to the ladder where they jumped over each step of the ladder & then raced off again to the marshals who were the DADDIES! Then they had to race back to their teams! It was an all go race and only one team could win!!! There were two mind game races so everyone got to win! Happy kids! 😎 After this game juju had lots of more lined up....a non-stop 2 hours full of running drills & games keeping the kids happy all day! Not all the kids had the power to keep going so they took a break and stood to watch and cheer on the kids that still had the power to keep running 😎. We finished with the tug of war 'with a difference'... no-one gets to win in the "juju tugs". It's a fun game for all where everyone pulls and tugs. The rope is one BIG knot and everyone gets hold of it and pulls!!!! We can safely say all the kids will sleep well tonight😎!! So thanks for sharing your special day with us Noah. Your cake & birthday buns looked really nice... We found it hard to keep our hands off 🙃😃😜 See you all on the juju trails soon Peace Juju ✌
Today we had the pleasure of leading Nathalie and Mark on a looped walk starting at Oldbridge and heading up onto Kanturk and then Scarr. A real mixed day with sunshine and showers. Thanks for joining us today Mark and Nathalie we hope you enjoyed the walk as much as we did.
Transvulcania ultra 74km race.
Mountains of volcanos, beaches, forests, tropical island just like Madeira which I've ran before helping me with the training for La Palma but how to plan for the heat!!
La Palma is a beautiful little island with lovely natural beauty everywhere, Our race had it all with incredible mountains with a lovely backdrop of islands pecks near by.
This race had very technical tracks, tough & brutal but fun 😜 hills that never ended ( which I loved)
jagged rocks for miles, slippery downhill sandy paths that ripped our feet lots as well as the little stones from the sand lots of sand! Few people was wearing gathers but I went against using them "less is more" I kind of like the feeling of little stones in my shoes anyhow !! There was so much scree & hard on your eyes you really needed sun glasses on this route. We had to scramble up long brutal & tough hills!! But like all hills once up there's always nicer downs & I ripped down all the downhills😜🏃🏻😱
I started using my running poles about 25km in & used them till the end & they came in great I loved them as their were strong but light in my hands! they also helped me stay upright when I hit that wall from the heat! When Geogre had passed me out he looked back to see was I ok & said he you didn't look good as I was pending over on my poles trying to beat the heat😱
The hardest point on this race for me was the heat it really did kill me I had passed out from it & think I was like a zombie for 2-5mins stopping to rest from the beating sun / heat every now & then on the mountain! Not a good feeling at all I wanted to get sick! Lots of people were helping me & I got up trying to find any shade from that sun!!! I just couldn't breath ! The others from our team love the heat but not me am more a rain, snow & fog man!!!! Once I made it very slowly up to the shade & into the woods which I must say gave me my mojo back as I was about to give up about 50k in!! Nicola Cleary had passed me as well as David Turk & said the same you don't look good juju! I told all to keep pushing I'll be fine...That heat really killed me so much! Passing out isn't good for the body I was really sick!!
The race mountain rescue helpers came over to me at one point giving me the full testing & saying your not good to carry on !!😳💥☀️ & I said NO WAY am going to push on I think they tried to stop me but I ran off !! Hoping they didn't take my number down & give me a DNF at the end!! So known there was only 24k left my race started & had to push on & was super happy with myself at this stage as I was running like I always do ripper on the super techie rocky steep down hills just playing really I can't write how tough that track was but it was fun passing out lots of runners while they where walking downhill.
Most was walking down due to its steep slippy & rough rocks but for me it was jujus playground & loved it all!!! passing all out again the shock on people's faces as they all thought I was well gone & passed out!!! I passed Nic out too ( sorry I didn't stop ) I was going to fast! Then passed Dave think he said WOW you recovery fast !! Thanks for your hugs dude!!
That DH was the steepest hill I ever ran down in my life very dangers and I did see many hurt them selfs on it!! 😱 I was very lucky!!
I'd say the pain in their legs wasn't a nice feeling anyhow I met a lovely couple who we all ran with each other by REALLY they knew how to run fast down them rocks which I loved the most!!!
Soon we came to the view of sea & WOW that super rocky zig zag path all the way down think about 15k maybe less not sure but I loved it so much racing it all jumping everything & just letting go no fear tap tap tap it's my the best fun all day!!!! Juju was back & feeling stronger then ever before!!!
And then when you think it's all over its not as the ultras had 5k left UP HILL & it was SUPER TOUGH & virtual too!!! But pushed on in pain my body had hit its max of running so 4-5min km pace down hill with lots of champs but knew if I stop I will never start again! Lots of people on the streets had water for us but I couldn't drink it & had it dropped over my head to cool me off! It worked too😜😎 last 3k or so was flat & it was my race so time to give it all & pushed on passing lots of people all in so much pain ( I felt the same ) trying to help a few people too as they fell over in pain!! But needed to keep moving & soon came to end last 1k to see 1000's of people everyone outside the cafes pushing us on at this stage I was crying lots as for my pain of such a very tough adventure with that dam heat !!!!!!!! & then seen that lovely mat & gave it socks push push push I was very happy that I could push that fast on my forefoot staying nice & light tap tap tap to the end of the race!!!!!
GREAT to see My friends George & Sam at the end...
My GPS moving time 13hours 7mins over all race time 14hours 22mins 26secs!! Not the best but happy I didn't give up!!
Thanks for reading peace & juju hugs to you all..
Big thanks to the MSR team Greatoitdoors for everything..