IM World Championships 2018

Martin Kirwan – The Road to Kona

The Road to Kona I am writing this story as I sit on an Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to Los Angeles, literally on the road to Kona, Hawaii. This trip has been years in the making and to be honest something that always seemed to be just out of my reach over the last…

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Ironman Copenhagen 2018

Ironman Copenhagen 2018 Throughout the lead up to this race I must have read every Ironman Copenhagen race report I could find online. I have read the Belpark reports from 2017 at least 5 times each, looking for any bits of information that could provide me with a better insight in to what to expect…

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Focus on Fitness Race Report August 2018

Race Report August 2018

August was packed full of races. Focus on Fitness athletes raced Triathlon, Road, Adventure Races, and Ironman 70.3. The bank holiday weekend kicked off with the Marine Climb in Dungarvan. The West Waterford AC Marine Bar sponsored Marine climb is a 6 mile road race that starts in Dungarvan. The flat road soon changes as…

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Focus on Fitness July Race Report 2018 )

Race Report July 2018

I keep saying it…. but yet another busy month for Focus On Fitness athletes. UCI Paracycling, ITU Multisports, local triathlons, and Ironman UK where Siobhan Kennedy qualifies for Ironman World Championships in Hawai’i this October. Blessington Triathlon July 1st and Blessington Triathlon was hosted by Belpark Triathlon Club in the beautiful lakeside setting of Poulaphouca…

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I’m Valerie and I live in Idaho…which is the Wild West!

  Trail running means taking precautions for rattlesnakes, bears, mountain lions and the occasional moose! Originally from California I had grown up exposed to the typical 5-10 k runs, and then various distances of triathlons. Moving to Idaho has exposed me to the world of Ultra marathons—something I never would have anticipated being a part…

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Race Report June 2018

Ultra Trail Runs in the USA, Marathons, Duathlons, Ironman 70.3 European Championships and Triathlons Cork City Marathon The Cork city Marathon and Half Marathon took place on the June bank holiday weekend. It was a sell out race again this year with perfect run conditions on the day for the 26.2 mile tour of the…

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Race Report May 2018

Ironman Season kicks off for Focus on Fitness with Ironman Barcelona 70.3 and Ironman Austria 70.3, St Pölten. Valerie Archegia continues with her ultra racing in the USA and locally the evening racing scene is in full swing. Portlaw 5 Mile Race 2 in the Carrick on Suir Summer Series was the Tom Jordan 5…

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Race Report April 2018

April was a busy month at Focus on Fitness.. We came to the end of Duathlon season, the start of Triathlon season and Focus on Fitness held its first Triathlon Training Camp in Lanzarote.   Easter Bunny 5 Mile Charity Run/Walk Easter Sunday the annual Easter Bunny 5 Mile Charity Run/Walk took place, leaving from the RSC…

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Race Report March 2018

A busy March at Focus on Fitness! After a slow start due to the snow Focus on Fitness got busy with everything from Duathlon, to 10 milers, Para-Cycling, Adventure and Endurance Events. Athletes have been racing all over Ireland, England, France and the USA. Cambridge Half Marathon 2018 Kate Nolan had a great run in…

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Race Report Jan/Feb 2018

First Race Report January/February 2018! A busy start to the year for all athletes with another big year ahead for Focus on Fitness. We are looking forward to a great 2018. If you have any goals, events you need coaching advice for give me a call. Ferrycarrig 5 Mile The first weekend of the New…

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Hurling To Triathlete

Hurling To Triathlete – The Journey

Anthony Kirwan’s transition from GAA to Triathlon. I suppose I’ll start at the beginning. I played hurling all my life and loved every minute of it, I played senior for my club Mt Sion and inter county for Waterford.  I met Martin when I had the massive task of managing my club Mt Sion, I needed…

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WAC HALF MARATHON 2017 Planning for 2018

Race Report Nov/Dec 2017

The Final Race Report of what has been a very successful and exciting 2017 at Focus on Fitness. Many thanks to all athletes for their continued support, commitment and enthusiasm. Time for recovery and planning for 2018! Stook 10 Mile This very popular race, with its challenging route is a great run to see out…

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Try A Tri To Ironman Barcelona 2017

My Journey from Try a Tri to Ironman Barcelona

Susan Hayes Try a Tri to Ironman, why and how I came to stand on the start line of Ironman Barcelona 2017! I had never really been big into fitness, sporty in school but as soon as I hit college and my twenties the sport was dropped for nights out and it pretty much stayed…

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Ironman Barcelona 2017

Ironman Barcelona 2017

Back for Ironman Barcelona 2017, how quickly a year goes by! Last year 15 Focus on Fitness athletes took on the challenge of racing Ironman Barcelona, a great success with all crossing the finish line. This year 12 Focus on Fitness athletes took on the challenge, three going back to do Ironman Barcelona 2017, and 9 of…

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October Race Report 2017

Race Report October 2017

The SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon is a favourite for many, including myself as it was my first marathon. This year 12 athletes from Focus on Fitness took part, four first timers and some back upping the distance in preparation for 2018. Focus on Fitness was also Ultra Racing in Boise, Idaho, USA as well as…

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Race Report September 2017

Race Report September 2017

A big month of racing at Focus on Fitness. It kicked off with the Paracycling World Championships and Ironman 70.3 World Championships and finished with Ironman Barcelona. Well done to all athletes from Focus on Fitness who trained hard and raced easy all season! Paracycling World Championships 2017, Pietermaritzburg, SA Seamus Wall and Damien Vereker made…

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Don Ryan Ironman Barcelona 2017

Congratulations to Don Ryan who finished his first Ironman in Barcelona this year. Have a read of his (Ironman Barcelona 2017) story from his brother in laws running blog! Ironman – A Year in the making!  Background: I started running in 2009 with the intention of getting fit, faster and maybe completing a Marathon or two…

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FOF August Report 2017

Race Report August 2017

Celtic Warrior Weekend The Celtic Warrior Weekend took place in The Lilliput Adventure Centre over the August Bank Holiday weekend. This charity event in aid of Autism research has many endurance event training options available over the three days. It is an ideal opportunity for anyone training for Half or Full Ironman distance or anyone…

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FOF July Race Report (1)

Race Report July 2017

Another busy month for all at Focus on Fitness.. Paracycling Road World Cup, Emmen, Netherlands, 30th June to 2nd July The next round of the Paracyaling World cup was held in Emmen in the Netherlands with Seamus Wall competing again. The format was a TT on Friday and a road race on Saturday. The competition…

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FOF June Race Report

Race Report June 2017

TriAthy XI – 3rd June This is one of the most popular races in the Triathlon calendar, and this year was no different. With 4 different race distances and over 2,000 people taking part the atmosphere was amazing; made even better by the good weather conditions. The big race on the day and first off…

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