My second adventure race: Quest Killarney
If you’ve ever doubted the concept of an adventure race, then think again.
Despite never experiencing an adventure race before (even as a spectator!), I’ve now been fortunate enough to successfully conquer two memorable events during 2019 – Quest Wales and Quest Killarney.
Earlier this year in June saw me participate in Quest Wales, a multi-disciplined adventure race comprising of cycling, trail running and kayaking. The event, based in the stunning Snowdonia National Park, threw 27km of rugged mountainous terrain at me and I absolutely loved it! As a result, the adventure race bug was set upon me and led me seeking high and low for my next thrill-seeking challenge.
Luckily, I didn’t need to look too far as we’re lucky enough at Promote PR to be working with the best adventure race series in the world – Quest Adventure Series. So, when I was told about Quest Killarney, the crown-jewel event across their six unique races, I didn’t hesitate in signing up!
Before I knew it, my flights, accommodation, bike hire and 55km course selection were confirmed and I was heading to Ireland.
I was informed there would be approximately 2,100 participants at Quest Killarney, practically four times as many participants as there were at Quest Wales – so I was expecting a mass scale event.
And a mass scale event is exactly what I experienced! From participants, to course choices, to scenery, to camaraderie – Quest Killarney was quite simply breath-taking and hopefully some of these fantastic images demonstrate its beauty.
This epic adventure, offering five scenic routes, involved myself and other adventure racers running and cycling through highly regarded Irish landmarks including the Gap of Dunloe, Molls Gap, Black Valley, Ring of Kerry, Torc Waterfall, Devil’s Punchbow, Mangerton Mountain and Muckross House as well as kayaking across the Muckross Lake, all of which was done in the picturesque Killarney National Park.
My 55km route specifically entailed 39k cycling, 0.8k run, 1k kayak, 9k run and finally a 5.5k cycle. So, a total of 9.8k running, 44.5k running and 1k kayaking!
The thing I loved most about Quest Killarney, and indeed Quest events, is the different route distances, providing a choice which can hopefully match everyone’s fitness abilities. While there may be a few hills and challenges along the way, the amazing spirit of the event means you’ll never be left behind. Everyone is so friendly and encouraging, regardless of whether you know them!
As well as my participation, I worked with Quest to invite three media along to Quest Killarney so they could experience this incredible event. Media titles included 220 Triathlon, Get Sweat Go and the popular fitness influencer, Food Fitness Flora (Flora Beverley), all of whom thoroughly enjoyed the event like I did.
I knew I had caught the adventure race bug after Quest Wales, but Quest Killarney has now taken it to another level. I’m seriously considering purchasing some trail running shoes to hopefully give me that extra edge during future events, such as their upcoming Quest Kenmare event held on 7 March 2020!
Quest Killarney… thank you!