This event is the brainchild of 3 people, Ivan Park the man behind the Beast of Ballyhoara, Avril Copeland a prolific Adventure Racer (who is retiring again!) and James Thurlow has organised over 100 Adventure Sports events in the UK over the past 11 years with Open Adventure. The idea of showing off the country at its finest is what motivates the team behind the ITERA.
ITER – Latin for “journey”.. and the “A” stood for little more than the ADVENTURE (where on that journey the outcomes are uncertain)…
The teams will be racing through Ireland over five days in August 2016. The race will finish in Killarney – and the start – you will have to wait till August in 2016 to find that out..
Yesterday the schematic for 5 days of racing dropped quietly into our email box and what followed swiftly was a barrage of messages on WhatsApp as everyone went into overdrive guessing, justifying guesses, rooting for maps, picking likely routes, dismissing them, finding others
The internet must have been glowing last night with the back & forth chatter!!
For those who have no idea what a schematic looks like here is the one for ITERA:
Basically a rough, very rough outline of what to expect for each stage with nicely rounded numbers offered for an indication of duration and distance.
All this serves to do is get teams cogs whirring, ramp up the rumour mill (of course no one offers their thoughts outside of their own team…it’s very hush, hush like that 🙂 ) and then throw us all for a wobbly when we actually get the rule book and race format at the Team meeting the day before the off. It does give us some idea of what to expect and how much to pack – lots of shoes and spare socks!!
Here are Kate’s thoughts on the lay of the land:
It gives an outline of the stages (length and discipline)
As promised there is a heavy focus on kayaking with 135k to be covered regardless of whether you go long course or short course and two massive stages (50k and 75k). Other ‘interesting’ things are the stage 2 trek with 5000m of elevation and the 200k mountain bike.
The race website will be live for tracking once the race starts.
There will be tough competition between the Irish teams for a place on the podium and first Irish team also wins a spot in the ARWS final in Australia. Enduro’s team took the honours in the ARES Beast of Ballyhoura this time last year and are bound to be one of the favourites but they’ll have to be on top of their game this time around for national honours with competition from, amongst others, the Defence forces, DAR Dingle who have experienced ARWS action in Africa this year, a Moxie team bolstered by the addition of Pavel Paloncy and the strong and experienced team making up Rachel’s adventurers.
Godzone will likely be favourites for the win but Swecco, Issy adventure, team endurance life and the Irish teams will all give them a good run for it!
Best of luck to all
No matter how you look at it, kicking off in 1 week, 5 days and a fistful of hours will be one of THE most epic adventures we will have undertaken.
Can’t wait!! 😀
Where to start?
Back a few month ago when ITERA was off the cards I struggled to find something to focus on and motivate myself to train so I stumbled across the 1st running of the Sligo Trail Ultra a 50mile track from West to East through Sligo.
Grand so, entered and started running again.Continue reading
This Saturday Sean & Mike are heading to Boyle to take part in one of the Causeway Coast series of Adventure Races.
As most will be aware the CCAR races are brought together by Ivan Park the Race Director of the Beast of Ballyhoura and his team. With it being relatively close to our neck of the woods it is a chance to get an early race under the belts.
Mike is on his way back after a bad bout of flu which knocked his plans for The Race out the window and Sean is heading to Paris marathon in a few weeks in his own words “to trot around” with Edel.
Whatever happens you can be sure the two boys will have a ton of fun. In case you missed what happened in the UK a few years back when they went to Endure 24.
Thankfully this CCAR Round 2 is only a 5 hour race so the Race Reports should only be a page or two, none of the Beastly epics that we come to anticipate from the lads. Watch out on Twitter, you can be sure Sean will be live tweeting 😉