December 2019 - Killary Gaelforce

Five Eco Gift Ideas this Christmas

Coming up with ideas on gifts can be tricky, additionally we often want to consider the envionement with what we are buying. So not just any gift will do. Here are five eco gift ideas from us, which we would love to get and are gifting this season. 


Gaelforce Eco Cup Rental

The Gaelforce Eco Cup is part of our continued efforts to reduce avoidable waste at our events. It will go a long way to reduce the paper cup usage at all our 2020 events.


Final Leaderboard of the Gaelforce Adventure Series 2019

Gaelforce North was the grand finale in the series. Now it is time to find out who took the crown of the Gaelforce Adventure Series in 2019.


Get ready for The Great Fjord Swim - Gear Guide

Wondering what gear you need for the Great Fjord Swim. We have compiled a list for you that will make the experience all the more comfortable for you! 


2 Down 1 to go – Leaderboard at the Gaelforce Adventure Series

Only one adventure race to go... Time to have a close look at the current ranking in the Gaelforce Adventure Series.


Only a few days to go till Gaelforce North - Time to think about Tapering

Time is flying in and Gaelforce North, September 21st is approaching fast! Time to think about your tapering and plan your week ahead. 


New to Open Water Swimming – We got ya!

This is the perfect guide for your new open water adventures. Or pass it on to any friends that you are looking to get hooked on the open water high!You know how to swim, you put in the practice. Time to sign up for a race and put it all into practise.


Three Amazing Cycling Routes in Donegal

Every time we run a race in Donegal, we get the same feedback: “Is Donegal just hills? It seems to be uphill all the way!” Well we want to share some Donegal Cycling Routes to help you get your legs ready for those hills.


Our 5 Top Picks of things to do around Leenane & Killary Fjord

Leenane is a small village situated in the heart of the Killary Fjord and Connemara. It is well worth a visit, either for one of our events or for a relaxing weekend away. Here are our top 5 picks of things to do in the area:


How to Taper for the 10k series and get race ready

What’s your understanding of tapering?

Tapering means to reduce gradually. This means that before the race, usually around 7 days (depending on the race you are setting out to do), you start to reduce your training in order to ensure your body is well-rested for race day! Here are our personal tips on how to taper leading up to one of the Gaelforce 10k Series run, or similar 10k events.


Mix it up - 5 Cross Training Activities for Runners and Cyclists

We are all creatures of habit and routine, especially when it comes to working out. But changing it up can really benefit your body and spice up your training routine. Most of you will already add the odd gym session to your training, but here are some of our favourites especially during the summer months! 



When you think of trail running do you have visions of extreme, fanatical, super fit mountain goats going where no sane person should – Then I think it’s time we all lost our sanity as the benefits of trail running are huge. Throw away all your preconceptions. Trail running is for anyone who runs or who would like to run.



Check out the current rankings after Gaelforce West and see who is topping the poll. It's game on for Gaelforce North in September!


Shane Scully - Gaelforce West 2019 Race Report

Huge congratulations to Shane Scully, who finished at 1st place at the Gaelforce West on June 22nd. Have a read below to find how the race went for him! 


Cleats Vs. Runners - The Pros and Cons for your next adventure Race

Signed up for your next adventure and wondering what shoes to wear? Do you go for clipless pedals and cleats or will your trainers be just as good? We get these questions a lot from people in the lead up to an event and here is our honest view on it.


5 Running Hacks For Speed and Endurance for your next Adventure Race

Getting ready for your next adventure race, we share our top 5 tips for your running training.


Are Your Snacks Letting You Down?

You have breakfast, lunch and dinner balanced and correct but are you falling down with your snacks?  We tend to focus on main meals when we are trying to manage our nutrition and then in between we are having soft drinks, a quick bar of chocolate or a packet of crisps.


Eating for Recovery. What does your body need to get back on track?

A big event can take a lot out of you.  Mentally and physically grueling, long endurance events test you to the limit.  Being physically fit and mentally ready are essential but what can you do to help your body recover in the hours and days after you’ve given it all you’ve got?


A Greenland Story - Documentary

As part of a two-year project, a group led by Jamie Young, and with the great support of Gaelforce & Killary Adventure Co, will be filming a documentary about Greenland and the wider Arctic. Jamie is one of the original founders of Gaelforce and was instrumental in bringing one day adventure racing in the form of the original Gaelforce 6 and Gaelforce 12 (now Gaelfore West) to Ireland. He has been a trailblazer in the outdoor adventure field since the 1970's. His favourite motto "Stand still and you are history."


What to do for the May Bank Holiday Weekend

Check out what Leenane has in store for you this coming bank holiday weekend!


Is Your Balanced Diet Balanced?

There is the old joke that a balanced diet is a glass of wine in one hand and a slice of cake in the other… This perfectly reflects how many of us think about a “balanced” diet, if we think about it at all. 


Is adventure racing for me? Or only for an elite few?

Having watched thousands of competitors cross the finish line at a Killary Gaelforce event for 12 years we can be pretty sure of that adventure racing is for everyone.


The 3 ‘P’s of mountain running in Ireland

Piss Poor Planning leads to Piss Poor Performance! What to always bring with you.


Eating for Mental Performance

Physical training is essential for any endurance event but mental performance is what will get you through the toughest parts and the last few kilometers. 


Celebrating 10 years of GAELFORCE CONNEMARA | Win a TREK Bike

GAELFORCE Connemara (aka the Connemara Adventure Challenge) Adventure Race is celebrating its 10th year in 2019 and to celebrate the thousands of people who have taken part we have a bike up for grabs.


Shane's La SantéLyon 80km Race Report

Feels like ages ago but the hurt is still there.  After previously doing a 110k Ultra I approached this run with a different mindset.  Sure, it was only 80km and only 2000m of ascent, how hard could it be?


Quick and Easy Protein Snacks

Focusing on fueling your body at meals is essential to getting the performance you want.  Balancing meals with quality protein and the right amount of carbs helps build and maintain muscle and supplies you with the calories you need to train and p


The Gaelforce 10k Trilogy

Three is always better than one! The Gaelforce 10k Trilogy has just been launched - This is sure to energise your running calendar for 2019.


Training Through the Cold Weather: What to Eat for Immunity

Any cold gets better faster if you rest but a week of rest can really hurt your training goals.  Do what you can to keep your immune system at its healthiest by taking a look at what you eat. 


The Gaelforce Adventure Series

We are delighted to announce the Gaelforce Adventure Series 2019. Who will take the title of Gaelforce Champion 2019?