January 2022

5 Strength Exercises for Runners

Strength training is so important for runners, and yet, most of us tend to forget about it and focus on what we like to do… which is running. The stronger you are, the faster you’ll run, and the better you will get at uphill/downhill, trail and mountain running. It also helps preventing injuries by getting all of your body muscles stronger, and not just those legs! We have selected for you some of our go to exercises for trail runners and included video links to videos which explain how to do each one.


All you need to know about the “5 Days 1200K Challenge”, a fundraising event for Jigsaw

We were talking about it on social media a few days ago, our new challenge organised with our charity partner Jigsaw is only a few days away. It will take place for 5 days, from February 17th until 21st.


Gaelforce and Icebug

You might have wondered how we had ended up partnering with a small Swedish brand better known for their ice running shoe?Shane Young, off trail runner, explains why Icebug is the perfect fit for Gaelforce.


Adventure Race Training Plan - 12 Week Sprint Distance

We want to help you to train at home so check out Weeks 1 to 4 of our 12-Week Training Plan to get you ready for your next adventure. 


#StayingAtHome - 5 tips for survival this week

We all know what is expected of us over the next few days and weeks. As we get further into lockdown it can be difficult to stay positive. We are all going though it together so here are our survival tips this week.


How do I complete my training goals during lockdown

Inspirational stories help us all to keep going on difficult days. Here in our own village of Leenane there is a small group of runners who have been working towards their goals and we wanted to share that story with you. Maybe you can use this story to inspire you.


10 Top Tips for the John West Gaelforce 10K BRAY CLIFF RUN

We want to help you get race ready in a real and simple way


Pilates for Running

Including different forms of exercise is a really important part of your training. Pilates is a great addition and here's why!


Adventure Racing – The Ultimate Guide

Adventure Racing may seem like a hard sport to branch into, but this guide will teach you all you need to know and show you that you too can become an adventure racer


Women in Adventure Racing | Aisling Ní Dhuibhir

To celebrate women in sport we are putting the spotlight on some of our amazing female adventure racers. All from different walks of life, but all bitten by the racing bug. Let's hear it from them what got them into adventure racing and their advice for newbies to the sport. #CantSeeCantBe


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.


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.


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."