Wexford man David completes the Wicklow Eco-Trail Ultra Marathon

David Kelleher of Rosslare Strand tested his endurance to the limits when he competed in the Wicklow Eco-trail ultra-marathon of 47.8 km…

The route began on Bray Harbour front. They left behind the seaside promenade to tackle the steep climb to the iconic cross on Bray Head. Here, the runners bid farewell to their views of the Irish Sea and turn towards the mountains.

The runners traversed mixed terrain trails across the Little and Great Sugarloaf Mountains, passed through the scenic Belmont Estate on-route to the Wicklow Way – a 132 km walking trail stretching south out of Dublin.

The runners then journeyed home at the foot of the Powerscourt Waterfall and returned to Bray Head via Belmont Estate.

The race had an elevation gain of 1720m, through natural terrain and the challenge was supported by heavy wind and rain.

This ultra-marathon offered 2 UTMB qualifying points, of which some runners may wish to collect to tackle the 160km Ultra-Trail run in Mount-Blanc.

David planned to a regime of diet and exercise and practicing trail running in Fort Mountain, Mount Leinster and the Comeraghs in Waterford, where David represented Republic of Ireland in the World Masters Mountain Running Championships in 2022.

David has also written a popular book of poetry titled “Stop, Breathe, Read” which is available on Amazon.

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