Portarlington launch for 11 day challenge for Irish Cancer Society and Irish Autism Action

Mark Neilan, Wesley Reilly and Richard Hart of ‘Up and Over Triathlon’ will be taking on the challenge of a lifetime in August 2013 when they will be organising and completing an 11 day event called the ‘Up and Over Triathlon’ in aid of the Irish Cancer Society and Irish Autism Action.

Mark Neilan, Wesley Reilly and Richard Hart of ‘Up and Over Triathlon’ will be taking on the challenge of a lifetime in August 2013 when they will be organising and completing an 11 day event called the ‘Up and Over Triathlon’ in aid of the Irish Cancer Society and Irish Autism Action.

The event will start on August 22 and finish on September 1. The launch takes place this Friday, February 8 in The Anvil Portarlington

The ‘Up and Over Triathlon’ is a triathlon like no other and covers the length and breadth of Ireland. The event will see a team of three tackle a route consisting of a swim, bike and run pretty much the same as a regular triathlon but the length and scale is where it differs.

They are starting on day 1 with a 7.6 km swim, a 770 km cycle then takes place on days 2–6 and this cycle will take the team from Malin Head to Mizen Head with a public event on day 3. Once they reach Malin Head, they will be driving straight back to Galway to start a 245 km run to Dublin the very next day. This run will last from day 7 to 11 with a public run on day nine. The event will finish outside the old POD complex (soon to be Marquee).

There will be just the three of people completing the full event but we are expecting to have another 450 people join us for public days. The public day for the cycle will allow others us to join us for either a 50 km or 100 km circuit around Galway. The public day for the run will have an option for people to join us for either a half or full marathon.

The event will be tough and they are not elite athletes by any means, just three normal people who are willingly giving up their time to raise for money for causes close to their hearts.

They have a website promoting the event, will all be actively blogging about our training and will be completing several events (cycle sportives, long distance running events and triathlons) in their team kit in the build-up to the main event

They have already secured sponsorship for our event for swimming/running/cycling kit, physiotherapy, nutrition and running shoes. They are still seeking for sponsors for the event in a number of areas.

The organisers understand that no one has cycled the length of Ireland and then ran the breadth of the country as well (not to mention a 7.6 km double Ironman distance swim as well) so this is a highly unique event.

If you have any questions about the event please contact Richard Hart at 086 7980701 or Richard@UpandOverTri.com