Over 1,500 adventurer racers enjoyed breathtaking vistas on Saturday to run, cycle and kayak their way around the Wicklow National Park as Quest Glendalough returned to Wicklow.
This sell-out event allows participants the opportunity to get outdoors and accept the challenge of Quest Glendalough. The race involved running, cycling and kayaking across up to 60km of the spectacular mountains, valleys and lakes of Wicklow, during the perfect time of year for kayakers to take to the Upper Lake in Glendalough.
Winners of the Expert route were Shaun Stewart from Donegal and Laura O’Driscoll from Dundalk. Winners of the Sport route were David Hickey from Mayo and Sinead O’Reilly from Kildare. Winners of the Challenge route were Adrian Bonner from Donegal and Susan Murphy from Cork (see notes for full times and results).
Race Organiser Oliver Kirwan says the popularity of the event continues to grow: “We hold a special affection for Glendalough reconfirmed to us each time we come here, and our participants just love this event. We consider ourselves fortunate that this year continues to be a sell-out. As always, we’ve had great support locally, and would like thank all our volunteers and marshals, and especially Laragh GAA pitch for letting us set up camp on their doorstep. What’s very special for us is the opportunity to help even more people discover this wonderful, historic, unspoilt area.”
Participants undertook one of three testing routes: the 21km Challenge, the 43km Sport, and the 59km Expert. A great atmosphere welcomed them home as they crossed the finish line, as well as hot food, fabulous music and a resounding cheer from supporters.
Quest Adventure Series will hold three more Quest adventure races this year in Beara Peninsula on 27th August 2022, Lough Derg on 10th September 2022 and Killarney on 1st October 2022.
Quest Glendalough and Elite Event Management are grateful for the support for this event from main Quest Adventure Series sponsor Volvo Ireland Cars, official snack partner All Real, event partners Nuasan, MCG Kayaks and Gnarly Peaks.
The next Quest Glendalough will take place in 2023, with a provisional date of Saturday 1st April 2023.