Day 24: Arranmore (Rest Day)

Am absolutely thrilled to be having my rest day on the beautiful Arranmore Island, this is the 1st time I have ever visited this Island, so was really looking forward to what the day had in store.

The RNLI crew at Arranmore really wanted to meet me and give me a tour of the island by car. Seriously how lucky am I to be surrounded by all these guys 🙂

Meeting Arranmore RNLI

The views are amazing and we had rainbows all day, just so delighted not to be having to run that extremely long road on the island 🙂

All in all an amazing day, the support team have also shared some videos, which really show the amazing coast lines. Definitely a location that you should add to your bucket list.

My accommodation is absolutely beautiful, cosy private en suite room and Sebastian and team have been amazing during my stay.

Sleep well guys, see you bright and early tomorrow xx

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Day 23: Bunbeg – Arranmore

So I was up again early after what can only be described as the nicest sleep I have had in a while, I’m not sure if it’s down to the lovely Fish and Chip supper I had last night from Peppers Diner Gweedore or the amazing welcome I received at Kathleen & Micheal’s when I arrived.

I was treated to a lovely breakfast from Marie, before heading off and have to say that I had a few tears in my eyes, when I saw all the children from Bunbeg NS, out to support me. They had bananas, buns, water and even a donation for me. I’m once again overwhelmed.

Bunbeg NS

Today was just unreal the running crew I had with me were really great fun, and made sure we got loads of photos (keep the support team happy :)).  We were also treated the whole way with food and drinks starting with ODonnell Fuels who had Freddos ready and waiting, followed by a great coffee in Crolly and more Freddos in The Cope Dungloe in Ardangry with more drinks as well. I think I need to tell the support crew that I’ve had Freddo overdose at this stage.

On route we picked up Gavin from Wild Atlantic Adventure Race and we set-off again down the coast. After stopping so many times for photos I better include a few here

So we arrived safe and sound in Burtonport, another fantastic day of running and with great company all the way.
Massage RB Sports Clinics
I’ve just finished a rub down with RB Sports Clinics which I really enjoyed and thanks to Noel Boyd for bringing me to the appointment and getting me back in time for the Ferry.
My bag had already made it to the destination again thanks to Noel. The coat I’m wearing is the new one from Wet N Wild (love the colour :)).
Noel Boyd
Stats for today:

Departed Bunbeg 10am
Arrived Arranmore Car & Passenger Ferry 1:23pm (would have been sooner but for all the photo stops 🙂 )
Miles to-day 15.39 or 24.77kms
Total miles 485.73 or 781.7 kms

Stats

When I got onto the Arranmore Car & Passenger Ferry, I was once again treated to some lovely refreshments. I have to say that the people of Gaoth Dobhair have really taken me under their wings! Thanks again to Rosses Athletic Club who have

I’m staying at the Arranmore Hostel tonight and on my rest day thanks to Jerry Early for sponsoring this.
Sleep well everybody xx

Day 22: Gortahork to Bunbeg

So after a good night’s sleep in the lovely Ostan Loch Altan, I got up and was ready to hit the road. Today I gave myself a little later start (10am), especially after the rain and wind yesterday.

I was absolutely delighted to see that I had some runners waiting to head off with me when I walked outside of the hotel (as that was my starting point today). I have found this experience to be a very heart warming one, especially as most of the runners who come and run with me, don’t even know me. The route we took today.

Route today

My support team once again came up with the goods, and were able to source me a new pair of gloves and a new jacket from Wet n Wild with a great discount, thank goodness no more marigolds and plastic bags 🙂 I would like to thank Caroline Ui Churrain, for playing courier today and getting me the much needed gear and Eileen and Tommy Godkin for sponsoring the gear.

Myself and my crew for today got out on the road and really made great progress, we had beautiful views of stunning Mt Errigal, which was really breathtaking.

Arrived at Bunnbeg Coast Guard

Thanks to Micheal, Kathleen, Eddie, Gracie, Caroline & Anne for keeping me company the whole way today, it was a shorter run but a very enjoyable one.

I’m staying with Marie NiDhonaills tonight and today I received a message from my support team from Bunbeg NS, where Marie works, sending me good wishes. How nice was that – everybody is getting involved, I’m overwhelmed 🙂

Stats today:

Stats

Departed Gortahork 10am
Arrived Bunbeg Coast Guard 12:52pm
Miles to day 12.12 or 19.5kms
Total miles 470.34 or 756.93 kms

 

 

Day 21: Mulroy/Carrigart – Falcarragh

Have to say today was a tough day for a number of reasons. I headed off in good spirits and had to say goodbye to Tommy and Wioletta. I was off running on my own to start with and I was absolutely fine with that, gave me some time to do some thinking 🙂

And she off

Had a horrible experience on the road today, some young guy drove by me 2-3 times and was speeding and also driving like a lunatic, he nearly rammed into a car in front of me. I called the guards but not sure what exactly happened after, just glad I’m safe and sound.

Binliner and MarigoldsIt was when the rain, followed by the horrible wind, that I realised my gear was not going to cope with this much rain. I kept going but had to call into a garage and thank god they had a little shop so I picked up some Marigold gloves (to wear under my own gloves) and plastic bags to use as jacket liners.

My teams are trying to locate new gear for me now, although I know I should have sorted this before I left.

 

Some lovely people joined me coming into Dunfanaghy & we stopped at the Starfish Café & Bistro for lunch.  Even with the horrible weather, we did make good progress and I want to thank Eddie McFadden, Noel Boyd, Marie Ni Dhonaill, Catherine McGinley, Rosanne Boyd, Denise O’Leary Kelly, Ann McFadden and Peter & Catherine, for running with me today.

I arrived and am staying in Ostan Loch Altan at Gortahork, just waiting for dinner to be served, then bed early for me. Tomorrow I am not starting until 10am, need a little rest tonight.

Stats for today

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Good night everybody xx

 

 

 

Day 20: Buncrana to Mulroy

Another icy day when I woke up, but when I arrived to head off, I was only thrilled to see Tommy Godkin from my local running club, ready to run with me and keep me company for the full day.

I was treated like royalty today and as my support team told me, it was like scenes from the Titanic movie when myself and Tommy were making our way across to Rathmullan to start today’s leg. I even got an opportunity to sit in the Pilot’s seat 🙂

 

Joe Gallagher (our knight in UnderArmour) , Mary & Tommy

 

Fred came back to join us for some more miles and thank god for Joe Gallagher (Milford AC) & daughters who saved the day bringing us back on track after a slight detour. He also fed us some goodies from the boot of the car. 

 

 

 

We made great progress and even had some good laughs on the way. The icy and cold weather were tough to deal with, but when we arrived at Mulroy Coast Guard to a lovely reception it was all so worth it 🙂

Once again my support team have worked their magic and have lined up a massage from Racheal Stilvern Chartered Physiotherapy and I’m resting my weary bones at the Downings Bay Hotel for the night.

Even had company for dinner with the lovely Wioletta and Tommy.

Dinner

Another day done and dusted and to say I had a blast would be an understatement, so far the WAW has been amazing.

Stats

You will notice that this Garmin isn’t mine, its Tommy’s as mine gave me some hassle today.

Departed Lough Swilly RNLI
Miles to-day 21.76 or 35kms
Total miles 433.57 or 697.76kms

Signing off for the night, sleep dreams xx

Day 19: Malin Head to Buncrana

Today it was a very tough start, as after spending 2 amazing days in Malin Head, I was really starting to enjoy myself 🙂 The folks from The Seaview Tavern, dropped me off to my starting point.

The Malin roads were very icy and thanks god I had great company (Deirdre McGeoghegan, Mary Harkin, Aideen McLaughlin, Gemma McClenaghan, Dee Griffin, Laura Bonner & trusty bag carrier, Fred Stewart).

It was unreal cold and we made great progress, stopping for an early coffee before we went up into the snowy hills.

My support team have sent me a message telling me that there is an amazing write-up in the Donegal Daily newspaper today, and that they are going to send it out on all social channels (seriously what would I do without this amazing support team). They also lined up an interview today with the Highland Radio, and when the call came, I had to get under a tree to be able to hear the questions. It was seriously hilarious 🙂

We really did run fast today, I think the cold was forcing us to up the pace, so we arrived ahead of schedule to an amazing reception from the folks of Buncrana in the Lough Swilly RNLI station. I have to say that the cuppa was exactly what the doctor ordered.

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As you can see from the photos below, some of the lads ran with me in their full gear.

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Today I’m staying at Lissadell B&B, I’ve just got back after a super rub down from Inishowen Injury Clinic, and am heading to dinner now at the Drift Inn.

I feel ready to hit the road again tomorrow.

Today’s Stats:

Departed Malin 9:30am
Arrived Lough Swilly RNLI 3:30pm
Miles today 17 or 27.35kms
Total Miles 410.81 or 661.13kms

Night, Night

 

Day 18: Malin Head (Rest Day)

Cannot believe on my rest day I am wide awake and sending messages to my Support Team at 7am.  Breakfast is on my mind and getting to do some sightseeing.

I have been warned by the support team to rest, but seriously they know what I’m like, and resting is not on my agenda 🙂

Here are some of the lovely photos I got to take while out and about with Eamonn today.

I had the most amazing day and thoroughly enjoyed taking in these amazing views.

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This is the view I have from my bedroom in the beautiful Seaview Tavern, Malin Head.

Heading to bed now, another big day ahead of me tomorrow. Pleasant dreams xxx