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Gaelforce Dublin 2018: Only a few weeks left to go

Gaelforce Dublin 2018: Only a few weeks left to go


The first Gaelforce event of the year starts with Gaelforce Dublin on the 17th of February 2018. This year’s race starts and finishes in Tallaght Stadium. There are two course distances to choose from, 49km or 29km. The courses include: trail and mountain run/walk, kayaking and cycling and you will find yourself on trails, tracks, sealed roads and shimmering reservoirs.

Both course begin with a 1km run to the first bike transition point. Next up is a cycle over tracks and some sealed roads. Following this you will drop your bike off and run up a short hill. This transitions to the kayak for a paddle along a reservoir. Stage 4 then is a run/walk up Kippure Mountain varying in length, depending on your course distance. The final stage is back on the bike heading back to Tallaght. The race finishes with a short run of glory to the finish line. For full details of the course please follow the link here.

If this is your first Gaelforce event, there are lots of great tips on the website to make your first event a success.

Here are a few of those tips:

  • Train in all weather as Ireland presents with changeable weather.
  • Train off-road as well as on-road as this will reflect the surfaces you will encounter during the event.
  • Combine your training. This means practicing getting off your bike and going for a run or vice versa.
  • Train for longer sessions. This will help reflect the length it takes to complete the course and help you build up your stamina and endurance.
  • Train in a group or with a friend that is doing the same course and you can stick with on the day. This will help keep you motivated.
  • Plan you clothing for the race and for every weather condition. It is important your clothing is comfortable, and you have practiced wearing it during your training.

Registration opens on the 16th of February from 17.00 to 20.00 or on the day of the race before from 8.30 to 9.30 (GFD 49km) and 8.30 to 10.00 (GFD 29km).

We here at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic wish all participants in Gaelforce Dublin the best of luck. If you require a physiotherapy assessment and treatment for an injury leading up to or following Gaelforce Dublin, please contact the clinic here. We have trained physiotherapists ready to help you to a speedy recovery.

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