November Sports in Ireland

The Gaelforce Turf Guy Race is more than just running in the mud! With a top class course this event is a mental and physical challenge and lots of fun. The course is  10km long but will involve cold November water temperatures, energy sapping obstacles, terrifying cliff jumps and much, much more. The Turf Guy takes place on the banks of Killary Fjord, Leenane, Co. Galway.

The Glendalough Trail in aid of Fighting Blindness, now in it’s third year, is a 15k off-road challenge suitable for joggers and runners of all abilities. The course takes a spectacular route through the beautiful Glendalough Valley area of Wicklow Mountains.

The Annual Sea2Summit Adventure Race takes place on Saturday the 3rd of November in Westport, County Mayo. The race is a unique event based in the adventure capital of Ireland. The race will take in all the thrills that Westport has to offer, Croagh Patrick, Clew Bay, the Sheaffry Mountains and the new Greenway.

The Mo Running 10km. is a run with a twist. As part of the Movember celebrations everyone is encouraged to run sporting a moustache (including the girls!) to raise awareness of men’s health issues.

The Kinnitty Castle Half Marathon course has been designed to reduce impact of hills and add to the enjoyment of the event which caters for joggers, walkers as well as the elite.

For something a bit different, don’t miss out on the Paddy Games in Cork. Categories include athletes running backwards, three-legged, blindfolded, wearing wellington boots, competing with broken legs and even crawling. Other events included the pogo stick high jump, the high dive belly flop, and the crawling relay.

If you’re a rugby fan, you’ll know Ireland is one of the best nations in the northern hemisphere. And club rugby is flourishing on the Emerald Isle, with Munster opening up their RaboDirect Pro12 and Heineken Cup campaigns with home fixtures against Zebre, Clermont Auvergne and Connacht in Aviva Stadium respectively.