When Scott Jurek and Friends came to Ireland

 

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Scott Jurek, one of the most accomplished trail runner in world, was in Ireland this March to experience some of the trails around the emerald Isle.  Scott was accompanied by two outstanding runners: Rickey Gates and Dakota Jones, both Salomon Runners.  Their journey took them from Dublin and the Wicklow Mountains to Waterford and the Comeragh Mountains and then to Killarney and Dingle.  The trip ended back in Dublin for an evening of pints at the Brazen Head with the Trail Running Ireland Team.

 

The people in Ireland were so good to us, and the scenery was fantastic. I’m already trying to plan a way to come back. Thanks for all the hospitality and I hope to see you soon – Dakota Jones

See below the Facebook entries of their time in Ireland

Wicklow Mountains

 

Rickey Gates and I getting our first dose of the Wicklow Range in Ireland, dropping off Carrawaystick Mountain down to Loch Ui Cheallaigh (Kelly’s Lough).

Posted by Scott Jurek on Sunday, 27 March 2016

 

We didn’t find a pot of gold in the land of leprechauns, but the Wicklow Mountains had plenty of treasure.Topping out on Carrigvore following a sideways rainstorm.

Posted by Scott Jurek on Monday, 28 March 2016

A first run in a new place is always magical – especially when there is rain, snow, hail, sun and wind. Couldn’t have…

Posted by Rickey Gates on Saturday, 26 March 2016

One of the trails that we found here in the Wicklows was described at the trailhead as a “muscle builder”. @scottjurek…

Posted by Rickey Gates on Sunday, 27 March 2016

Comeragh Mountains

 

An unexpected detour gave us chance to check out the Comeragh Mountains and the rim around Coumshingaun Lake.

Posted by Scott Jurek on Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Following the atrocious front-line battles of WWI, Lackendarra Jim fled from civilization for Comeragh Mountains in…

Posted by Rickey Gates on Monday, 28 March 2016

Mangerton Mountain

 

Dakota Jones boat finally docked in Ireland today and we took him to Castle Black to look for Jon Snow. It was actually Mangerton Mountain in Killarney but he didn’t know the difference. Pic: Rickey Gates

Posted by Scott Jurek on Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Macgillycuddy’s Reeks

 

After continuous cycles of rain, sleet, hail and snow in an hour while wearing every thread of clothing he brought…

Posted by Scott Jurek on Thursday, 31 March 2016

Kicking steps to the roof of Ireland. It may only be 3,406 feet (1,038 m), but Carrauntoohil packs a punch! Ireland’s…

Posted by Scott Jurek on Sunday, 3 April 2016

Magical springtime conditions greeted us on our traverse of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks today. Stretching a mere 19k…

Posted by Rickey Gates on Thursday, 31 March 2016

When people ask me what is the difference between road running and mountain running, I want to just show them this…

Posted by Dakota Jones on Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Scott has spent more time running in his life than anyone else I know. Nice of him to share some of those miles with me…

Posted by Dakota Jones on Thursday, 31 March 2016

Irish mountain running. Good thing I took this photo, because it’s hard to remember anything after all the Irish culture…

Posted by Dakota Jones on Friday, 1 April 2016

Do you know how good it feels to run after being injured for six months? Very good. @rickeygates and @scottjurek helped me get back into form this weekend in Ireland. Thanks guys! @clifbarcompany #ireland

Posted by Dakota Jones on Saturday, 2 April 2016

Whether you’re on the road, at home or in a cloud, life is happier when you have friends to share it with. #ireland #buddies @scottjurek @rickeygates @clifbarcompany

Posted by Dakota Jones on Sunday, 3 April 2016

Dingle

 

Although we came to Ireland for mountains and fells, Rickey Gates and I were drawn to the coastline near Dingle. The…

Posted by Scott Jurek on Tuesday, 5 April 2016

 

A trip out on to the Dingle Peninsula has brought us to the heartland of Irish culture. While Dakota slept away his well…

Posted by Rickey Gates on Friday, 1 April 2016

Mount Brandon

Our final day in Ireland was capped off with a trip up 3,127 foot Mount Brandon (Cnoc Bréanainn). Portals through the…

Posted by Scott Jurek on Thursday, 7 April 2016

 

Running with beautiful people in beautiful places listening to beautiful music. I could get use to this. Scott and…

Posted by Rickey Gates on Saturday, 2 April 2016

Sláinte, Éire!We packed in about as much running, beer and laughs as physically possible for eight days in Ireland. Truly looking forward to my next visit.

Posted by Rickey Gates on Sunday, 3 April 2016

Last night at the pub

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