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15 Apr 2015

Connemarathon 2015

My first marathon. Some people said to me it was the hardest one to do in Ireland. I enjoyed every single moment of it! West of Ireland is a beautiful part of the world. On my journey this time I visited Galway, Clifden, Cleggan and Inishbofin. The Connemarathon and Inishbofin were definitely two best parts of the trip.

Organisers of the Connemarathon did an outstanding job. Everything from the number collection in Galway, through transfer buses, the run to the finish line refreshments were perfect. Magnificent landscape made this run a bit easier. Weather was great but only if you were not running a marathon. Until the very start of the race it was freezing cold. Five kilometres into the run the weather turned and we were running in blazing sun for the rest of the race. Water stations were very well stocked. At the end we had plenty to choose from including fruit, water, soup, cake and so on. Great people, great atmosphere. I look forward to the next one! I ran it in 03:45:29 I think I set the bar very high for myself ;)

Inishbofin is an island situated few miles from the Irish mainland. It is a magic place. With population of 150 people it was one of the most remote communities I visited in some time. To my surprise Inishbofin has and air port EIIB, scuba diving centre :) I went there on the ferry that leaves Cleggan at 11:30. It takes about half an hour to get to Inishbofin pier. After few hours of angling I went back on the same boat that departs from the island at 17:00. I will be back :)

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