Royal Canal Runner

Cycling on the Old Rail Trail: Mullingar to Athlone

Given how intertwined the history is between the Royal Canal and the Midlands Great Western Railway (MGWR) I think it would be remiss of me not to put up a post about the old MGWR Mullingar to Athlone railway line which has been converted into an amazing 40km greenway called the Old Rail Trail which […]

Cycling on the Royal Canal: Mullingar Harbour to Coolnahay

I know I have tried to start or finish most my posts at a location with a train station however in my previous post I thought it made sense to stop a little short at Mullingar Harbour rather than going a little further around the bend to Mullingar Railway Station. So for those of you […]

Cycling on the Royal Canal: Enfield to Thomastown

These are strange days, as I write this we are in the mist of Covid-19 crisis and while the weather is glorious and perfect for exploring the canal we are unfortunately all required to stay at home for the good of everybody. That all said the section between Enfield and Thomastown is one I have […]

Walking on the Royal Canal: Confey to Maynooth

Today I am going to look at the 7.6 kilometre stretch from Cope Bridge at Leixlip Confey to the slipway at Maynooth Harbour which marks the start of the Royal Canal Greenway. Once again I am starting at a train station as I have done with each of the other walking segments I have done […]

Walking on the Royal Canal: Castleknock to Leixlip Confey

Part 3 of our journey sees us start at Castleknock Train Station and the start of the stretch known as the Deep Sinking, on past Coolmine and Clonsilla before crossing the Dublin and Kildare county line and finishing at Cope Bridge at Leixlip Confey, a distance of 8.65 kilometres. There are several reasons why I […]

The Runners Auld Triangle

The night before I did my Royal Canal Run in 2019 a good Running Buddy of mine sent me this “little ditty” to be sung to the tune of The Auld Triangle. It’s too good not to share. A nervous feeling, was with I was dealingwith my stomach reeling, I did not feel welland the […]

Cycling on the Royal Canal: Maynooth to Enfield

Over the next few weeks I hope to do a collection of blog posts for those interested in taking on cycling along the soon to be officially opened Royal Canal Greenway. This week I am going to take a look at cycling from what is currently the start of the Royal Canal Greenway at Maynooth […]

Looking South and the view is Grand

So ever since I completed my Royal Canal Run I’ve felt like a barge without a rudder, stuck up out of the water and unable to go anywhere. It would be wrong to say that I didn’t need the rest, a holiday and some time to recover. Aching joints demanded it and I think it […]

St. Coca’s 10 From 10

Last Sunday saw the second Kilcock 10 from 10 hosted by St. Coca’s AC. The idea behind the 10 from 10 is a 10 mile race 10 weeks out from the Dublin Marathon. The event attracted over 600 runners this year, all setting out at 10:10 on the dot. I proudly run with Dublin Bay […]

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The Royal Canal Run Fallout

So it’s just been over a month since I completed my run along the Royal Canal. My training for the Royal Canal Run was a very consistent effort spread out over 35 weeks and started with a baseline of me being at my Marathon PB fitness level. I ran my current marathon PB in Dublin […]

Royal Canal Run June 21st 2019

My Royal Canal Run – June 21st 2019.  After nearly a year of planning and 35 weeks of training the evening of the 20th of June had arrived, my crew had been briefed, my kit bags and supplies packed and repacked and all the relay runners who would accompany me along the 90 mile journey knew where […]


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