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Team Kerry Outdoor Sports This year the team consists of Tina Reed, Pat Rodgers, Brian Harman and newcomer Eddie Birmingham. Our number one goal this year is to compete well in ITERA which will be finishing in Killarney. It is a 5 day non-stop adventure race similar to the Beast of Ballyhoura which we have done many times over the last number of years. We know that there will be a strong emphasis on kayaking this year with a reported minimum of 100km in at least two sections. We feel that this plays to our strengths and are confident of doing well.
Tina Reed: has battled with the Beast of Ballyhoura 6 times along with several other shorter one day adventure races. She is an accomplished ultra runner having completed the Kerry Way, the Wicklow Way 50 in the middle of Storm Desmond (amongst others) and recently finished 3rd in the 34 mile Art O’Neill challenge. She is the proud new owner of a sea kayak and will be training for that and mountain biking aspect of the race over the following months. Notably, Tina will be marking her 50th birthday DURING the ITERA race. What a way to celebrate it.
Pat Rodgers: is a life-long adventurer who started adventure racing on his third date with Tina Reed, who also convinced him to take up running. Since then he has completed 5 Beasts as well as 14 Ultra Marathons including the Kerry Way and the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. He has recently patched up his trust old sea kayak in which he circumnavigated Ireland nearly 20 years ago and is looking forward to that aspect of the training. Pat is also the team navigator and tries to keep up on the mountain bike.
Brian Harman: is another multi time finisher of the Beast and long-time adventurer who climbs peaks like the Matterhorn and Eiger on his summer holidays. He is a qualified Mountain Leader and as such will be checking up on Pats navigation when things get tough. Brian has thighs like tree trunks and can tow the rest of the team up hills on the bike while entertaining us with his drole sense of humour. He has joined Reading Canoe club in preparation for ITERA where he will be finishing his PhD any day now.
Eddie Birmingham: is new to multi day adventure races but has competed in many one day races like the Killarney Adventure Race. He is a very strong cyclist, regularly cycling home to Roscommon from Killorglin and has run several fast marathons. Eddie is also a strong paddler who plays to the strength of the team and his training routine puts the rest of us to shame. All round Mr Nice Guy, Eddie will be a great asset to the team.