Kevin completes 106km demanding first leg of journey

KILLARNEY endurance athlete and charity champion Kevin Leahy set off on his remarkable 1,000km on foot journey from Kerry to the frozen ice of Yukon, Canada yesterday, setting out at 5.30am for the demanding first leg.

In the process, he became the first person to run the Ancient Warriors Trail which commenced at the Bronze Age wedge tomb at Coomakista, Derrynane with 106km of trails, along the Kerry Way, the summit of Cnoc na dTobar pilgrim trail and the ancient Celtic site for the annual  Lúghnasa Festival in Caherciveen, to the summit of Carrauntoohil, along the eastern ridges of the MacGillycuddy Reeks and finishing at Kate Kearney’s Cottage in Gap of Dunloe last night.

Other crew members along the route included Laura O’Driscoll, Dermot Dineen, John O’Leary, Joe O’Leary and Blaine Lyne and the mammoth 106km journey was completed in 19 hours and 47 minutes.

The times posted by Kevin on the first leg of his remarkable journey

Kevin is fundraising for Down Syndrome Kerry and this was the first of three challenges during which he hopes to raise €10,000 for the cause.

His second race is the spectacular annual Kerry Way Ultra which is a 200 km, non-stop endurance race on September 4/5 which traverses the MacGillycuddy Reeks and Iveragh Peninsula, along ancient trails and coastal cliffs.

Kevin is no stranger to harsh conditions and demands as last year he made world headlines by winning the famous Yukon 160km Arctic ultra-marathon.

His third and most daunting challenge will be in 2021 when he takes on the Yukon Arctic 700km ultra-marathon which involves a gruelling 10-day race of physical and mental adversity with temperatures as low as minus 30.

“This will be by far my biggest running endeavour, requiring months of training, along with a tank load of mental and physical grit to get me across that frosty finish line,” he said.

“I hope that during this challenge, adversity will be my greatest teacher.

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