For the record, Sean is some hero

A REMARKABLE endurance athlete from Killarney has set a new Irish record after reaching dizzy heights of 10,000m of positive ascent in 23 hours and 53 minutes.

Gritty ultra-runner, Sean Clifford, completed the equivalent height of Mount Everest with an accumulative 10 times ascent of Ireland’s highest mountain, the 1,039m Carrauntoohil, on the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.

One man’s Everest: Ultra runner, Sean Clifford, from Killarney, on his way to setting a new Irish record.
Pictures: Valerie O’Sullivan

Sean set about his challenge on Caher mountain late on Friday, running through the night, ascending Carrauntoohil, Cnoc an Toinne, using the Devil’s Ladder for ascents, and Bothar na Gige – also known as the Zig Zags – for descents.

Super fit Sean was supported throughout his record breaking quest by fellow Killarney ultra-runners Joe O’Leary, Damien Courtney, Neil Kelders and Harold Clifford with outdoor adventure loving photographer Valerie O’Sullivan there to capture the epic event on camera.

The exhausted adventurer returned to a hero’s welcome at Cronin’s Yard late on Saturday night and, during the course of his incredible task, he also managed to raise funds for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease awareness.

Sean has competed in several tough races across the globe, including the UTMB in France, Diagonal des Fous on Reunion Island, El Cruce in Chile and Ankor Ultra in Cambodia.

More recently he has placed second in Ireland’s longest and toughest ultra-marathon, the Kerry Way Ultra.

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