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Tina gets on her marks to celebrate half-century adventure in style

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Tina Reed, Killarney, ultra-athlete, taking part in the Kerry Way Ultra Marathon. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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APPROACHING a landmark birthday and seeking inspiration as to how to celebrate it? Well, Killarney woman Tina Reed has set the bar high!

Tina is part of a team embarking on the five-day Itera expedition race, which will start at a mystery location on August 16 and finish in Killarney. “I will actually be turning 50 during the race on the 18th and I'm seeing that as a positive! There's no need to stop adventure and activity just because of age!” said Tina.

The name of the race comes from "tier", the Latin for “journey", and the "a" at the end stands for "adventure".

Artist and art teacher Tina is being joined on the team by her husband Pat Rodgers, Killarney, as well as Brian Harman from Cork and Damon de Boor from South Africa.

“We are sponsored by two local businesses and would like to pay tribute to them; they are Kerry Outdoor Sports and Killorglin insulation specialists DC Energy Solutions,” said Tina.

Tina is no stranger to extreme sports and has previously competed in such challenging events as the Beast of Ballyhoura and the Kerry Way Ultra Marathon.

Team Kerry Outdoor Sports and DC Energy Solutions will be among 40 mixed teams taking part in Itera. “These teams of four are coming from Ireland, Europe, South Africa and New Zealand,” added Tina.

What sets this race apart is the fact that it will start at a mystery location. “The race will cover a distance of 600km – hiking, biking and kayaking nonstop,” said Tina.

“There will be minimal stopping for sleep, probably one or two hours in each 24 hours. The route is kept secret until the race begins! The start location is unknown but the finish is in Killarney.”

Damon de Boor is a new addition to the team, replacing local teammate Eddie Birmingham from Killorglin who unfortunately had to pull out due to injury.
 


 
Tina Reed, Killarney, ultra-athlete, taking part in the Kerry Way Ultra Marathon. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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