New for 2021, Quest 12 Beara is the first adventure race to be held on the stunning Beara Peninsula in West Cork. The team at Quest have developed this new event for those looking for an extra challenge and to push themselves even further. Quest 12 Beara takes place on 28th August 2021. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect if you are considering signing up.
The Beara Peninsula was a natural choice for this race, set against the Caha Mountains and rugged, epic, Wild Atlantic Way coastline – the scene is set.
What is involved?
Starting and finishing on the shoreline of the famous fishing village of Castletownbere the event is a 12 hour, one-day individual unsupported adventure race across the uncharted territory of the Beara Peninsula in West Cork. You will run across the Caha Mountains and the Beara way, cycle through the Healy Pass, along the Ring of Beara, and through the picturesque villages of Eyeries and Allihies. Kayak in Bantry Bay out to Bere Island and follow an ancient trail run around the island, before finishing at Castletownbere. Basecamp for this adventure is at Castletownbere Golf Club.
The first stage sees participants taking on their first run, starting at Berehaven Golf Club (Transition 1), there is a short road run before you hit the trails. You will climb to the top of Maulin Mountain, which is a looped run, returning to Berehaven Golf Club (Transition 1), covering a total distance of 18.35km.
After collecting your bike at T1, you will take on the first and the longest cycle stage of the event (82.3km). Cycling east from Berehaven Golf Club along the Wild Atlantic Way you will cycle over the Healy Pass into the village of Lauragh. From there you continue along the coastal road through the villages of Ardgroom, Eyeries and Allihies arriving at the second transition area (T2) located on Garnish Pier, home to Ireland’s only cable car. Finishing your cycle at Garnish Pier your next run (12.10km loop) will take you south on the Beara Way. Heading out along Crow Head you will take in the stunning views of the Dursey Cable Car. This is a gentle, flat trail run with only one short steep section. Back on the bike again you begin your final cycle (25.88km) back to Berehaven Golf Club (T3). Cycling along the stunning coast road through the small fishing village of Castletownbere.
After racking your bike at transition 3 by Berehaven Golf Club, head down to the pier to collect your kayak. This is a 1.5km exciting trip over to North Shore, Bere Island. Once on dry ground you will head on a 10.28km trail run past the famous Martello tower and up to the highest point on the island, the Bere Island Cross. Once you get to the cross, follow the trail back to the North Shore and collect your kayak again – you are now on the homeward stretch with the last stage of the event – kayak back across the harbour to the finish line at Berehaven Golf Club!
This event will test those who enter. Some will compete to win; some will compete to finish the route in the allotted time and others will compete to see just how far they can push themselves. Whatever your decision we would encourage you to take your training seriously. We have developed a training plan which you can use for guidance – talk to other competitors, do your research and put in the hours. It will be worth it. You can also drop us an email to email@example.com if you have any questions on the event.
Everyone who finishes their event will receive a customised finishers medal and Quest 12-branded merchandise. There will be refreshments for participants and prize-giving will take place on Saturday evening along with some serious post-event analysis, or bragging, once everyone is back on their feet. We are exceptionally excited to bring this great event to Beara this year, it is going to be something very special. We hope you will be part of it.
Quest 12 Beara takes place on 28th August 2021 with limited places available. You can find more information here.