Simon Clark and Rachel Winter have reached North Mayo’s Mullet Peninsula, on their 2,200-mile, clockwise-circumnavigation of Ireland’s coastline. Running 15-25 miles per day, they have covered 1,500 miles. With no support team, they run with all that they need on their backs, and often camp out in bivi bags. Simon, who is keeping up with his architectural business en route, and Rachel, Ecologia’s former Administrator & Volunteers Coordinator, are fundraising in aid of Ecologia Youth Trust’s work with orphans and vulnerable youth: aiming to raise over £10,000, their total is currently £4,127.
Around the country, they have been protected from rain-driven storms on many nights by being given refuge in the homes of friends; in hotels, B&B’s, and holiday homes, by accommodation providers keen to support their charitable efforts; and even, on some of the wettest nights, in cow sheds, stables and the floors of community centres.
Simon and Rachel started running from Dublin’s iconic O’Connell Bridge, on the 7th August. In the west, the Wild Atlantic Way and small coastal paths are making their route even more dramatic. Staying as close as possible to the shore, they hope to finish back in Dublin and return home to Findhorn, Scotland by early March.