One amateur athlete, will endure 10 gruelling months of physical and mental torture in the hopes of completing Irelands toughest endurance event. Known as "The Race", this insane 250KM course involves running, cycling, kayaking and mountain climbing. This blood, sweat and tears journey follows Blane O'Donnell and his coach Aidan Doherty, as he transforms from couch potato to Ultra runner.
Join Blane every step of the way as he faces the greatest challenge of his life. Learn all about what it takes to become an Ultra Runner as well as hearing experiences from athletes, coaches and sports nutritionists.
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Dr Noel Brick is a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Ulster University. Noel’s research interests include the impact of attentional focus, cognitive strategies, and metacognitive processes on the regulation of endurance performance. This work also extends to the role of cognitive strategies and metacognition on longer-term exercise activity adherence. Alongside his academic and research activities, Noel is also a long-distance runner and has completed more than 30 marathons and ultra-marathons including the Marathon des Sables in 2012 and the Irish 24-hour Championships in 2013.