CALENDAR: Knockdhu OUT, Snowdon IN

I was going to run the International Race at Knockdhu this weekend, but as can be seen from the picture below, you need very specialised footwear to run it!

My Salomon's won't take that kind of terrain, so I'm ordering in a pair of Inov-8's new Mudclaw 270s which are perfect for this type of terrain. Instead I'll be filling out my weekend by running the 10k Irish Championship race at Cushbawn in North-West Wicklow.

I have decided to take a huge test upon me this year, however, so this summer I'll be heading to Wales (if my entry is accepted, its a very "crowded" race), to run the legendary "Snowdon" race.
This is a great opportunity, for this year I have run the highest mountain in Northern Ireland (Slieve Donard at 853m), I am due to run Carrauntoohil (highest mountain of Ireland), and now I can add Snowdon (highest mountain of Wales, 1085m/3560ft).

That leaves me with having to do Ben Nevis (highest mountain in Scotland and on all the Irish and British isles with 1344m/4406ft), and Scafell Pike (highest mountain in England at 978m/3210) in 2008.

Ahead lies a gruelling two weeks, 6.5km at Three-Rock will kick-off the Leinster League tonight, the Irish Championships start Sunday with 10k at Cushbawn, then Prince William's Seat (9.1km) next Wednesday, the fearsome Aughavannagh race over Lucnaquilla (an incredible 22.6km) and finally we return to Three-Rock (this time from Stepaside) for 6.8km.

Scafell Pike in England's Lake District