FKT attempt of the Wicklow Round in Ireland

By Alice Morrison

We may be in the midst of UTMB madness but it is always great to hear about new books/films out. This one is a corker.

It stars Joe ‘Stringbean’ McConaughy who glided to fame in 2017 for smashing the fastest known time ever recorded on the Appalachian Trail (LINK – REI) in 45 days, 12 hrs and 15mins.

He’s now a Columbia runner and they supported him this year to attempt to break a 9-year standing record for the Irish Wicklow Round (26 summits, 100+km, 6,000+ elevation) held by fellow Columbia endurance athlete Eoin Keith.

The time to beat was 17h 53m 45s.

The good news is that they made a documentary about it which you can watch here.

Did he do it? Shame on you for asking, RunUltra is not about the spoilers. Check it out and enjoy.

A love of distance and pain is what really separates an ultra runner from a distance runner. You have to accept the wins and the losses. And hope that your best is good enough.” – Joe McConaughy

"A love of distance and pain is what really separates an ultrarunner from a distance runner. You have to accept the wins and the losses. And hope that your best is good enough - Joe McConaughy"

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