One man’s Everest…Ultra Runner, Sean Clifford, from Killarney, set an Irish record reaching the dizzy heights of 10,000 m of positive ascent in 23 hours and 53 minutes — the equivalent height of Mount Everest, and accumulative 10 times ascent of Ireland’s highest Mountain - Carrauntoohil, (1039 m) in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, County Kerry. Sean set about his challenge, on Caher Mountain, on Friday night, running through the night, ascending, Carrauntoohil, Cnoc an Toinne, using the Devil’s Ladder for ascents, and Bothar na Gige (The ’Zig Zags’) for descents. Final ascent was made on Carrauntoohil. Joined throughout his record breaking quest by fellow Killarney Ultra Runners, Joe O’Leary, Damien Courtney, Neil Kelders and Harold Clifford. An exhausted Sean returned to a heroes welcome at Cronin’s Yard - Official home to the Reeks, late on Saturday night. Also managing to raise funds for Dementia and Alzheimer awareness.
Sean, has competed in races across the globe, the UTMB in France, Diagonal des Fous on Reunion Island, El Cruce in Chile and Ankor Ultra in Cambodia. More recently he has placed 2nd in Ireland’s longest and toughest ultra marathon, the Kerry Way Ultra.Photo:Valerie O’Sullivan/ISSUED 14/07/2019/FREE PIC***