JASON BLACK HAS a little under 800 more gruelling kilometres to go in the Race Around Ireland, the Letterkenny man hoping to cross the finish line on Sunday.
Last Sunday, Donegal adventurer and Letterkenny businesman Black started off the 2,150km challenge at Trim Castle in County Meath.
He went through Donegal on Monday morning and is now well on his way, despite hitting a couple of setbacks.
Photo caption: Letterkenny’s Jason Black, who is taking part in the Race Around Ireland. Photo: David McDaid
At present, Jason is on his way through a 120km journey from Kenmare to Mizen Head.[adrotate group=”38″]
“Through the journey he has endured several set backs including sore pains in the feet where a change of shoes in Galway have seemed to help,” a spokesman for his team said.
“He has also had achilles problems which are trying to be overcome by adjusting his saddle on a regular basis. To top this over the past three days he has had to endure high wind and weather factors and in his last stint he had 30mph gust and torrential rain to deal with.
“Jason would like to thank everyone for the great support he has received around the country so far and hopes it continue. He has said ‘it gives me a great motivation on the bike to see people out and cheering me along’.”
Black is competing in the solo category of the ultra endurance race.
The Race Around Ireland is regarded as one of the toughest endurance challenges in the world and will take the racers on a 2,150km journey past some of the most stunning scenery in Ireland.
The Race Around Ireland is a round of the UMCA Ultra Cup and the Race Around Ireland is also a round of the UMCA World Cup.
The event features 14 individuals from around the world with only three entries from Ireland this year, including Black.
The spokesman said: “When he gets to Mizen head he will have 740kms to go in the course which weather permitting and injury avoidance will hopefully see him cross the line Sunday morning or Sunday afternoon.”[adrotate group=”37″]
As Jason travels around the coast he carries the Blue banner in support of the Donegal Autism Family Support Group, whose main aims lie with helping create awareness of support for parents and carers of loved ones on the autism spectrum.
The group was set up around 10 years ago and is run by parents/carers of those with autism spectrum disorder and other related conditions which all work on a voluntary basis with there main aims to raise awareness in the local area.
The group supports parents and provide activities for children on the autism spectrum they also organise events and activities which may not be otherwise accessible and have recently started a youth club which is run on a weekly basis for children aged 12 plus.
You can track Jason Black’s progress here – https://gps.blackblox.si/race/rai2016Tags: