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Carrigaline Runner Becomes First Irishman to Run Length of Bali

Conor Ignatius O’Brien, a Scaffolder of 10 years, and long distance runner became the first Irishman to run across the island of Bali, Indonesia raising almost $12,000 for the Bali Hope Children’s foundation. He finished third place in the race, in a time of 9 hours 29 minutes in a gruelling 50 mile ultra-marathon (84km) across the island in the night from coast to coast. Lovina to Canguu.

“This year’s race was unbelievable and the course record was smashed by 1st & 2nd place. My finishing time would of won last years race by 45 minutes so I have no sour feelings of losing to absolute barbarians in Daniel Luccinni (Perth Runner), and Noah Copeland (Melbourne). I left everything out there and was forced onto a medics IV drip 10 minutes after the race. Huge shoutout to all involved with the Bali Hope Ultra. I would class this as one of my toughest challenge yet against some great runners.” Conor told The Carrigdhoun.

In recent years, Conor has ran 6 official full marathons, multiple 50km & 50 mile races in the Canadian mountains whilst living in Vancouver, B.C. In 2019 (24 years of age 1 month), he became one of Irelands youngest ever distance runners to finish a 100 mile road race ultra-marathon in Connemara raising money for Pieta House.

Conor is a former school student of Minane Bridge National School and Secondary School student of Carrigaline Community School. He played soccer with Carrigaline United and GAA with Tracton underage and Carrigaline GAA from minor to U21’s.

Finish line with family and friends from left to right, Aaron Tang, Anthony O’Halloran, Shane O’Brien (Dad), Grainne O’Brien (Mom), Girlfriend Valeria Contreras, sister Molly O’Brien, Angela O’Halloran, Micky O’Grady & Wayan Sutama.

Keep up to all of Conor’s running on Instagram at @RunWithConor

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