Both Kevin and Mark have been enjoying the mountains and trails for a number of years not only for their own pursuits but also for developing the fitness and endurance levels of performance tennis players they work with. Such was the fun and success of these fitness sessions that they decided to specialize in trail running.Trail running is great for the mind and the body. Being outside in nature – regardless of the weather – brings its own sense of calm and peace often lacking in hectic busy young lives. Running through the forest fosters a sense of adventure and excitement for the kids.
Kevin O’Brien is a trail and mountain runner with a real passion for getting kids active. He loves to get out running in the mountains and share the fun and enjoyment on the trails with people.He has completed the Art O’Neill challenge, a 50km ultra endurance race from Dublin Castle to Glenmalure, summited Mt Blanc and Kilimanjaro, cycled solo from Dublin-London, and from Dublin-Cork in one day. He earned a respectable 5th place finish at the Mourne Mountain Marathon; winner of Moonlight challenge 2015 in aid of Glen of Imaal mountain rescue and placed 36th in his first Skyrunning race – Mourne Skyline MTR.
Kevin is laboratory technician in the Department of Science and Health at IT Carlow. On a daily basis Kevin will work with lecturers and students, physiological and biomechanical equipment. At times testing athletes VO2max capabilities and performing lactate threshold testing. He is a youth conditioning specialist who focuses on youth exercise enjoyment & movement training. Previously he was the Head Strength and Conditioning coach with Tennis Ireland, and individuals such as Fionnuala Britton, double European Cross Country Champion and Paddy Kelly, Irish Basketball Player of the Year 2011.
For over two decades Mark Eiffe has been involved in sports coaching. He has run schools swimming programmes, provided Strength and Conditioning to the Irish Karate squad but nothing has captured his attention like trail running.Mark has been an active trail runner the past few years mixing in triathlons, adventure races and cycling sportives. Mark has completed the 25k Wicklow Way trail race several times, the 50k Art O’Neill challenge and more recently he followed in the footsteps of Edmund Hillary by trekking 450 km unsupported across the Himalayas to Everest base camp.
Mark is currently involved with the Templeogue Tennis Club Junior Academy, and a number of other individuals and tennis clubs around Dublin. Mark’s expertise in youth conditioning is second to none and he always brings a great enthusiasm to his sessions.