Set up in 2015 between Kevin O’Brien and Mark Eiffe as a social enterprise to help combat the ever increasing rise in obesity and decrease in physical activity levels. All profits go back into developing new locations and coaches and providing more opportunities for children to get out in exercise in nature. Trail Kids sessions are structured around the 3 key reasons children and teenagers drop out of sports – 1) To have fun 2) A lack of ownership and 3) spending time on the sidelines. At Trail Kids there are no sidelines, we cater for every child. Every child can have an input into session design developing a certain ownership for the sessions and key fundamental movement challenges en route ensure we have fun on the run! 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 worked 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 free through the forest fosters a sense of adventure and excitement for the kids.
Trail Kids Mullaghreelan is led by Kevin O’Brien, 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 works 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.
Trail Kids Kilkenny is led by Jaime Edwards, a trail and ultra-runner, mountain biker and triathlete and has extensive experience of the outdoor environment. He has participated in expeditions within many regions of the world including: the Himalayas, the Alps, the Canadian Rockies, Central America, UK, Africa and Australia. He is a member of Mountaineering Ireland and the Irish Mountain Running Association, and spends his spare time encouraging his own kids to join him in the mountains and local woodlands.Jaime is an Environmental Scientist and studied at Limerick Institute of Technology – He is currently undertaking the 2-year Presidents Research Fellowship for a Masters by Research at IT Carlow. For the last number of years Jaime has been a youth academy coach at Evergreen Football Club in Kilkenny City where he coaches 6 – 10 year old boys and girls in the skills necessary to play competitive football.