Heather has worked as a model, reporter and television presenter but, it was her work at Outsider magazine that pushed her to turn her sporting interests towards adventure sports. Heather comes from Dun Laoghaire and has always had a passion for sports and the outdoors. Growing up, she took part in competitive swimming, hockey, cricket, tennis and went out kayaking, abseiling and trekking.
At Outsider magazine Heather began learning more about extreme sports and got the bug to take part. She went from 10km races to the Dublin Marathon and then advanced to endurance, adventure races. For her the longer, the tougher, the better! In 2013 she took part in a 250km six stage race in Iceland. She ran a marathon a day for the first four days. She had blisters so bad that one was nicknamed ‘The Shark Bite’. But despite the pain she finished and says nothing could compare to the feeling of euphoria that the finishing line brought.
She now lives in London with her boyfriend,Patrick, a fellow adventure racer, and is the Editor of Total Women’s Cycling. She cycles,swims and runs and comes back to Ireland to take part in races with her long-term adventure partner Gavin Lyons.
“I did the Beast in 2011, the first time I ever did the Beast, that was my first big taste of long endurance racing, staying up for 36 hours at a time, and I think when I did the Beast something completely changed in me, or flicked I think, because I thought if I could do the Beast then that just opened up like a world of other races that I could do that I would have thought was completely out of my league up until that point”