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Ashdown Park Hotel In Gorey Serves Up A Wonderful Treat!

At the end of today’s very enjoyable 42km run Siobhan approached Paul Finnegan General Manager of Gorey’s 4 star Ashdown Park Hotel to see if they would be interested in sponsoring us for a stay to recharge our very weary batteries. Paul said they would be delighted :) Thank you everyone so much!

Two world runners Tony Mangan and Jesper Olsen check into the Ashdown Park Hotel in Gorey

Over dinner  the hotel’s duty manager Stephen Larkin told us about the hotels enterprising farm which provides the deliciously fresh food we sampled.

The Ashdown Park Hotel is proud of its locally produced food on the  Redmond Family Farm in Craanford is approximately five miles outside the market town and supplies much of the beef, salads and vegetables that are used in the hotels, under the watchful eye of Group Director of Kitchen Operations Chris Farrell.

Redmond’s currently supply a large portion of their hand reared beef, naturally grown
pesticide free vegetables and salads into both hotels. It is the hope that by 2014, all beef eaten in a Redmond hotel will be supplied by the Redmond Family Farm.

On the farmland in the parish of Craanford, some 500 head of free range grass fed Angus Beef cattle are being reared. ‘For us provenance is key,’ said Tommy Redmond. ‘Customers need to know the origin of the excellent quality of food we have on offer. It’s an exciting project and one we are very proud of.’

Hughie and Nicky work the farm and deliver the produce daily to the hotel. ‘The phrase farm to fork really applies to Redmond Hotels,’ said Hughie. ‘It isn’t unusual for us to pick in the morning, deliver to the hotels to have it plated and served that evening.’

‘Many times I have been working in the field to receive an email order for ten heads of Cos Lettuce,’ he added. ‘It can be out of the groundand down to the hotel within 20 minutes, so it really is farm to fork.’

Chris Farrell has his agenda mapped out. ‘Quality across the board is vitally important,’ he said. ‘Menu variety, premium flavours, and honesty in the food, allowing the ingredients and meal to speak for themselves are key for us, whether it is a mixed leaf salad, an a-la-carte main dish or fresh pastry – the taste of farm on a plate.

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2 Responses to “Ashdown Park Hotel In Gorey Serves Up A Wonderful Treat!”

  1. kevin scanlon Says:

    tony, its not too often a fella gets to run with 2 world runners. the stories and friendship are amazing. tell Jesper to try to keep up today!!!! see you tomorrow and welcome to Wicklow. kevin

  2. Ann Says:

    Great that Jesper is also sampling the Redmond’s farm fresh food. Nearly there now :-)

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I have always considered myself to be an average runner. In school, I was even bullied for I was a sports wimp. Through hard work, dedication, perseverance, self-belief and a strong mind I succeeded in not only running around the world but breaking four ultra running world records during my competitive career. Having previously cycled around the world I didn't start running until I was almost 30. Then I had a dream of running around the world. For many reasons, I waited for over 20 years. One reason was to establish my pedigree as an endurance athlete. I started and finished my world run as the current World Record-Holder for 48 Hours Indoor Track 426 kilometres (265 miles), a record I have held since 2007. I also broke and still hold the World Record for 48 hours on a Treadmill 405 kilometres (251 miles) in 2008. When I retired from competition, more pleasing than any of my world, European or Irish records I had the respect of my fellow athletes from all over the world - in my opinion, sports greatest reward - an achievement I am most proud of. Then I finally put myself out to pasture, to live my ultimate dream to run around the world! This blog was written on the road while I struggled to find places to sleep and to recover from running an average of 43.3 kilometres or 27 miles per day for 1,165 road days. There were many nights I typed this blog on a smart phone, so fatigued my eyes closed. Many journalists and endurance athletes have referred to my world run as the most difficult endurance challenge ever attempted. During my expedition I rarely had any support vehicles, running mostly with a backpack. In the more desolate areas I pushed my gear, food and water in a cart which I called Nirvana, then I sent her on ahead to run with my backpack once again over altitudes of almost 5,000 metres in the Andes. I stayed in remote villages where many people had never seen a white person before. I literally met the most wonderful people of this world in their own backyard and share many of those amazing experiences in this blog. My run around the world took 4 years. There were no short cuts, I ran every single metre on the road while seeking out the most comprehensive route across 41 countries, 5 continents, I used 50 pair of running shoes and my final footstep of the run was exactly 50,000 kilometres, (almost 31,000 miles) I eventually finished this tongue in cheek named world jog where I started, at the finish line of my city marathon. I started my global run with the Dublin Marathon on October 25th 2010 and finished with the Dublin Marathon on October 27th 2014 at 3 05pm! Thank you for your support, I hope you can share my unique way of seeing the world, the ultimate endurance challenge! Read more...

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