Very sad for that poor mans family alright. I can imagine how it would put a dampener on the weekend for you. It's a harsh reminder of how fragile life is!
Also a stern reminder to take care in the moutains. Spoke to another local up there yesterday who walks the whole range most weekends. It was the last hill, Leenane Hill that you normally take the spur down to the hotel. The West side is very steep and on the night of zero visibility, it was saturated and had a strong wind crossing it's flank. The guy for some reason took this route to descend and unfortunately that's where Galway Mountain Rescue found him.
That is savage! I saw it pop up on my timeline about the event but I didn't realise you were on the course.
I was on that ridge collecting the CP's after the race and I had to abort on that due to the weather and being solo. I went back a week later and it was a different experience altogether.
Tragic to hear of the accident, it really is wild up there and hearing that makes be more comfortable knowing I made the right call aborting.