If you didn't qualify for Rio this year, perhaps you might like to set your sights on the the Fei Sheehy Challenge in August by joining other hill walking 'Olympians' on the Comeragh, Galty and Knockmealdown Mountains. You can choose to do one, two or three days of the fundraising challenge, depending on your fitness level.
To be fair, you have a better chance of collecting a medal at our event, as all you have to do is get from A to B and 1st, 2nd's or 3rd's are irrelevant. Of course, there is the small matter of navigating a bit of distance and height gain in between, but that should be no problem to a good hill walker like you. The closing day of the Rio Olympics coincides with the last day of the challenge.
There's also the 'Club Challenge' to consider. It's just a matter of a group of like minded walkers, within a club, getting together and declaring an interest in the event, in advance. Last year, Peaks Mountaineering Club carried off the title and trophy after putting in the work before and during the event. Rumour has it that they're recruiting an even bigger group, from the ranks of their 'A' and 'B' walkers to assist with retaining the crown.
If distance/accommodation are a major impediment to a club taking part in the 'Club Challenge' then they should contact me. If there is a demand, we should be able to accommodate some home-stays with other hill walkers in the area. A small donation towards the fundraising would be fair for this type of service, I think.
Registration is now open and numbers are limited. There are no refunds but the registration fee will go to the nominated charities if you can't make it. Come the opening day of the Olympics proper on the 5th August you'll be just brimming with fitness and energy and looking for a release outlet. By then it will be too late to register so commit early and keep it in focus.