Changing the format to looped walks worked out very well as there was nothing lost in the integrity of the challenge. In fact, the routes made it that bit more difficult but they also provided a change for those that are regulars to the event. Everything was done outdoors, including registration and walkers just mozied off after they had signed in.
This was just unadulterated challenge hillwalking of the highest standard over the three days. Tough underfoot conditions, limited visibility and a bit of a curve ball thrown each day to mentally and physically challenge participants that little bit more. Any rain that fell during the walks was that lovely warm vertical stuff that you'd welcome on a muggy day. All-in-all a celebration of challenge hillwalking.
Douglas & St. FinBarre’s Scouts won the All-Ireland Club Challenge trophy. It's important to note here that some of their team had never done a challenge hillwalk before.
I can’t thank you all enough for registering, participating and donating.
Thanks to all those who supported the event, SEMRA, the land owners and those that allowed us to use their facilities.
Eric Barry, Patrick Boland, Andrew Breslin, Karol Caulfield, Evan Causer, Fintan Cooney, Daniel Cowhig, Eric Crowe, Killian D’Arcy, Maria De Charmant, Patrick Dennis, Seán Doherty, Eoin Field, Kevin Finn, Aoife Fitzgerald, Ian Fitzgerald, Steven Forde, Sean Freeman, Kealan Gallagher, Padraig Hackett, Patrick Harraghy, Peter Hertting, Ger Hodkinson, Siobhán Hodkinson, Anthony Holmes, Brian Kelly, Jenny Kelly, David Kinnear, Derek Lyons, Conor McCarthy, Damien McCurry, David McDonnell, Gerry McVeigh, Darren Nicholson, Alan O’Brien, Josephine O’Brien, Johnny O’Connell, Mary O’Connell, Conor O’Driscoll, Thomas O’Dwyer, Graham O’Reilly, Andy Owens, David Power, Michael Rea, Noel Ryall, Gerard Sheehy, William Smyth, Mick Stewart, Nick Swanton, Mark Vesey, Cormack Walsh, Philip Walsh, Rowan Walsh.
Lian, Martha & Pat.
30 did 3 days
4 did 2 days
19 did 1 day.
20 Participants were new to the event and 8 of those did 3 days.
Douglas & St. FinBarres Scouts won the Club Challenge trophy with 18 points, from 11 members. They threw the kitchen sink at it and it paid off.
Clubs and Walking Groups Represented:
Ballyhoura Bears, Bishopstown Hillwalking Club, Bogtrotters, Douglas Scouts, Clonakilty Hillwalking Club, Limerick Climbing Club, Mid-Tipp Hillwalkers, Na Sléibhte Hillwalking Club, Peaks Mountaineering Club, The Wayfarers Hiking Club, Trailblazers Hiking Group.
Well done Steven Forde on doing every day of the challenge, for the last seven years and I think that Josephine and Gerry have missed just one day of the 21.
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