I think there is some relevance in that quote for what we do. If you don’t have some reservations about challenges then they may not be hard enough for you.
What’s becoming more noticeable from year to year, on this event, is the broad pool (in terms of fitness) of hillwalkers that it’s appealing to and the serious intent on doing what they come to do - be it one, two or three days. It’s no surprise that there’s a mix of pleasant hysteria and trepidation on the first day but it doesn’t take long for walkers to settle into their pace.
We had a great three days with no accidents or incidents. We had typical hillwalking weather. It was Summer in the sun and Autumn when the mist was down.
The All-Ireland Club Challenge trophy was won by The Wayfarers Hiking Club again this year. Two new recruits to the team this year so there’s great depth in the club for challenge hillwalkers.
Thank to everyone for registering, participating and donating.
We are very grateful to those who sponsored food, prizes for the draw and offered financial and logistical support with venus etc.
Special mention to the ladies for doing brilliant job with the catering, refreshments and entertaining banter, Mc Carra’s for the prompt buses and Lian for the presentations.
Thanks for your feedback and words of kindness after the event. I’m honoured to put this on for you and my reward is seeing the delight and sense of achievement on your faces. Fantastic achievements by those increasing their days walked and all those who came for the first time and knocked it out of the park.
Quote of the weekend goes to Michael; after finishing the second day in Anglesboro :
“How many sticks of dynamite would it take to blow up Temple Hill?”
Ger Barrett, Pat Beardmore, Pavel Madar Bodi, Marian Cahill, Paul Carroll, Karol Caulfield, Evan Causer, Fintan Cooney, Eric Crowe, Maria De Charmant, Patrick Dennis, Seán Doherty, Kevin Finn, Ian Fitzgerald, Steven Forde, Sean Francis, Sean Freeman, David Guenot, Padraig Hackett, Patrick Harraghy, Peter Hertting, Maeve Higgins, Michael Kearney, Brian Kelly, David Kiely, Cesar Lopez, Derek Lyons, Joe Mangan, David McDonnell, Aine McGirl, Daniel Mills, Michael Moroney, Alan O’Brien, Bríd O’Brien, Josephine O’Brien, Tom O’Brien, Ronan O’Byrne, Mary O’Connell, Ronan O’Connor, Fiona O’Neill, Muiris O’Suilleabhain, Andy Owens, David Power, Deirdre O’Sullivan Rafter, Pamela Ramsbottom, Gerard Sheehy, Rachel Solon, Suzanne West.
Sign-In/Sign-Out, Stand-By and Catering
Margo, Martha, Nuala, Eimear, Kate.
31 did 3 days (a record)
7 did 2 days
10 did 1 day.
19 Participants were new to the event
10 did 3 days
3 did 2 days
6 did 1 day.
The Wayfarers Hiking Club had 6 members and all did 3 days. A record 18 points.
Clubs and Walking Groups Represented:
Ballyhoura Bears, Bishopstown Hillwalking Club, Bogtrotters, Dublin Free Hikers, Galtee Walking Club, Limerick Climbing Club, Maumturks Walking Club, Mid Tipp Hillwalkers, Na Sléibhte Hillwalking Club, Peaks Mountaineering Club, The Wayfarers Hiking Club, Tralee Hillwalking Club and Tyndall Mountain Club.
Well done Steven Forde on doing every day for the last five years.
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