Category: Challenge Events Articles & Reports

Exigent Networks conquer Ireland’s Highest Mountain

Saturday the 14th Of September saw the last fundraising event for Exigent Networks annual charity drive at the office. Every year a charity is selected and this year they have been supporting the 3Ts charity (Turn The Tide of Suicide) which is a very worthy charity who work to prevent suicide across Ireland . The Charity Climb up Ireland’s largest mountain Carrauntoohil in aid of 3Ts (Turn the Tide of Suicide) turned out to be a great success with over 45 Participants taking part raising over Read more [...]

Irelander Event First Successful “Pro/Am” Four Peak Challenge

The weekend of 5th-7th April, 2013, saw the inaugural Irelander four peak challenge run successfully despite unusually inclement weather conditions for the time of year. Organised and run by the Life Adventure Company, the event was a designed as a fundraiser for Mountain Rescue Ireland, whose twelve specialist teams provide a fourth emergency service for hill walkers and mountaineers throughout Ireland, all year round. The event was sponsored by leading Irish forecourt retailer Applegreen Read more [...]

Are we there yet? The 2013 Guide to Challenge Walks in Ireland

We all love a walk of one sort or another. Maybe your preference is for a gentle stroll in your local forest park or a leisurely ramble along the beach. Perhaps the more adventurous of you enjoy spending a few hours tackling one of the many beautiful mountains and hills around Ireland. However, there is another breed of walker who seek their thrills from something a bit more substantial. For these hardy souls, the adrenaline rush only kicks in during a full day spent skilfully navigating difficult Read more [...]

Hill & Dale, Oz and the Mourne Mountain Marathon 2012

Sky Sports Broadcaster Mark Robson has kindly provided us with an excellent account of his attempt at the 2012 Mourne Mountain Marathon. Mark gives a superb insight into his unique training regine, from taking part in the Hill & Dale series, completing the challenging Mourne Seven Sevens despite a torn hamstring through to trying to fit training in around his work schedule. You can’t get enough training days ! Above the Ben Crom Dam. I was holding the sticks for someone else. They are only for softies.[/caption]On the 31st of July the washing machine clogged up with bits of peat bog. For me this was a sign that the preparation was going well. Actually that was maybe an exaggeration. It was an indication though that at least I was getting the miles in. I mean it must take a lot of peat encrusted sock washes to disable a modern Zanussi. But I was nervous. Every time I thought of the “MMM 2012″ there were accompanying pangs of anxiety. This year the lead in to the big event had been cursed with nasty speedbumps. Read more [...]

Be part of the world’s greatest team challenge – Oxfam Ireland’s TRAILTREKKER 2012 Your legs will hurt. Your spirit will soar…

For all those looking for a rewarding challenge, Oxfam Ireland is now recruiting teams for TRAILTREKKER 2012, an inspirational non-stop 50km/100km team event described by participants as “tough”, “exhilarating” and “amazing”. From complete novices to seasoned hill-walkers and adventure race participants, teams of two and four people will take on the tough but rewarding challenge through the Mourne Mountains to Carlingford on September 1st and 2nd. Teams of four will commit to raising Read more [...]

2012 Summer Solstice ‘Walk The Line’ Challenge

After the unprecedented success of last year's inaugural Summer Solstice "Walk the Line" Challenge the Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team (DWMRT) is pleased to announce the date of the 2012 Summer Solstice "Walk the Line" Challenge, www.walktheline.ie. The Walk the Line challenge is the DWMRT's most significant fundraising event of the year. Last year it raised over ?38,000 for the team with the money being used to purchase a new Land Rover, call sign MR4, which proudly displays the Walk the Read more [...]

Oxfam’s TRAILTREKKER 2011 challenge proves another success

The third annual Oxfam Ireland TRAILTREKKER event attracted more than 400 participants to set off from Donard Park in Newcastle early on Saturday 10th September at the start of one of the most gruelling charity endurance challenges. Each team had a single goal – to complete the epic 100km or alternative 50km route and reach the finishing line at Carlingford Sailing Club inside 36 or 20 hours. Battling the weather to walk by day and by night through the Mournes, the Ring of Gullion and the Cooley Read more [...]

Trailtrekker 2010… a very emotional battle.

Having shared his training schedule with us, an exhausted Stephen Wilson is back to give an excellent and riveting account of his team's very emotional battle with the Oxfam Trailtrekker 2010 Challenge. The challenge covered just over 100km between Newcastle, County Down and Carlingford, County Louth crossing terrain of all types. Since my last update on the Mourne 7 sevens we had decided to tone down the training in the final weeks before the Trailtrekker itself. Our fundraising walk on the 15th of August was a great success as we got a beautiful day to dander from Helens Bay to Whitespots Country Park with a fantastic bunch of people and managed to raise over £300. Our training up to now had covered virtually every kind of terrain at various times of day and night in varying conditions, but we felt that we needed to get in one last long distance walk that would be mostly on tarmac. With this in mind we decided to take on a route suggested by our support driver, John Moore. So, on Sunday 22nd August, myself, Eve and Melissa got up early and walked from Hazelbank Park in Whiteabbey, using the cycle path down to the docks, through Belfast and along the Airport Road to Holywood. Read more [...]