Trail blazers trek Glendalough to fight blindness

Fighting Blindness has launched its sixth annual Glendalough Trail, taking place in Co. Wicklow on Saturday, October 31, at 11am. Open to all levels of fitness with 15.5km run and 10km jog/walk options.

Over 300 embraced the challenge last year raising €17,000 to support research into finding cures and treatments for sight-loss. Fighting Blindness is calling on walkers, runners and joggers to join them in this off-road experience, and enjoy the magnificent scenery along the green forest trails of Co. Wicklow.

Tony Ward, Head of Fundraising with Fighting Blindness: “The Glendalough Trail is unique, with a carefully planned route through the beautiful valley and a great variety of underfoot terrain. It is challenging to all, but also very achievable. Many people return year after year to try and get better times in the challenge. We welcome all of our annual supporters, and many new ones, to come and join us this year for what promises to be a great day out.”

Tony also explained the importance of the event to the work of the charity, saying: “Fighting Blindness is 90% funded by the public and the Glendalough Trail has become a vital fundraising event for us. We are always so grateful for the generous support of everyone involved.”

Spaces are limited for the Glendalough Trail because of environmental restrictions in the area so to avoid disappointment runners should sign-up as soon as possible at The entry fee is €20, with a further €50 minimum fundraising target, with all proceeds going to Fighting Blindness.