Trailblazers trek Glendalough to fight blindness

Registration is now open for the Glendalough Trail run in aid of Irish patient-led charity Fighting Blindness

GlendaloughThe Glendalough Trail takes place in Laragh, Co. Wicklow on Saturday, November 1, at 11am. This is the fifth year of the Glendalough Trail, which offers a 15.5km run and a 10km jog/walk option.

Fighting Blindness is calling on walkers, runners and joggers of all abilities to take part in this off-road challenge along stunning forest trails through the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Over 200 people hit the ground running for last year’s event and raised over €13,000 to support research into treatments and cures for blindness.

Tony Ward, Head of Fundraising with Fighting Blindness, has taken part in the Glendalough Trail for the past four years and is planning to run the15.5km again this year, he said, “This event is unique, with a carefully planned route through the beautiful Glendalough 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 hope all of our annual supporters, and many new ones, 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 flagship fundraising event for us due to its success and popularity. We are always overwhelmed by the generous support of everyone who takes part in, and volunteers at, the event.”

There are a limited number of spaces available for the Glendalough Trail because of environmental restrictions in the area so runners are encouraged to sign-up as soon as possible at The entry fee for the event is €20 and there is a further €50 minimum fundraising target, with all proceeds going to Fighting Blindness.

Fighting Blindness works with rare, genetic, age-related, and degenerative eye conditions that affect an estimated 224,000 people in Ireland. The organisation also provides a professional counselling service for people living with sight loss and their families. For more information please visit