Weekend Guide: Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September

It’s a busy weekend with a number of races, walking events and a very interesting looking open water swimming event taking place. If you know of any other events taking place, please let us know by emailing the details to info@walkingandhikingireland.com

The i3 Open Water Swim takes place on Saturday and Sunday on Lough Derg. The series is open to swimmers of all ages and abilities. All you need to enter is a sense of adventure, a will to succeed and of course be able to swim. You can pick your own distance and start time and take to the water with hundreds of other like minded people to experience the amazing sensation of open water swimming. See www.i3swim.ie for details.

The Feackle Challenge 2012 takes place on Sunday at 11:30am. This is a 10km run or walk with all proceeds going to the Irish Heart Foundation and The Cardiac Unit at OLHSC Crumlin. See http://www.facebook.com/events/344386978927117/ for details.

The Causeway Coast Marathon will take place on Saturday. Having established itself as one of the most scenic marathons in the world the 2012 event is set to attract participants from across the globe that will come to compete alongside fellow runners on this fantastic route. With the addition of the Ultra Marathon distance in 2010 there is now an event for everyone from the serious Ultra Runner to the 10k specialists on the day of the event. In addition to the Ultra and 10km distances there are also Marathon and Half Marathon options. All events are fully waymarked and follow the paths, tracks, beaches and coastline of the Causeway Coast Way – probably one of the most spectacular coastlines in the whole world. See www.26extreme.com for details.

The Mooathon Marathon and Half-Marathon take place in Letterkenny, County Donegal on Sunday at 10am. Entry is €70 for full and €40 for Half Marathon. See www.mooathon.com for details.

In Kildare, the Kilcock Kilomarathon takes place on Sunday at 11:00am. This is a 26km flat route road race and is ideal preparation for Dublin City Marathon. Contact info@kilcockgaa.com for details.

Down in Cork, the Rosscarbery Steam Engine 5Km Fun Run & Walk takes place on Saturday at 2pm. This is the second running of this event with all proceeds going to local charity. Contact calnand@eircom.net for details.

The Spire 5km Run in Aid of Pieta House takes place in Kells, County Meath on Sunday at 1pm. The AAI sanctioned road race is being run in conjunction with Pieta House Suicide Prevention and Awareness. The run is an out and back course the mid point being the historic Spire of Llyod inland light house. Entry is €10 for juniors and €20 for seniors & vets. Email thespire5km@gmail.com for details.

Over in the West, the Ballyhaunis 8K takes place on Saturday at 4pm. The race is part of the C & C Cellular Mayo Athletic Club league series for 2012 but is also a fun run for all the family. Details are at: www.ballyhaunis8k.com

On Saturday, Hilltop Treks are holding a Full Moon Walk in the Cooley Mountains in aid of Barnardos Ireland. The walk will be a looped walk over Slieve Foye, the highest point in County Louth. There is a fundraising target of €100 per person. For more information, see http://www.walkingandhikingireland.com/?ai1ec_event=full-moon-walk-saturday-sept-29th-on-slieve-foye

As part of the Causeway Coast Marathon event, the organisers are running a 26 mile challenge walk which will follow the route of the marathon. See www.26extreme.com for details.

The Burren Peaks Walking Festival takes place from Friday through to Sunday and promises a real taste of the Burren offering guided hill and lowland walks varying in distance and grade catering for all walkers. Enjoy walking in this wonderfully rich unique limestone pavement with its Karst landscape, grykes, clints, paths, and green trail roads…..the land of the fertile rock with its precious and delicate terrain. Details are at: http://www.burrenpeakswalkingfestival.com/

Also taking place at the weekend is the Castlegregory Walking Festival on the Dingle Peninsular. Organised by the Dingle Hillwalking Club in association with Castlegregory Community Council, walks for all abilities have been arranged over two days to appreciate the rugged beauty of the West Kerry (Corca Dhuibhne) sea and mountain landscape.Three separate walks graded easy, moderate and difficult are planned for each day in the company of experienced local hillwalkers who will both lead the way and indicate points and places of interest which might otherwise be passed by un-noticed. Details are at: http://www.dinglehillwalkingclub.com/