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Barretstown Dublin Mountains Challenge
The Dublin Mountains, Sunday 28th May 2017
Barretstown, the children’s charity for children with serious illnesses, is hosting its 4th annual Dublin Mountains Challenge on Sunday 28th May to raise much needed funds for the charity. The hugely popular event which began in 2014, has seen 1,600 people participate over the years with over 550 people taking part in 2016 raising a total €132,000.
Walkers can take on the spectacularly picturesque routes as an individual or as part of a team of four, and there will be volunteers along the route to make sure all those taking part are well looked after. Participants will be tested by climbing some of Dublin’s highest peaks, passing the lakes and reservoirs of the Dublin Mountains. Throughout the trek hikers will be able to enjoy some of the most stunning views around over the Irish Sea. At the finish line, all those taking part will receive a hot meal on top of their hero’s welcome!
Speaking about last year’s hike, Eileen, a volunteer who has participated in the event for the past two years said: “We were blessed with the weather and I really enjoyed the challenge.Even though the walk itself is challenging at times, it’s nothing in comparison to what children attending Barretstown face every day.”
Emma Nolan, another regular participant said; “From the funny warm up guy to the hearty Irish stew on Three Rock the day could not have been better. And whoever was looking after the weather did us a favour too! The lovely volunteers cheered us every inch of the way, which was great for moral. It was all worth it in the end and was a brilliant experience.”
In 2017, the event will offer two options available to participants:
1. The first route (42km) takes a scenic mountain route from Tallaght Stadium and finishes in Shankill, with about 9/10 hours of walking time.
2. The second route (24km) is shorter and will take approximately 4/5 hours to complete, beginning in Tallaght Stadium and ending in Three Rock.
Speaking about the event, Dee Ahearn, Chief Executive of Barretstown said; “The Dublin Mountains Challenge is one of my favourite events of the year as it gets everyone outdoors – young and old alike! The walks really give people a target to work towards in their own lives while raising much needed funds for Barretstown. All children and their families come to Barretstown free of charge. Each year we must raise a total of €5 million to keep bringing some magic into children’s lives. We had an incredible turnout last year and hopefully we’ll be able to improve on that again this year.”
For those looking to enter the 24km walk, the entry fee is €50 for an individual and €175 for a team. For the 42km walk, it is €75 for an individual and €250 for a team. In additional to the registration fee, all participants are being asked to raise a minimum of €100. The Dublin Mountains Challenge is sponsored by Lucozade Sport and all funds raised will go directly to the children’s charity.
- Sunday 28th May 2017
- €50 - €250
- Tallaght Stadium, Ireland