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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Lions in training for 80-mile walk

COASTER TREK NOW IN SEVENTH YEAR

MEMBERS of Wexford Lions Club are already in training for an epic walk in August which will take in 80 of Wexford's 140 miles of coastline.

Now in it's 7th year the annual coastal walk is the main fundraiser for the club, and all of the monies raised are reinvested in the local community.

The starting point is Kilmichael Point - the northern tip of the county, and the walk continues down the coast in ten mile sections via Curracloe, Rosslare, Kimore, Fethard and Hook finishing up in Duncannon. The route gives participants and opportunity to see the best of what Wexford has to offer in beaches, flora, fauna and historical sites.

The walk starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 26 and finishes at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 28. Teams from local businesses, clubs and organisations are invited to participate, with each team member walking one of the eight routes. Participants are asked to rasie €100 each.

According to Club President, Seamus Flood: ' There are ten weeks to the walk, that's a weekly target of €10 to raise the sponsorship. People cut back on a few pints or cigarettes each week, putting the money towards the walk instead. It's a great sense of achievement, raising €100, completing the ten miles and getting fit, especially when they know that their money goes back into the community'.

Buses ferry walkers to and from each section; fruit, chocolate and water are provided along the route; and there are refreshments at the end of every section. A Lions Coastal Walk t-shirt is issued to each participant as a souvenir of the adventure.

Sponsorship cards are available from members of the club by texting 086 0323657 or by emailing wexfordlionsclub@gmail.com.

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