Pikeman walk kicks off

By Amy Lewis

Published 30/07/2016 | 00:00

At the launch of The Faythe Harriers Pikeman Challenge in Wexford Credit Union.
At the launch of The Faythe Harriers Pikeman Challenge in Wexford Credit Union.

A large crowd of walkers will lace up their boots and take on some of Wexford's toughest terrain in the ninth annual Pikeman Challenge from August.

The three-day walking fundraiser will see participants take part in one or all of a series of three walks, all in aid of The Faythe Harriers. On day one, walkers will take on the Three Rocks Trail around Forth Mountain. Day two will be the toughest part of the challenge as participants are tasked with climbing the Blackstairs Mountains on a route that finishes in Carlow. This route is only suitable for more experienced walks who have prepared themselves for the challenge. The final day will run with a more relaxed pace as walkers head to the Raven Loop for a 12 km walk suitable for the whole family.

'The final day will be more of a fun walk and we want families to join in with their kids,' said one of the event organisers Richard Murphy.

Rest and lunch stops will be dotted along each of the routes to keep participants fuelled throughout each one of the walks.

Those who wish to take part are asked to register their interest and collect a sponsorship card from the club. All of the money raised will go to The Faythe Harriers. However, if people wish to participate and raise money for their own cause, they will only be required to pay the event registration fee to the club.

'We need to know in advance if people are attending as they will have to be prepared with suitable equipment,' said Richard. 'A pair of proper walking boots is absolutely essential.'

Now in its ninth year, the Pikeman Challenge is one of the main fundraising initiatives organised in aid of The Faythe Harriers. To date, it has raised almost €90,000 for the club.

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