Wexford's Pikeman Challenge launched

Published 23/06/2015 | 00:00

At the launch: Richard Murphy, Lisa Keeling, Paul Banville, Theresa Byrne, Joss O'Connor, Nicholas Keeling, Larry O'Gorman, Willie Murphy and Ultan Ryan.
At the launch: Richard Murphy, Lisa Keeling, Paul Banville, Theresa Byrne, Joss O'Connor, Nicholas Keeling, Larry O'Gorman, Willie Murphy and Ultan Ryan.

IF you fancy a challenge in some stunning countryside, then the Faythe Harriers 8th Pikeman Challenge could be just up your street.

The Challenge, which takes place over 75km on three days, Friday, August 14, to Sunday, August 16, begins with a walk over Forth Mountain and a descent into Barntown Village.

While that may have been a gentle start, day two will prove a hard one, with a mountain trek over the Blackstairs Way, starting at Mullaunnasmear, Bunclody, climbing Blackrock Mountain, over Mountain Leinster into the Scullogue Gap and then a trek over the Blackstairs Mountains and a descent into Glynn village, in Carlow.

Day Three will involve a beach walk, starting at Culleton's Gap, Curracloe, to the Raven Point, and back again to Culleton's Gap.

Willie Murphy, from the Faythe Harriers, said the second day would be very tough and would involve a nine-hour trek.

'It is being done in conjunction with Wexford Hillwaking Club, so there will be an experienced hillwaker with every group,' he said.

Willie said other sporting clubs including the Bohemians and St. Mary's had taken part in past challenges with donations made to the Faythe Harriers by the club groups who got sponsorship for their own clubs.

The Pikeman Challenge was launched at the offices of the main sponsor Wexford Credit Union last week and anyone who would like to take part is being asked to call 086 0832120.

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