Two of our club members have been training extra hard in recent weeks in preparation for the Croagh Patrick Challenge which takes place this week-end.
PJ Hall and Ann Ronayne are both experienced marathoners as well as regular race participants and Gael Force veterans. They are part of the 12 strong team undertaking the Challenge of climbing the Reek 12 times in 24 hours. The team are planning to create a new world record for Croagh Patrick ascents on July 1st.
Croagh Patrick stands at 764 metres. Twelve ascents would result in more than 9,000 cumulative meters of climbing. Mount Everest,the world’s highest mountain, stands at 8,848 meters.
The current world record for the most ascents and descents of the Reek stands at nine. It was set by a group of army personnel some years ago. The Reek 24hr Challenge aims to raise funds for Mayo Mountain Rescue and the Red Cross, which will be on hand to help rescue and treat any stranded or hurt climbers. Not content with the world record, the group is aiming to raise €1 for every foot of ground covered – an impressive €60,157.
You can check on all the details of the world record attempt in this link
To follow and support the group, see ‘The Reek 24hr Challenge’ on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thereekchallenge)