Rowers prepare for Celtic Challenge 2012
A TEAM OF Arklow rowers will take to the high seas this May Bank Holiday weekend in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation.
' Team Marie Keating, Challenge Cancer' are taking part in the Celtic Challenge 2012 which will see them row a gruelling 90-mile course from Arklow to Aberystwyth in Wales.
The bi-annual event is the longest sea rowing race in the world and will kick of this year on Saturday, May 5.
Crews from Wales, Ireland, England and as far afield as Germany compete in this event.
Participation has been steadily increasing over the past decade and last year the largest number of crews ever to enter the race, 17 in all.
The Celtic Challenge was first founded in 1988 when a crew from Aberystwyth Lifeboat rowed from Aberystwyth to Arklow for a fundraising event, taking well over 20 hours to complete the course.
Then from 1993 the race started from Arklow ending in Aberystwyth and since then the challenge has taken place every second year.
In a bid to raise €20,000, Team Marie Keating Challenge Cancer will host a number of fundraising events in the lead up to the main event in May, the first of which is a table quiz, on Friday, March 2 at 8p.m. in Kenny's of the Harbour, Arklow. Admission for a team of five is €25.
A race night and golf classic are also planned with details to be announced in the coming weeks. To make a donation please log onto http://www.mycharity.ie/event/celtic_challenge_cancer2012/ or please contact Peter or Claire directly at 087 2501387/086 8726826.