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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Adventure racing fans rise to challenge of 'Hell Mountain'

Published 16/10/2013 | 05:36

Gabriel Butler gives a flavour of what is to be expected on the Hell Mountain adventure race on the slopes of Coomaneaspaig.

THEY don't do things by halves in Portmagee - particularly when it comes to adventure racing.

Making all other adventure pursuits seem like a walk in the park, Hell Mountain is a challenge like no other and it all takes place on the breathtaking slopes of Coomaneaspaig.

Saturday, October 26, is the date and adventure racing fans have been invited to come along for a true test of endurance.

While there may be spectacular views of the Kerry coast along the way, it won't be a day for sightseeing as there are plenty of surprise obstacles and challenges along the way, as well as mayhem, madness, muck and mess

It's a mix that has attracted strong interest from across Ireland and beyond.

"We've had entries from all over Kerry as well as from Cork, Galway, Clare, Dublin and from the UK too," organising committee member Gerard O'Sullivan said.

The challenge is over a 10k course but, for the inaugural year of the event, organisers have 'given in' and have decided to lay on a shorter 5k route for the 'slightly less' adventurous.

So just how did Hell Mountain come about?

"There are so many adventure races around Ireland, including the hugely popular Killarney and Dingle races and with such wonderful scenery here in south Kerry we felt we could provide a unique challenge in a top class setting," Gerard explained.

Closing date for online entries is Thursday, October 24, so log onto www.hellmountainrun.com for further details.

Kerryman

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