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Friday 18 April 2014

From bog to sea in search of adventure

Gruelling test of stamina ahead

Gordon Flannery (centre) pictured with Brian and Julie Byrne at the launch of the Bog2Beach Adventure Challenge in Dirha Bog in Listowel on Sunday afternoon. Photo by John Reidy

THE north Kerry landscape will come into its own as a new adventure challenge brings some of the toughest athletes in Kerry and beyond to the region on Saturday, April 27 to take on bogs, hills, beaches and more.

The Bog to Beach Adventure Challenge, in association with The Kerryman, will take contestants over 69kms of testing terrain, on foot and on bike, from the swampy Dirrha Bog to the heights of Knockanore overlooking a breath-taking view that takes in no fewer than five counties.

The Bog to Beach race is the brainchild of Kerry Crusaders founder Gordon Flannery who hopes to establish it as a permanent fixture on the Irish adventure circuit. It's completely not-for-profit, with proceeds going towards the Listowel Community Centre.

"I just spotted the potential for an adventure challenge like this," Gordon explained. "There's no other event like it north of Tralee and I think the region can really support one, especially with the diversity of terrain over the 69kms!"

Bogs are already proving a hit, he said. "I took a bootcamp out the Dirrha Bog recently and we all got covered in mud and had to wade through streams and quagmires. They said it was by far the best part of the whole boot camp! They really loved it."

It's features like this that, Gordon hopes, will add to the attraction of the whole event. The event will also see athletes cycling up the steep Scrollum summit next to Knockanore, running on Ballybunion beaches and some of Listowel's nicest backroads.

The Kerryman is delighted to be associated with the event and will be publishing codewords on a regular basis that can be entered into a special website for discounts on the €60 admission. Simply log onto www.eventmaster.ie on Wednesday, March 13, and Thursday, March 14, and enter the codeword bogman20 to receive a 20 per cent discount this week!

"It's going to be pretty exciting and we hope to see a great crowd taking part on the day," Gordon added. It is also possible to simply take part in one leg of the event, rather than doing the whole thing. For more information log onto website www.bog2beach.com.

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