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Tuesday 27 June 2017

500 Hike to Hook for Fethard RNLI

Martha Geary, Tina Dunbar and Angela Murphy
Martha Geary, Tina Dunbar and Angela Murphy
Joanne and Philip Roche, Paddy Kehoe and Patricia Roche
Tony Sinnott and Toni Kehoe
Karen Murphy and Mary Foley
Aisling O'Connor and Ciara Geoghegan
Walter Foley and Hugh Burke
Maggie Murphy and Susan Nolan
Joan Crosbie, Kathleen Nolan and Maisie Crosbie
Yvonne Corbett, Siobhan O'Neill and Paula Ronan

Five hundred people took to the roads along the Hook Peninsula on Saturday for the Hike to the Hook.

Setting off in glorious sunshine, groups left Tintern Abbey for the 20km hike to Hook Lighthouse, taking in the beautiful scenery in Saltmils and the coastline, while later in the morning walkers left from two other starting points, Fethard-on-Sea RNLI station - from where a 12.5km walk began - and Loftus Hall, for a 3.5km walk.

Now in its second year, the walk attracts people of all ages from across the region to take in the spectacular views of the Hook Peninsula, while getting some great exercise.

Manned by numerous volunteers, walkers and runners were cheered on as they made their way to the world's oldest operational lighthouse, where a party atmosphere greeted them on arrival, with Beat FM pumping out music. Participants were provided with refreshments and sandwiches after their gruelling hike.

The numbers were up considerably for this year's event due to popular demand and money raised from the walk is going to the local RNLI and Hook Rural Tourism. Hook Tourism would like to thank their main sponsors Wexford County Council, Bannow Bay Oysters, Wallaces of Wellingtonbridge and Hook Lighthouse most sincerely for their continued support of this great event. Without their ongoing support events such as Hike to the Hook could not take place.

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