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Monday 22 September 2014

Stepping up to the challenge

Published 13/08/2013 | 05:42

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Participants who completed the Pikeman Challenge in the Bull Ring

There were tired legs and smiling faces in The Bull Ring on Sunday as participants of the annual Pikeman Challenge finished three tough days of walking all over the county.

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The three day challenge is now in its sixth year and saw 23 walkers take part representing a variety of different clubs and attempting to raise money for a number of different charities.

There were tired legs and smiling faces in The Bull Ring on Sunday as participants of the annual Pikeman Challenge finished three tough days of walking all over the county. The three day challenge is now in its sixth year and saw 23 walkers take part representing a variety of different clubs and attempting to raise money for a number of different charities.

The first day saw participants take off from Poulfur, Fethard and travelling through Slade, along the cliffs to Hook Lighthouse and finishing at Loftus Hall. The route for day 2 was the massively challenging Blackstairs Way which is a 30km trek over some of the most difficult and rugged mountain terrain. On the final day the group took on the Three Rocks Trail in the beautiful scenery of Forth Mountain and walked back to Pairc Charman, where they joined up with some of the underage members for a parade back into The Bull Ring.

'It was a great success,' said organiser Richard Murphy. 'Everybody made it back safe anyway and that's the main thing. It is a tough challenge. Day two on the Blackstairs Trail is very difficult, but there's a great sense of achievement at the end of it all.'

Most of the 23 participants were from Wexford and were hoping to raise funds for local groups such as St Joseph's GAA Club, St Mary's of Maudlintown, Pieta House and Ard Aoibhinn. Now in its sixth year, The Pikeman Challenge has grown in popularity each year. 'We definitely had more outside participation this year,' said Richard. 'A lot of the people taking part would be people who have done it in past years too. I suppose that's a testament to the event itself that people will keep coming back.'

Following the big finish at The Bull Ring, there was a celebratory barbecue in Wexford Boat Club on Sunday night, where the group were presented with their certificates and enjoyed a few well earned drinks!

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