Ready to go to hell...and back
Sometimes in order to get to heaven, you have to go through hell – that's the message for a brave group of Enniscorthy volunteers who are taking on the 'Hell & Back Challenge' at Killruddery Estate in Wicklow in order to raise funds for St Senan's Church.
The group of around 21 brave volunteers will be taking on the grueling 12k run which is billed as 'Ireland's toughest physical and mental endurance challenge'. They will face all kinds of obstacles along the way including mud pits, ten-foot walls, rivers, tyre walls and much much more.
'It was actually Fr Banville's idea,' said Linda Roche, who organised and recruited people for the challenge. 'We were thinking of different types of fundraisers we could do so I looked into the possibility of doing this. He is doing it himself as well though, so you could say he's leading from the front!'
The run will take place on September 14 and the group of volunteers has been putting in some work in recent weeks to ensure they cross the line when d-day arrives. 'It does require some basic training,' said Linda. 'We have people of all ages and all levels of fitness taking part. Some are doing it just for fun and then I'm sure some will want to do it as quickly and as well as possible. Hopefully we'll do well and we'll all finish the race anyway. A positive mental attitude is key and we'll try anything!'
The money raised from the challenge will go directly to St Senan's Church restoration fund and the gang is collecting sponsorship money at the moment.