Wednesday 21 March 2018

Some Christmas cold ones at Enniscorthy’s Beer Mile

Kevin Murphy, Arthur Dempsey, Tom Davy Bolger, Ger Murphy and Paul Murphy
Kevin Murphy, Arthur Dempsey, Tom Davy Bolger, Ger Murphy and Paul Murphy
Kevin Brady, Tom Hogan, Gosia Szynura, Kelly Long, Pa O’Brien and Mikie Fields

Pádraig Byrne

Stamina was tested in more ways than one at Enniscorthy Sports Hub recently as a group of some 30 plucky competitors took on the Beer Mile in aid of the St Vincent de Paul Society.

While it's a more well-known phenomenon across the Atlantic in America, the Beer Mile is less explored in Ireland. Basically, it saw each of the competitors complete four laps of the track (adding up to a mile), stopping in between laps to drink a bottle of beer. The first one to complete all four laps and all four beers is declared the winner.

There was great craic at the track on the night as the runners were separated from the drinkers and the all-rounders were king! Brian Maher, one of the organisers, was delighted with how things went.

'Myself, Jessie O'Connor and Brian Murphy were up running the track one night and we thought it would be great to do something for St Vincent de Paul. The Beer Mile is a big thing in America, but it hadn't really been done over here.

'We had a great night up at the track and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. We're even thinking of making it an annual thing now.'

By twist of fate, Brian actually managed to emerge the overall winner of the event, but no doubt someone will be hoping to take away his crown next year. The event raised €820 for St Vincent de Paul and they were extremely grateful to the organisers for their contribution at a busy time of year.

Enniscorthy Guardian