So it’s official – last weekend I Endeavoured, I Endured and I Enjoyed my first ‘Adare To Survive’ challenge. It all went down at the Clonshire Equestrian Centre in Adare Co. Limerick where I, along with 600 daring individuals, took to the countryside to brave the elements and the 38 manmade obstacles.
Organisors Ray Nash and Mark Tuohy pulled off a spectacular event and deserve massive credit for the work put into creating a fun-filled family day. Brendan Ring of Cliona’s Foundation – the nominated charity – was my course partner. He and pal Martin Hartnett stuck with me for the 7.5km route which included scaling walls, swinging across murky waters on monkey bars, wadding through a lake and submerging oneself in a giant skip filled with ice and water. It’s safe to say it was not for the faint hearted.
That said however, one thing I did notice on the day, was the team effort. If a wall was that bit too high, you had the helping hand of a fellow ‘Adare to Survive(er)’ reaching out to give you an added boost.
The good news for anyone who missed out this year is that the date has been set for the 2014 event. Taking place on Sunday September 28, next years challenge promises to be bigger and better – although its hard to see how that is possible. All I know for sure is that I will be there, war-paint at the ready, to battle next years course.
The day, in aid of Cliona’s Foundation, gets a massive thumbs up from me.