Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sligo Way Challenge 2011

Mandy Killoran, Tommy Killoran and Damien Mc Guinn pictured on completion of the 78km Sligo Way Challenge

On a Saturday morning last six hardy souls took to the lakes, mountains and valleys of some of the most scenic and breathtaking areas of Sligo in a bid to complete all 78km of the Sligo Way in one day. Their aim was to complete the long distance walking challenge from Lough Talt close to the Mayo County boundary across the mountains and valleys of Sligo to Creevelea Abbey in Dromahair. This is the second year of the challenge, last year participants from Coolaney undertook the challenge in a bid to raise funds for the local Community Hall, this year it was all about the personal challenge.

Spirits were high as supporters joined the group for the descent of Killerry mountain, taking in the spectacular views over Lough Gill and Innisfree as the walking gathered pace for the last couple of miles of the journey. The group crossed the Sligo County boundary into Leitrim at 10pm having walked for some eighteen hours.

Sligo LEADER Partnership’s Rural Recreation and Walks Officer Deirdre Kennedy explained that it was a huge challenge to undertake and a massive achievement for those who completed it. Damien Mc Guinn of Coolaney Walkers completed the challenge for the second year in a row while Mandy Killoran from Collooney was the first women ever to complete the full challenge. Mandy urged those not familiar with the Sligo Way to get out and experience it; perhaps in smaller, more manageable sections!

Deidre Kennedy acknowledged the support of the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Coillte, Sligo County Council and Sligo LEADER Partnership Rural Social Scheme workers for their hard work in the re-development of the Sligo Way making it among the best way-marked walks in the country. For information on this and any of the many other walks available in the Sligo contact Deirdre on 071 9141138 or log onto www.sligoleader.com.