Still time to sign up for ‘unique’ Adare To Survive challenge

Colm Ward

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Colm Ward

A participant braves the mud in last year's Adare To Survive challenge. This year's event will see over 2,000 people take on the 7.5km course
There will be mud! That’s the promise from the organisers of the Adare to Survive challenge which takes place this Sunday.

There will be mud! That’s the promise from the organisers of the Adare to Survive challenge which takes place this Sunday.

Competitors can also expect to be dunked in icy water, jolted with electricity and made to scramble over 42 natural and manmade obstacles as they take on the 7.5km course.

Despite - or maybe because of - all that, some 2,000 people have already signed up for the event, which takes place in Clonshire Equestrian Centre.

“We are looking forward to a great day,” said organiser Ray Nash who is expecting between 4,000 and 5,000 people to turn up on the day, between participants and spectators.

The first wave of competitors takes to the course at 11am, but Ray is advising participants to arrive at least an hour and a half before their wave start time to ensure they have plenty of time to get ready. “There will be plenty to do for anyone who arrives early. You will be able to watch other people taking on the course and there will also be music and food all day,” he explained.

Spectators and supporters are welcome too and there will be lots of entertainment throughout the day, including 12 DJs, food stalls and a bouncy castle. Entry for spectators is €5 for an individual or €10 for a car.

The course is located just off the N21 on the Newcastle West side of Adare and there will be plenty of signposts to direct people to the site.

“This is a unique event where you will be finding that people step way outside their comfort zones like never before,” said Ray.

This year sees the addition of four new obstacles to the course - all with the aim of keeping things interesting for new participants and returning veterans.

“The course is tough. There is no point lying about it - you will get wet, cold, tired, mucky and a bit sore, but you won’t be sorry,” Ray added.

And he advises: “If you are competing, bring a change of clothes. And if you are not comfortable with an obstacle, remember, it’s okay to go around it.”

If that sounds like your cup of tea, there’s still time to sign up. Online entry is open until midnight this Friday at www.adaretosurvive.com and there will also be a number of walk-in slots available on Sunday morning.