IT is renowned for its peace and tranquillity but on July 13, the scenic landscape of Lough Gur will echo to the sounds of hikers, bikers and kayakers who are all taking part in the third annual Headless Horseman Adventure Race.
International rugby player and RBS Six Nations winner, Joy Neville, was joined by Brendan and Terry Ring, founders of Cliona’s Foundation and former international kayaker, Edel Quinn, at Lough Gur to launch the adventure.
The multi-sport race of 78k consists of five stages and is summarised as bike to hike, bike to kayak and bike to run. The race starts in Kilmallock, and over its duration takes in the Ballyhoura Mountains and Lough Gur with the final element of the race, which is a bike and run, finishing in Kilmallock.
Competitors will make their way on bike to Glenanaar at the foothills of Seefin mountain [the highest point of the Ballyhoura Mountains] and then tackle a challenging nine kilometre run before taking a bike ride to Lough Gur where they will take part in an 800m kayak before embarking on the final cycle home.
The event has already caught the imagination of people locally, nationally, and internationally with regular updates found on www.hhar.ie. The race coincides with the beginning of Kilmallock’s Week of Welcomes for The Gathering 2013 and there is a full programme of events taking place in the town over the duration of the weekend. “We are determined to highlight both the scenic aspect of the Ballyhoura Region in Munster along with the hospitality and the craic offered by the activities for the Gathering. We are also delighted to announce our partnership with Limerick-based charity, Cliona’s Foundation,” said race founder, Fiona Hayes.
For those who may find the 78k a little strenuous [although relay teams are welcome], the Headless Horseman team have introduced the HHAR mini race for the first time this year. The mini consists of a 13.7k road bike and a nine kilometre run which is also set against the glorious backdrop of the Ballyhoura Mountains. See www.hhar.ie email Fiona on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 086 1775066.