Never mind the mud baths and the shocks, nothing beats the thrills of Adare To Survive

Anne Sheridan speaks to organiser Ray Nash who urges you to 'endeavour, endure and enjoy' this year's event

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Never mind the mud baths and the shocks, nothing beats the thrills of Adare To Survive

It’s a demanding course, with new surprises this year, but you can rely on help from your fellow ‘Survivors’

YOU will be left cold, wet and electrified, but it will be totally worth it.

Water, ice, electric shocks, barbed wire and mud are some of the challenges that some 2,000 participants will face in September, as Adare To Survive returns to Clonshire for the fourth consecutive year this Sunday.

This year’s event will feature a number of new obstacles, alongside those that regular participants have come to know and love – and fear – from previous years.

And, for those who really want to push themselves, in addition to the standard 7.5 kilometres route, there will be an option for elite athletes to undertake the course twice – covering 15 kilometres.

“The numbers are continuing to grow year on year,” said organiser Ray Nash.

The Kilcornan man, who is at the helm of the event staged in Clonshire’s equestrian grounds, saw the sudden boom in running and adventure sports and wanted to replicate a piece of the action for Limerick - only better.

“We take great pride in providing an experience that participants remember forever. Each and everyone who takes part in this adventure involve themselves in a festival atmosphere of fun.

“Adare to Survive can also be used as a vehicle to generate much needed funds for various charities,” said Mr Nash.

“Not only will you have a blast on the day but you will walk away with a great sense of achievement from surviving whatever we throw at you.

“We had about 1,650 competing last year, and hope the numbers will be up to around 2,000 this year.

“Many of the entrants are from Limerick and Munster generally, but we have people travelling from across the country, particularly along the west coast, down to Adare for this event,” he told the Limerick Leader.

In line with their tagline – Endeavour, Endure & Enjoy - the race is not timed, and there is no prize for the fastest athlete, as the spirit of the event is about “camaraderie” and helping others through obstacles of varying degrees of difficulty.

As well as facing obstacles involving water, ice, lots of mud, electric shocks, barbed wire, competitors will have to climb over and crawl under various challenges along the route.

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

“Many people who have finished the race have said ‘Wow, I can’t believe I just did that’,” he said.

The website, www.adaretosurvive.com contains details of what participants can expect as well as advice on training and preparation for the day.

This year’s charity partner is again Cliona’s Foundation, a Limerick based organisation which provides assistance to families of critically ill children.

Entry costs €50 per person for the 7.5k event and €65 for the €15k, and a booking fee also applies.

There are concessions for groups of 20 or more.

There will also be a smaller route for kids to take part in on the day.

Entrants are also welcome to take part in fancy dress.

Clonshire is located just off the N21 to the south of Adare.

To register see www.adaretosurvive.com.