‘Everest-like’ climb of drunken student at Limerick races a viral hit

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

WHATEVER about looking out for a good filly, dozens of students were distracted during a recent day at the races by a drunken student struggling to get to his feet at Limerick Racecourse.

WHATEVER about looking out for a good filly, dozens of students were distracted during a recent day at the races by a drunken student struggling to get to his feet at Limerick Racecourse.

And now a video of the spectacle has attracted over 42,000 views on the online video channel YouTube. The video shows the young man, wearing a hat from rum company Captain Morgan, struggling to keep upright, as he repeatedly tries to climb to a top of a small hill without falling over. After numerous falls, he is finally cheered on by students when he manages to stand upright.

While the original video is four minutes long, an edited version has been uploaded under “Drunk student tries to walk up hill at Limerick student race day...Harder than you think apparently!”

Over 12,000 students from across the country packed in to the racecourse on Thursday last to enjoy the annual student race day. And inspite of a few drunken antics, the students also believe they even managed to break a Guinness world record. Over 900 students took part in the challenge of the “Most People Standing On One Leg Simultaneously” - and it was certainly a challenge for some to stand on two feet, let alone one. In order to break the record students had to stand on one leg continuously for a minimum of two minutes. 

While the gates to the racecourse opened at 2.30pm, they had a long wait to the challenge, which was scheduled for 6pm. The previous record for the most people standing on one leg was 339 in Portland, Oregon.

Some sources said it was little wonder students struggled to maintain their balance, with drinks promotions offering five cans of cider for €20, and four vodkas and red bull for the same price in one of the racecourse’s bars. Spokesperson Russell Ferris said the attendance on the day – which was sponsored by SPIN South West radio and Captain Morgan - was increased again this year and the day is now even bigger than St Stephen’s day for its attendance. It was one of the racecourse’s fast selling events, with some 700 tickets a day being sold in colleges across Limerick in the run-up to the event.

Mr Russell said it was an “exhilarating day”, adding that students “behaved impeccably well and were very well dressed” and they are already looking forward to next year’s event. Over 80% of those who attended are studying in Limerick, with others travelling from Waterford, Thurles and Tralee.