A HAIR-RAISING obstacle designed by a west Limerickman has won a competition to be built and featured in the second annual Adare to Survive assault course in September.
Darragh Moloney of the Limerick company, Environmol, won the obstacle competition, which was a collaboration between the organisers and eml architects.
The winning design will be brought to life to form part of this year’s course, which will feature over 30 man-made and naturally occurring obstacles over the 7.5km course on Sunday, September 28, in the Clonshire Equestrian Centre, Adare.
Having taken part in Adare to Survive last year, the Knockaderry man said he drew inspiration from his personal experience of the adventure challenge and combined it with his knowledge as an evironmental engineer to come up with the design he has called the “Scarecrow.”
Athletes will have to negotiate a muddy pool full of barrels, before stepping onto a small ledge to scale a climbing wall that has built in sprayers that will drench them.
On climbing the wall they will encounter a bed of chopped straw when they jump down on the other side to ensure that they leave the obstacle looking like a scarecrow.
“I’m absolutely thrilled that my design won,” said Darragh, will who will have to negotiate hs own design with his team mates.
The Scarecrow design narrowly beat the Edge by Liam Kenny, Co Clare and the Gauntlet by David Randles, Dooradoyle.
Michael Landers, managing director of eml architects, chaired the judging panel, which included the organisers, and the director of the event’s nominated charity, Brendan Ring of Cliona’s Foundation’s, which provides financial assistance to the families of critically ill children.
“It is amazing the talents people can display when the opportunity arises to challenge and humiliate their fellow competitors! It’s been an eye opener for us and we are confident “The Scarecrow” will be a talking point on the day,” said Mr Landers said.
Over 1500 participants are expected to converge on Clonshire Equestrian Centre to take part in Adare to Survive or cheer participants along.
If you would like to take part, log on to www.adaretosurvive.com
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