Don Davis, Dan Cleary and Skibbereen Lions Club lion Mark Saltertownsend at Liss Ard estate, Skibbereen, Co Cork, for the launch of the South Coast Adventure Race. Pic: Neil Danton

UP to 500 thrill seekers are gearing up for Munster’s biggest adventure trail, the South Coast Adventure Race which will be held this year in Liss Ard Estate, Skibbereen on Saturday, October 20th next.

 

This is the third year of the gruelling race which will put some of the country’s most hardened athletes through their paces over the course of a 4km run through the gardens and trails of Liss Ard, 42km cycle along the Atlantic coast, 220m ascent trail of Knockomagh Hill to overlook Lough Hyne, Ireland’s only Marine Wildlife Reservation, followed by 1.5km kayak on Liss Ard’s private freshwater lake, and an assault course to sort the men and women from the boys and girls.

 

 

The South Coast Adventure Race has become a landmark calendar event for athletes who are up to testing themselves to the extreme on land and water with many returning competitors already seeking revenge on the course that got the better of them last year. High entries also translate to extra business for the town of Skibbereen with many B&B’s booked up for the weekend.

 

 

Peter Cawley, race director of the Southcoast Adventure Race said, “We are really looking forward to this year’s event which is set to be bigger than last year with some surprise changes which will keep athletes on their toes.

 

“The high level of interest is proof that this event is now anticipated by many on an annual basis due to its uniqueness which takes in some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenic spots along the way.

 

“We are beginning to notice a loyal group of return athletes who are returning to take on the gruelling 60 degree gradient cycle as well as the newer thrill seekers who are coming at it for the first time.

 

“We have top athletes travelling from all over Ireland to take part and push themselves to their limits and this course will not disappoint!”

 

 

He added, “Skibbereen is the perfect destination for a such a race as it has the perfect mixed terrain that competitors seek to make it one of the most challenging endurance races in Ireland.

 

“While they are fighting through the pain the course puts them through they can also take in the amazing surroundings and beautiful scenery which makes the challenge all the more exhilarating.

 

“We are also hugely grateful to our sponsors Liss Ard Estate, Wheelworx and Wild Side Sports for their continued support of the adventure race.”

 

 

 

Last year’s race saw the introduction of an assault course at the end and more surprises have been added to this year’s event which organisers are keeping secret until the day but the obligatory challenges of running, cycling, hiking, and kayaking, are once again sure to test the strongest competitors stamina and mental strength to the max.

 

 

More than 20 members of Skibbereen Lions Club will also take part in this year’s race to raise funds for local community projects. People can support individual members or donate through the race website.

 

Base camp for the race will be set up at Liss Ard Estate where the race will also finish.

Registration is available through the race website – for further information and race updates visit www.southcoastendurance.ie.