Home Event Oxfam Ireland TRAILTREKKER



Date: Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 September 2009
Location: Rostrevor, Co. Down – Carlingford, Co. Louth
Type: team walking/running challenge on mixed terrain
Distance: 100km

Web: www.oxfamireland.org/trailtrekker

Oxfam TRAILTREKKER is a brand new team challenge taking place from 26-27 September 2009. Teams of four will aim to complete a 100km course in less than 30 hours.

Starting in Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor, Co Down and finishing in Carlingford, Co Louth. Participants will journey through 100km of undulating, rugged countryside, trekking together in their teams by day and by night.

TRAILTREKKER offers an opportunity to take in the dramatic cross-border scenery of the world famous Mourne Mountains, the Ring of Gullion and Tain Way. TRAILTREKKER is supported by both Newry & Mourne District Council and Louth County Council.

Participants will also commit to raising €2,000 or £2,000 to help overcome poverty and injustice around the world.

One of the first to sign up for the TRAILTREKKER challenge was Dr Mark Hamilton, presenter of RTE’s How Long Will You Live and BBC Radio 1’s Sunday Surgery.

Mark is urging the public to follow his lead by registering for the event: “I’m really looking forward to lacing up my boots for TRAILTREKKER – it’s a great way to meet new people, to get out and to get fit, while helping others in the developing world. Step by step you can make change happen as the money you raise will fund Oxfam’s work all over the world and help make a real difference to people’s lives”.

Grace O’Neill, Oxfam Ireland’s Community Events Manager, said: “Teams of four have to complete a challenge combining stamina and teamwork. But it’s not just a physical challenge, it’s a life-changing event: participants are also raising money to help overcome poverty and injustice around the world. For example, £2,000 / €2,000 would provide nourishing food for one month for more than 70 children orphaned by AIDS in Malawi, improving their health and well-being.”

This is a team event and not a relay so you must have 4 team members.