10 February 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The Challenge:
Over a route of 300 Kilometres over six days, twelve men will paddle in two man kayaks starting from Killaloe in county Clare, carrying all their kit and head north up the river Shannon to Leitrim, finishing up in Clones and onto Glaslough Village for the homecoming!
A team of twelve men from the surrounding area of Glaslough in Co. Monaghan, started kayak training in the middle of September last year as complete novices.
The team spent the early part of their training, learning all the necessary safety skills including, lifesaving, capsize, deep sea rescues, basic and advanced paddle skills, emergency procedures, first aid training, towing and kayak surfing in double kayaks.
The men have been committed to training every Sunday in all weathers and as the daylight draws out have been out twice a week, circuit training and including surf in the Downings area of Donegal. All members are fully paid up members of the Irish Canoe Union, and keen to carry on in their new sport after the event and involve family members in outdoor activities. It is also worthy of a mention of the teams families and places of work for their support in this great adventure.
The team and support crews will be travelling to a Killaloe on Saturday 28th of April to kick start the challenge of a lifetime!!

Launch Night in the Four Seasons Hotel
The “Tommy Bowe Erne Shannon Challenge” launch is open to the public and will take place in the Four Season’s Hotel Monaghan on Monday 13th
February 2012 at 8.30pm where former Glaslough Harrier athlete and International
Rugby Player, Tommy Bowe will be in attendance.
On the night we will be launching our website, which will be updated daily via a blog so you can follow the progress of the kayakers throughout the six days. You will also get a chance to meet the kayakers and find out more about how you can help or become involved.
Light refreshments will be served on the night and we look forward to meeting you all there.
This challenge has never been undertaken before so why not come along and be a part of history in the making.

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