On Sunday afternoon last a large group of over150 took part in the Walk for the Climb4Clare Charity. The weather conditions were just perfect as people gathered in the Club Car park. After a lively warm up session at the Club the group decked out in pink tee shirts headed off to the Hell Fire Club en route up the Knocklyon Road and up Stocking Lane.

The pace was brisk and as we started the climb up Stocking Lane we knew this was no walk in the Park! All along the route we were chaperoned by members of the Walking Club lead by Conor Sheehan who kept the group together and insured road safety was upheld by all.

By the time we reached The Hell Fire Car Park  the drive to get to the top was so important to all. The majority of the group took the steeper route and this was the one part of the walk that there was no chatting! Meanwhile the buggy walkers took the longer path around the hill lead by the O’Regan family.

Finally after walking over an hour and half reaching the top of the hill everyone was rewarded with the spectacular views that the good weather allowed on the day.   This walk for sure was a real Climb and  those present displayed a  great sense of achievement, while not forgetting  what the occasion was all about.

As the walkers decended back down the hill Claire Clark had made the journey out to the Hell Fire Carpark  to meet everyone. This remarkable and courageous young woman who is at an advanced stage of her illness conveyed her huge appreciation and thanked the group for their efforts in supporting the CLIMB charity.

The Walkers headed off down the hill with some taking a well earned break in the Timbertrove Tea Rooms and then continued back to the Club House completing the 15 kilometre walk.  The organising Committee would like to thank everyone for the great support they received on the day. A special thanks to Liam Cunningham and Denis Hughes for the leading the group in their vehicles  and taking photos on the day.

We would like to thank Timbertrove Coffee rooms for their support and contributions on the day. To Mick Farrell Bar Manager for providing refreshments to the hungry crew as they returned and to the many others that contributed to making this day a success. It was a great family day and one we hope to do again. If anyone would still like to contribute to the ClIMB4CLARE Charity the can contact Louise Kelly  at  [email protected] or at 0868107951.