Team Take on Four Peaks

May 30, 2014

A team of four hill-walkers from the Irish thoroughbred industry will participate in next weekend’s Four Peak Challenge in aid of Focus Ireland. The Four Peaks Challenge is the ultimate hill walking adventure and involves climbing the highest mountain in each of Ireland’s four provinces over one weekend from June 6th to 8th. Each member of ‘The Thoroughbreds’ team raises a minimum of €950 which provides vital funds for people who are homeless.

Thoroughbred Industry Team Take on Four Peaks ChallengeThe Thoroughbreds team is made up of David Wright, Horse Racing Ireland Group Human Resource Manager, Elaine Hatton, General Manger of Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, Noel Fanning, Foreman of Fairyhouse Racecourse and Nia O’Malley, Equine Nutritionist, Connolly’s Red Mills. Preparation for the challenge began back in February and has consisted of group and individual training.

David Wright, HRI Group Human Resource Manager said: “Training has been tough but we feel we are now ready to tackle this challenge…and it will be a challenge! In total we will climb 11,937 feet and we will drive 800 miles over the weekend. We hope to raise close to €4000 by the time we set off and all funds raised will go to the homeless through Focus Ireland, an area of major need in our society.”

The weekend kicks off on Friday in Killarney, Co. Kerry where the team will climb Carrauntoohil (3,414 ft), Ireland’s highest peak. On Saturday they will summit the Mweelrea Mountain in Co. Mayo (2,688 ft) and on Sunday The Thoroughbreds will conquer Slieve Donard in Co.Down (2,796 ft) and Lugnaquilla in Co. Wicklow (3039 ft).

The team will be assisted by James O’Donoghue and Seamus Fanning, team drivers from Fairyhouse Racecourse and Vincent and Rita Eivers, from Navan and Leopardstown Racecourses who will assist with logistics and planning.

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