FEARmanagh entries reach 300


Published: 2nd October 2017

The fifth annual Fermanagh Endurance Adventure Race, organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in partnership with the district’s emergency services, takes place on Saturday 7 October 2017 in the scenic surroundings around Derrygonnelly and West Fermanagh.

Better known by its acronym FEAR, this year’s running of the event has attracted a record breaking 300 entries. FEAR was devised in 2013 as a ‘home grown’ event, primarily with the aim of attracting visitors to Derrygonnelly and West Fermanagh. The people of the area have truly embraced the event and the Council is grateful to Derrygonnelly & District Community Partnership and the management of Derrygonnelly Community Centre for their wholehearted support of the event.

The challenging race route incorporates areas such as the hills of Knockmore, Big Dog Forest, the iconic Lough Navar viewpoint and cliff path, Magho shore and Garrison village. Starting and finishing at Derrygonnelly Community Centre, FEAR features trail running, cycling and kayaking, over a long course of 74 Km, or what is described as a ‘short’ course of 35 Km.

Due to the increasing popularity of the event, organisers have confirmed that entries are now closed with a waiting list established and for the first time in race history, no entries will be taken on the day. The short race, commencing at 10.00 am, has attracted a start list of 166 while 134 competitors are ready to brave the long race, starting at 10.30 am.

The challenge for the long race competitors will be to unseat reigning champion Robbie Bryson, who is going for a phenomenal four-in-a-row. This will not be easy as Robbie has improved his winning performance every year since 2014, completing the course in an impressive 3 hours, 17 minutes and 51 seconds last year.

As a spectacle, FEARmanagh is particularly impressive with the cycle section of both races having a mass start outside the Community Centre. The Eddie Hoy and Mick Duffy Memorial Traditional Music Festival, which will also be taking place in Derrygonnelly over the weekend, will undoubtedly add to the feel good factor which FEARmanagh generates in the locality.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is delighted to renew its partnership with the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, North West Mountain Rescue Team, Royal National Lifeboat Institute, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service to deliver this excellent endurance event which is a true test of physical endeavour. The Council is also indebted to Erne Paddlers, who are looking after the kayak section of the race.

Race organisers have invited as many people as possible to come out along the route to show their support for the competitors.

FEAR 2017 will again feature the Ciaran Murphy Memorial Trophy, presented by Ciaran’s family in recognition of his courageous struggle with Cystic Fybrosis, to raise awareness of the disease and to encourage organ donation.

For further information please contact Joanne Cunningham or Eddie McGovern, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council:

Telephone: 0300 303 1777 Email:
joanne.cunningham@fermanaghomagh.com eddie.mcgovern@fermanaghomagh.com

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