Are you hard enough for Ireland’s toughest 10k challenge?

Competitors make their way through the mud at Hard as Oak.
Competitors make their way through the mud at Hard as Oak.
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THERE HAS been a notable annual increase in obstacle course race participation worldwide as thrill seekers fulfil their needs by dragging themselves through chest high, filthy swamp water in the pursuit of the ultimate adrenaline rush.

Places for this year’s ‘Hard As Oak’ race are in high demand with at least 2,000 competitors expected to take on the challenge at the Oaks Estate, Faughan Valley, on Saturday, June 25th and Sunday, June 26th.

The popular 10k, which is said to be the toughest obstacle course in Ireland and this year is supporting the Children in Crossfire charity, is expected to push entrants to the limit with 50 man-made and natural tests along the picturesque route.

Features include a cliff jump, slip’n’slide, gorge climb, swamp, mature woodland, walled gardens, marsh, lanes, gullies, paths, streams, rivers, trenches, fire jump, stone stairways and open fields. Richard Allen, course director, says the course is a real test for competitors. “It’s a really good course. We built the site respecting what is naturally there - gorges, streams, old paths,” he said.

Children in Crossfire’s JR McLaughlin added: “Partnering Richard Allen and The Hard as Oak team provides the opportunity for thousands of people here to help thousands of children around the world.”

If interested, apply online at www.hardasoak.com