Inishowen men to go to Hell and Back for charity

The 12 men who will compete in Hell and Back
The 12 men who will compete in Hell and Back
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Twelve Inishowen men are to go to Hell and Back - all in the name of charity.

The intrepid dozen are all members of Adrenalin Fitness, Burnfoot and have been in training for the past number of weeks for what is described as Ireland’s toughest physical and mental endurance challenge.

This weekend, they will travel to Belmont Estate in Bray, Co Wicklow, where they will face obstacles such as The Swamp, Ten Foot Tessie, Nightmare on Hell Street, Mount Olympus and The Pond.

They are doing so to raise money for six local charities: Our Lady’s Childrens’ Hospital, Crumlin; Donegal Hospice; The Cedar Foundation; Friends of Letterkenny Hospital - the Cancer Bus, The Irish Cancer Society and The Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The twelve men who will undertake the challenge are Gerard Duffy, Andrew Curran, Caolan McGrath, Dean Hutchinson, Damien Doherty, Evan Doherty, Pat Gallagher, Bernard McMonagle, Bobby Porter, Gerald Arbuckle, Jason Doherty and Adrenalin Fitness owner, Ciaran McGrory.

They have already raised 3,000 euro and are hoping to raise more before they face the obstacles this weekend.

Speaking to the ‘Journal,’ Ciaran McGrory said they were looking forward to it.

He said: “We signed up for ‘Apollo’ which is 28 obstacles over 12 kilometres and it takes place on Sunday.

“We’ll be going through mud, crawling through pipes and over barbed wire, among other things.

“We’ve all been training hard for nearly 10 weeks now.”

The training involved climbing Scalp and Errigal mountains, and being put through their paces in the tide at local beaches and at the gym itself.

Ciaran said the training has not only strengthened the men physically but has also created team spirit.

He said: “It’s definitely created a good bond and we’re all looking forward to getting to do it now.

“It’ll be tough but will definitely be worth it. We’re all up for the challenge and hoping to raise as much money as we can for the charities.”

The six charities were chosen for the “great work” they do, both locally and nationally.

If you would like to donate to the men and show them some support, you can do so by calling into Adrenalin Fitness in Burnfoot or contacting any of the men taking part.

4,000 competitors will take part in the challenge on Sunday, with 8,000 signed up across the weekend.

Many take part to raise money for charity but this is not compulsory and others take part for the challenge they will face.