Launch of 2012 Ballyliffin Challenge

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The 2012 Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge is on the way once again. The 10 mile international event which has developed in the two years since the opening attempt in 2010 attracting close to 500 last year and the organisers are confident of increased participation this Easter Saturday April 7th 2pm .

A spokesperson for the organisers said: “This is a community event which also will once again have an interesting international dimension with a group already signed up. The project is being driven by the local Development Association who in addition to rolling out an opportunity for local people hope to build the atmosphere for participants in an area renowned for its beautiful scenery, world class golf courses, hill walking, surfing, excellent hotels offering special deals for the period, the complete package for interests over the normally quiet Easter weekend .

“An added dimension this time round will be a 100 metres beach run for primary school children from Inishowen with certificates for all and a few Easter eggs. Sunday morning offers a number of led walks from the village. All in all a weekend of activity.”

The big event itself will be held against the backdrop of the Isle Of Doagh, Lagg, Malin and the local iconic landmark that is Glashedy finishing on Pollan Beach .

Run / Walk / Jog this challenge is for all and now is the time to commit as Race Director and London Olympic Team Manager Patsy Mc Gonagle outlined.

Patsy said: “Everywhere you go right now the talk, after the festive season, is of getting fitter, healthier, losing weight etc so why not commit bringing your family and friends on board. Full details on www.visitballyliffin.com on which you will find entry form leaving it in with staff at Ballyliffin P O. Queries if neccessary at ballyliffincoastalchallenge@gmail.com or help spread the word by logging on to facebook/ ballyliffin international 10 ml coastal challenge and like like like building interest .

“The race route can be viewed on youtube as can a promo video done for 2011 which gives a flavour . The race which is slowly building a national /international reputation can in 2012 be the best ever.”

This year’s event also extends an invitation to all voluntary organisations in the Inishowen area to use the Coastal challenge as a conduit for raising finance for their club, association etc requiring members getting out there seeking sponsorship which their group then retain .