Annual event to fundraise for Attic parkour facility

The Attic Eliminator Challenge takes place on June 10

By Aoife Carberry

Longford could be the first county in the Republic of Ireland to have a state-of-the-art Parkour Park, if the annual Attic Eliminator Challenge goes to plan.

The annual event, which sees teams of ten from businesses across the county compete over an inflatable obstacle course, has grown in popularity since its inception and organisers are hoping that thirty teams will be participating this year.

The Attic's Ruth McGarry Quinn revealed; “We have teams from the Gardaí, the Council, the fire service, some of the banks, the Prison Services and local companies taking part.

“We have a great collection of people.”

Explaining that they are hoping to build a Parkour Park behind the Attic Teen House on the Ballinalee Road, Ruth outlined the reasons behind the decision; “Originally we had hoped to put an astroturf pitch there, but St Mel's got one and very generously allowed us to use it so it seemed counter-productive to build one. So we started researching.”

With dedicated Parkour clubs all around Ireland, Ruth believes that this park would entice these clubs to Longford. Furthermore, the park will also allow for TRX training, which will be useful for local teams, societies and clubs.

Registration for the Attic Eliminator Challenge will begin at 6.30pm on Friday, June 10, with the games getting started at 7pm.

Afterwards, there will be a barbeque and a presentation made to the winners as well as a disco.

All are invited to come along and enjoy what has proven to be a competitive, fun-filled evening. The biggest testament to this is the fact that many of this year's teams have previously competed in the high-energy event.

Teams who would like to enter the competition are asked to get in touch with Ruth McGarry Quinn on 0872626806.

“Anybody that wants to put in a team, we'll be delighted to accommodate them,” Ruth smiled.

Each team member must raise €100 to compete and the winning team will walk away with the grand prize of €2,000, the highly-coveted Hugh Connolly Memorial Trophy and of course, the bragging rights until next year rolls around again!