Countdown is on ahead of tenth annual Breffni Challenge

It may still be the best part of two weeks away (August 4), but anticipation ahead of the tenth annual Breffni Challenge fundraiser is building by the day.

It may still be the best part of two weeks away (August 4), but anticipation ahead of the tenth annual Breffni Challenge fundraiser is building by the day.

In that time, organisers behind the hugely successful event have raised p820,000 for various charities linked to cancer treatment and care.

Traditionally held on the August bank holiday weekend, the occasion has seen hundreds of participants walk, jog, run or cycle one of two routes in the county over the past ten years– 20km from Cavan town to Arva, or a 13km stretch from Ballinagh to Arva.

Now organisers are hopeful of replicating or even bettering the estimated 700 supporters who took part last year with a view to reaching the p1m mark.

“Even though there are lots of other festivals and events going on elsewhere in what is probably the busiest weekend of the year, it has always managed to hold its own,” said Philip Brady from the Breffni Challenge’s organising committee.

“Apart from raising money for such good causes, it is a great way of promoting health. If you are a walker, runner, cyclist or just want to get involved it’s an ideal way of staying fit.”

As such, participants off all ages are being invited to throw their weight behind the event’s tenth anniversary.

“For people who just want to walk or run a few miles, we can accommodate that. We want as many people, of all ages, to get behind us this year. All we ask is that you register on the day with your card and sponsorship monies,” he said.

Two weeks ago, RTE sports reporter Joanne Cantwell and All-Ireland winning Dublin footballer Barry Cahill officially launched this year’s spectacle at the Boar’s Head in Dublin.

“As well as taking part, there is a great atmosphere in the square in Arva afterwards,” added Philip, as he revealed participants can also avail of a buffet later that evening followed by a disco inside the town’s Breffni Arms Hotel.

All proceeds will go to St Luke’s Hospital, Dublin; the National Breast Cancer Research Institute, Galway; and the Cavan/Monaghan Cancer Homecare Association.

To find out how you can play your part in this year’s event, see page 7.