Ballinalee braced for inaugural Mudfest mania

Making a splash in Ballinalee: Eugene Murtagh, Michael McGlynn, Frank Reynolds, Teresa Coyle, Dessie Lennon, and John McKenna did a trial run over some of the October Mudfest course during last Thursday's launch event. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Fancy taking on the Mudfest challenge? Well, if the answer is yes, then Ballinalee is the place to be on Saturday, October 31 where a superbly constructed 6km obstacle course awaits serious competitors and individuals who are up for a laugh.

Fancy taking on the Mudfest challenge? Well, if the answer is yes, then Ballinalee is the place to be on Saturday, October 31 where a superbly constructed 6km obstacle course awaits serious competitors and individuals who are up for a laugh.

Sean Connolly’s GAA launched their eagerly awaited and inaugural ‘October Mudfest’ challenge amid great excitement last Thursday evening in their Maguire Park clubhouse.

Former Leinster Council Chairperson Martin Skelly, Cllr PJ Reilly, Independent general election candidate Frank Kilbride and well known athlete Brendan Doyle were among the attendance to hear details of the ‘October Mudfest’ announced.

Mudfest Chairperson Andy McNamee explained to the Leader that there will be a €3,000 prize fund for the event and they are striving to attract 1,500 competitors to what they hope will become an annual event.

“We are giving away substantial prize money for October Mudfest. The fastest men’s and women’s teams will receive €1,000 each, while the fastest individual male and female will receive €500 each. Entry is €25 per individual and a team of ten will be €200. The top eight finishers will count in the team event. And all participants will be chipped for timing purposes.”

Mr McNamee said Sean Connolly’s were delighted to have the support of a number of local generous sponsors and farmers for making their lands available and he praised the input of Brendan Treacy (course builder), Paul Glennon and Sean Hughes (registration and tag timing), Eugene Murtagh and Padraig Brady (Health & Safety Event Control) and Club Chairperson Frank Reynolds.

“We are already counting down the days to Mudfest and registration is open via our website www.octobermudfest.com and we also have a Facebook page,” pointed out Mr McNamee.

The Mudfest course around Maguire Park is 6 km long with lakes, rivers, hills, swamps, woodland, a quarry and numerous obstacles and lots of mud along the way.