Anticipation builds ahead of this weekend’s Breffni Challenge

After months of planning and exhaustive behind the scenes preparatory work, the scene is finally set this weekend for the tenth annual Cavan to Arva Breffni Challenge.

After months of planning and exhaustive behind the scenes preparatory work, the scene is finally set this weekend for the tenth annual Cavan to Arva Breffni Challenge.

And judging by the reaction of local organisers, Saturday’s spectacle promises to be bigger and better than ever with a whole host of entertainment and exciting activities lined up for all the family.

Philip Brady, an almost virtual mainstay throughout the August Bank Holiday weekend’s decade long association with Arva, made a last minute plea for would be participants to get behind the event.

“People can come and register on the day, there is absolutely no problem with that whatsoever,” he said this week.

Depending on your own choice and fitness levels, competitors can walk, run, jog or cycle the 20km route from Cavan to Arva, or take on the shorter 13km trek from Ballinagh.

Afterwards, those taking part will be greeted by spectators courtesy of an aptly dubbed ‘Welcome Home’ party.

Among the many highlights include live music from Eddie Quinn, refreshments and a barbecue.

“Everyone who gets involved will also get a t-shirt and medal and there will be a buffet from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Breffni Arms with a disco later in the evening,” Mr Brady added.

Throughout the course of its ten year history, more than €820,000 has been raised for cancer charities.

This year, and as the event gets ever nearer the €1m mark, all proceeds will go to St Luke’s Hospital, Dublin; the National Breast Cancer Research Institute, Galway and the Cavan/Monaghan Cancer Homecare Association.

For Mr Brady and those closest to its ever growing success, this weekend’s affair carries a much deeper attachment.

“There are so many people involved. From stewards to people making the teas and the sandwiches, the amount of volunteering which has gone on in that time has been just terrific. For that, I say a massive thank you,” he said.

And for those who still haven’t sampled the atmosphere of a Breffni Challenge, Mr Brady had this simple, yet emphatic message.

“Come along, it’s a great way to stay fit and for people to start. You don’t need a sponsorship card. You can register on the day.”

For those keen on taking part, registration for the Cavan to Arva route takes pace at the Meadow View Lounge, Cavan from 12 noon ahead of a 2pm start time. Alternatively, registration for the 13km distance from Ballinagh to Arva is set for Tom Moore’s Spar Shop from 12:45pm.