Charity walks along the Barrow

Ladies – or men in drag! – are being encouraged to start training for the “Women’s River Ramble” fund-raising walk along the banks of the River Barrow on May 26 at 10am.

Ladies – or men in drag! – are being encouraged to start training for the “Women’s River Ramble” fund-raising walk along the banks of the River Barrow on May 26 at 10am.

Run by hillwalking clubs The Blackstairs Ramblers and Tullow Mountaineering Club, there are a variety of walks on offer for all fitness levels.

One option will start in Graignamanagh for a 10km walk back to Borris or, and a greater challenge will start in St Mullins for a 16km walk. Participants can go at their own pace and are welcome to run or walk along the route.

Two guided walks will also be offered in the Blackstairs mountains, one for people with little hill walking experience and one more challenging. Music and refreshments will be provided after the walks in O’Shea’s pub in Borris.

Walkers or walking groups who take part are asked to raise money for the charity of their choice. The Blackstairs Ramblers have chosen Saplings School for Autism in Goresbridge as the charity they will be asking participants to support. Last year they raised €1800 for this cause.

Walkers are asked to meet at Borris Vocational School from where a bus will bring them to the starting point of their chosen walk. The entry fee is €20 per walker, which covers buses, insurance and refreshments. (The balance goes to Saplings).

Registration is at http://www.eventelephant.com/womensriverramble.