Offaly adventurers needed for HeadsUp Five Peaks Challenge

Are you looking for the ultimate endurance test and the adventure of a lifetime? Does climbing 17,373-foot in five countries in just three days sound appealing? Headsup is calling on all Offaly walkers, trekkers and thrill-seekers to take part in the HeadsUp Five Peaks Challenge which takes place from August 2 to 4 2013.

Are you looking for the ultimate endurance test and the adventure of a lifetime? Does climbing 17,373-foot in five countries in just three days sound appealing? Headsup is calling on all Offaly walkers, trekkers and thrill-seekers to take part in the HeadsUp Five Peaks Challenge which takes place from August 2 to 4 2013.

Participants will climb the five highest peaks in Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales on one bank holiday weekend, while at the same time raising money for HeadsUp, Rehab’s youth suicide prevention project!

The three-day adventure will begin in Kerry with participants climbing Carrauntoohil before travelling north to scale Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland. Ben Nevis in Scotland and Scafell Pike in England will also be conquered before the final challenge of Mount Snowdon in Wales. A full training plan is provided and a reasonable level of fitness and endurance is required. Each person is asked to raise €1,875 and advice and support on running fundraising events will be given. A deposit of €150 is required to secure a place.

Donal Crowley from Dublin completed the challenge in 2012. He is enthusiastic about the experience, “I would tell anyone who is looking for a challenge to take on the HeadsUp Five Peaks Challenge. When I signed up last year, I had no idea what lay ahead. Yes, you have to put in the training hours, but meeting the other participants at the training weekends really spurred me on. And I got to know the hills and mountains in my own area really well! The challenge itself is tough but with a reasonable level of fitness and lots of determination anyone can do it. The sense of satisfaction at the end is really was worth it. And there aren’t too many people who can say they have climbed the five highest peaks in the British Isles!”

Pauline Crowley, Rehab’s Head of Fundraising, adds, “The HeadsUp Five Peaks Challenge is a fantastic adventure which pushes both mind and body to the limit, but in return, offers a real sense of achievement and the prospect of making some lifelong friends. Funds raised go to HeadsUp, which uses a positive mental health approach to help prevent youth suicides by intervening with 15-24 year olds before they reach a point of crisis. The focus of HeadsUp is to support people in understanding mental health, realise their own abilities and have the resilience to cope with life’s tough times. So, not only do those who take up the HeadsUp Five Peaks Challenge get the physical and mental health benefits themselves, they are helping others too!”

Places are limited, so get your boots on and register your place now! Registration closes on February 24 (€150 deposit required) and more information is available on www.rehabfundraising.ie or by calling Mary on 01 2100 521.