On Sunday 2nd December, members descended on Castlewellan Forest Park for a Last One Standing format social event. Starting at 7 am, runners would start an undulating 7Km (4.4m) figure-of-eight lap around the forest and lake. With a total of 10 official laps, the event would finish at 5pm!
The day started with Aaron arriving 30 minutes early and me (Gerry) 2 minutes before the off. Aaron and I were the only two on the first lap needing headtorches until about 7.30am. Continue reading
As part of the ongoing BARF Social calendar, the June event would see 12 Barfers make a 20 mile run from Dundrum Castle to The Castles on the Southside of Commedagh in the Mournes and return, taking in the stunning scenery of Murlough, hence ‘The Castle to Castles Challenge’.
The Mourne 500’s, 39 peaks in the Mourne Mountains over 500 meters.
If you are thinking of giving this a go, please let us offer you two bits of advice.
Firstly, you can do it. The Mournes might be steep and rugged but they are compact and beautiful. It’s worth it and it is possible, if you keep moving, to walk the route in under 24hours.
Secondly, don’t do it the way we did it.
Fresh as a daisy…. at the start!
The 10 Forest Parks 30 mile Fling, (sequel to The Forest Challenge previously reported) took place on Sunday 2nd March 2014).
Ready for the off!
The start was at Barnett Demense, South Belfast and the finish was Scrabo Tower, Newtownards. The route took in 10 Forest parks in an order of Barnett, Belvoir, Cregagh Glen, Stormont, Redburn, Helen’s Bay, Blackwood, Helen’s Tower, Leadmines and Scrabo. This was a continuous run linking these forests up by use of tow-paths, Comber Way, North Down Coastal Path, Clandeboye Way and Ulster Way. 6 checkpoints were in place to ensure club members safety and welfare. Continue reading
We decided to organise a club Forest Trail challenge covering 7 Forest Park lands in the Greater Belfast area, running them back to back, and using vehicle transition between locations. The date was set as Sunday 2nd February 2014 with a 08.30am briefing and gear check prior to a sharp start at 9am.
A fine bunch of BARFers ready to go at Barnett Demesne.