The Moonlight Challenge returns this year on Saturday 12th November. The Challenge route varies each year but generally covers 25 to 29km up and over the Wicklow Mountains and all by the light of the moon. Certainly not for the faint hearted!
The Moonlight Challenge has been taking place since 2010 and is the primary fundraising event for the Glen of Imaal crew. Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue are a team of volunteers who provide a professional search and rescue service, free of charge 365 days of the year. Their rescue base, vehicles, equipment and training are all funded through a combination of grant aid, donations and fundraising events. They rely very heavily on the generosity of donors to maintain the service.
This year’s route is approx 25.5 km long and will start/finish at Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Base, Trooperstown (A98 VY72). Although the theme for this years event is Superheroes, even superheroes need to adhere to health and safety and you can review the full list of course information, access, park and ride and safety information here.
The Glen team would like to Thank Coillte, Rathdrum Wood Industries along with David Wood Groundworks who have kindly offered to sponsor the planting of a tree for each entrant into the Moonlight Challenge this year. The project is managed by the conservation rangers in the Wicklow Mountains National Park, through which much of the Moonlight Challenge route will traverse.
The Angela Sweeney Award will be handed out on the night. Angela, one of the founders of Friends of the Glen sadly passed away in 2011. She championed the idea that the event should be a fun and enjoyable one more so than a race and the award will go to the team that enjoy themselves the most.