An epic hill walking challenge named after a very brave girl who died two years ago is taking place this weekend, August 1-3.
The Fei Sheehy challenge is to ‘cross’ the Comeragh, Galty and Knockmealdown Mountains over three consecutive days - Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The total distance covered with be about 95km with a cumulative height gain of 4,200m. It’s the equivalent of walking two full marathons, plus 11kms, on open mountain terrain while ascending and descending Carrauntoohil four times, from sea level, along the way.
The event is supported by the Galtee Walking Club, Nire Valley Bogtrotters and Peaks Mountaineering Club.
It was established by Tipp man Gerard Sheehy to honour the memory of his eight year daughter Fei who lost her battle with serious illness two years ago
There is no other event like it on the hill walking challenge calendar at the moment, so it will be a venture into the unknown for many in terms of fitness and endurance.
The event is specifically targeted at experienced hill walkers who are proficient in the use of map and compass and can self-navigate. They will travel from all over the country to take part.
The money raised through registration fees and sponsorship will be donated to the Paediatric Unit at South Tipp General Hospital, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Cappagh Hospital Foundation, South East Mountain Rescue and Mountain Meitheal
Donations can be made though the event website www.FeiSheehyChallenge.net