Night walk on the Comeragh mountains for Mountain Rescue Association

Long Way Round

The South East Mountain Rescue Association is looking forward to the Long Way Round Walk on the Comeraghs on Saturday November 25.

The South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA), which was established 40 years ago, is hosting a fundraising event on Saturday 25th November to raise much-needed funds for the day-to-day operating costs of the team. 

The event comprises a 14 kilometres night walk/run, titled ‘Long Way Round’, starting at the Central Technical Institute, The Mall, Clonmel. 

Check-in is from 5pm to 7pm. Runners depart at 6.30 and walkers depart from 6.35 to 7.30 at regular intervals. If the event is cancelled for any reason it will be rescheduled for Saturday 20th January. 

The route includes road, track and open mountain stages, which will take place in and around the north western Comeraghs. Participants can do it on their own, with a group of friends or join a mixed group that will have leaders. 

The event route will be fully marshalled by members of the team.

SEMRA is offering a group rate of €30 per person for a group size of ten or more. 

The association is also offering free registration for anyone raising €60 or more in sponsorship. 

The online rate in November is €35. The rate to register on the night is €40. 

The association tries to reward groups and those registering early, as it assists with the planning of the event and helps reduce costs.

While fundraising is the primary objective of the event, it will also benefit participants by encouraging them to be active and embrace the outdoors.

The walk/run will promote local natural amenities. It promises to be a very sociable event and it's hoped to have some live entertainment on the night.

Visit www.semra.ie/longwayround for registration and additional information.

The Mountain Rescue Association was set up by a cooperative network of members from local walking clubs, with the aim of creating a rescue team to help those in trouble on the hills of the south east. 

Forty years, and over 400 callouts later, the association still has the same aim of helping those in trouble on the hill.

The team is now a strong, experienced group of committed people who are prepared to respond to an incident anywhere in the south east and beyond. 

The members are grateful to all those who have helped them over the last forty years including past members, families and the clubs and donors who have helped financially. Without their help they could not continue with their volunteer duty.

The level of activity in the early years was relatively low. In recent years the team were averaging over 20 callouts per year. The team have responded to 23 call outs so far this year. 

The team recently recruited new members who will commence training next month. The new group is evenly divided with five female and five male members. 

The team typically recruits new members every second year to replace members who retire or have to move on for work or family commitments.