Countdown to Quest Lough Derg is on

Countdown to Quest Lough Derg is on

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Arlene White (Tourism East Clare), Oliver Kirwan (Quest Lough Derg), Andree Walkin (UL Sport), middle row, Ruth Mulhern (Tourism Officer, Tipperary County Council), Amanda Mooney (Inland Fisheries Ireland), front, Derek Kiely (GoTri Adventure Club) – Photo: Odhran Ducie

For the first time, Quest adventure series will take place on the banks of Lough Derg on Saturday 14th September 2019.

Quest representatives and members of Lough Derg Marketing Group along with other local business representatives were on the banks of Lough Derg today to mark 12 weeks to the event.

This exciting, brand-new event, Quest Lough Derg, will see participants start and finish their event in Ballina and run, cycle and kayak their way around Lough Derg taking in locations like Tountinne, Garrykennedy, Ballycuggaran and Moylussa.

There are three routes to choose from for participants, the 22km ‘Challenge’ route, the 57km ‘Sport’ route and the 69km ‘Expert’ route. There’s a route to suit all levels of ability – by way of a guide for those new to the sport, the level of fitness required to compete in the ‘Challenge’ is similar required to run a 10km race.

Elite Event Management are working with support from Clare County Council, Tipperary County Council and Lough Derg Marketing Group to bring this high-profile event to the area.

Quest Adventure Series Director, Oliver Kirwan is already looking forward to this new event, he said “We are on the countdown now to the first ever Quest Lough Derg. The event is proving really popular with adventure racers already with nearly 1000 participants signed up already.

“The great thing about these events is that they’re really accessible and we would encourage local people to take a look and sign up for a route that suits their abilities – there’s something for everyone! We’ve had great support from our local partners already and we know the community will be out to support everyone on the day too.”

Joe MacGrath, Chief Executive of Tipperary County Council and Chairman of Lough Derg Marketing Group said, “We are delighted that Quest is coming to Lough Derg, particularly at a time of year when the tourist season is drawing to a close.  With an estimated 1500 adventure racers expected to attend, this event will boost the Lough Derg economy by an estimated €280,000+.

These events have a great reputation around the country and we look forward to welcoming adventure racers from around Ireland and abroad to experience all that Lough Derg has to offer for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies and culture seekers alike. We look forward to working with the team at Quest to promote and support this event.”

Quest Adventure series has five Irish events, Quest Kenmare (March), Quest Glendalough (April), Quest 12/24 – Sneem & South Kerry (31st August), Quest Lough Derg (14th September) and Quest Killarney (12th October).

For more information visit www.questadventureseries.com/race/quest-lough-derg/ or email kelly@eliteevents.ie or call 087 6024621.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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