More than 400 people take part in a record participation in the FEARmanagh endurance race


A record number of competitors showed up on Saturday for the eighth annual FEARmanagh endurance race.

420 people took part in the event, which included cycling and kayaking in the scenic surroundings of Derrygonnelly and West Fermanagh.

Participants covered up to 74 km during the race, with many local athletes competing as well as many from further afield.

The event started and ended at the Derrygonnelly Community Center, with a scenic and challenging course including many iconic Co Fermanagh sites such as Big Dog Forest, Lough Navar Viewpoint and Blackslee Waterfall.

Presenting prizes to the fastest male and female competitors, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council vice-chairman Councilor Chris McCaffrey said he hopes the event brings people back to the district as they discovered its spectacular landscapes.

“I want to congratulate everyone who participated in this year’s FEARmanagh event,” said Cllr McCaffrey.

“FEAR was developed by Fermanagh and the Omagh District Council to bring visitors to Derrygonnelly and the community of West Fermanagh to experience and enjoy the rugged and spectacular scenery of the region through the challenge of adventure sport .

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“I hope you all enjoyed today’s event and will come back to enjoy this beautiful part of our neighborhood.”

This year’s event also featured the Ciaran Murphy Memorial Trophy, which was presented by the Murphy family in recognition of Ciaran’s courageous battle with cystic fibrosis, to raise awareness of the disease and encourage organ donation.


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