The tough and the brave battle it out for fun
HUNDREDS of hardy challengers from throughout the county went to 'Hell and Back' last Sunday for the notorious 10K race at Killruddery House.
'Are you tough enough to make it to Hell & Back?' was the event tagline and 1,900 brave athletes crossed the finish line after tackling barbed wire, mud, rain and cold on the punishing army-designed obstacle course.
There were 1,900 sore and bruised bodies by Monday, however it was worth it to those who spent over two hours tackling the course.
Not for the faint hearted, the men and women taking on Hell & Back faced Satan's Pit, Shock of Horrors, The Pond, Ice Baths and other ingenious methods of physical torture to test their endurance.
There was a fantastic atmosphere on the day, with more experienced athletes helping novices across the toughest obstacles.
As Sunday's event sold out so quickly, it's happening all over again next week. Some of the sur- vivors from the weekend have a few words of advice for the next batch of victims.
They suggest wearing gloves for the cold, long sleeves and leggings, and ladies - don't tie your hair up in a bun or top knot. One poor woman got stuck in the barbed wire crawl and had to be cut out with a scissors!
The competitors were invited to a well-earned after-party afterwards at The Martello.
For more information on Hell & Back go to www.aliveoutside.ie.
Elizabeth O'Reilly in the pond.
Sinead Doyle in sight of the finish line.
Fran Gaffney rescues one of the competitors going down.
Ryan Nolan hauls himself out of the swamp.
David McDonagh in the river.