The tough and the brave bat­tle it out for fun

Bray People - - THE NOTEBOOK -

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.

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