Hun­dreds tackle the fear­some Banna Beast

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By FER­GUS DEN­NEHY

IT’S hard to be­lieve that this is only the sec­ond year of the Banna Beast chal­lenge, such is the huge pop­u­lar­ity that the ob­sta­cle course event has gar­nered lo­cally, na­tion­ally and even in­ter­na­tion­ally.

This year’s event, the sec­ond of 2017 alone, at­tracted up to 800 peo­ple who put them­selves to the ul­ti­mate test as they clam­bered over hay bales, waded through pools of wa­ter, crawled un­der nets, car­ried heavy logs and even took on the aptly named ‘stair­way to hell’.

While this may all sound like the das­tardly plan of a fiendish mind, or­gan­iser Mairead McMa­hon in­sists that it’s all about fun at the end of the day.

“It was fan­tas­tic. We had a great turnout and peo­ple seemed to re­ally en­joy it, the feed­back that we got was ex­cel­lent. We had a few new and dif­fer­ent ob­sta­cles like the ‘stair­way to hell’ and the ‘log carry’ and peo­ple seemed to en­joy them” she said with a laugh when talk­ing to The Ker­ry­man on Mon­day.

“It’s all about hav­ing a bit of fun at the end of the day. If you’re do­ing the com­pet­i­tive side of the course, there’s going to be pres­sure ob­vi­ously; when you’re just there for the day out though, there’s a good laugh to be had with peo­ple help­ing each other out with the nets and climb­ing the wall, It’s a chal­lenge, but a do-able one,” she said.

“We’re def­i­nitely going to be back next year, prob­a­bly in the spring some time, so we hope that we’ll see some new faces there next time around as well” she said.

All pho­tos by Fer­gus Den­nehy.

Hardy com­peti­tors wade through one of the wa­ter-filled ob­sta­cles that lined Banna Beach on Saturday morn­ing as part of the fun filled Banna Beast ob­sta­cle course chal­lenge.

ABOVE:

Tracy Moriarty, Norma O’Donoghue, Bogna Kuleszewicz and Noreen Moriarty all decked out and ready for ac­tion.

LEFT: Run­ners crawl through en­ergy sap­ping nets as the rain be­gins to fall at the Banna Beast chal­lenge on Saturday morn­ing.

Char­lene Ty­d­ings and Ni­amh Fin­u­cane feel­ing ready for ac­tion at the Banna Beast chal­lenge on Saturday morn­ing.

Carol McG­lynn, Martina Cronin and Mary Bar­rett get­ting ready for road at the Banna Beast ob­sta­cle course on Saturday morn­ing.

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