Ronan O’Gara Askes You to Challenge Yourself & Challenge Cancer at the 10th Annual Kerry Way Cancer Research Walk

Rugby legend Ronan O’Gara is lending his support to Breakthrough Cancer Research’s 10th annual Kerry Way Cancer Research walk which will take place this July.

To mark its 10th anniversary the walk has an added element of a 9 day team walk covering the 200km Kerry Way route along with the usual 3 day Individual walk covering over 70km of the Kerry Way. These guided walks will combine impressive mountain views, dramatic peaks and glens, wild moorlands, wooded paths and lakes along the Kerry Way trails.  Challenging but fun, the great camaraderie on the route adds to the spectacular settings and ensures a truly memorable experience in the Kingdom.

Pictured at the launch of the 10th annual Kerry Way Cancer Research walk are, from left walk founder Damian O’Brien, Munster & Ireland Rugby Legend Ronan O’Gara and John Martin, walk leader. This year’s walk features either a nine day team walk or a 3 day individual walk in July, for more information visit www.kerrywaycancerwalk.ie

Pictured at the launch of the 10th annual Kerry Way Cancer Research walk are, from left walk founder Damian O’Brien, Munster & Ireland Rugby Legend Ronan O’Gara and John Martin, walk leader. This year’s walk features either a nine day team walk or a 3 day individual walk in July, for more information visit www.kerrywaycancerwalk.ie

The walks include some of Irelands most fabulous walk ways with the most remarkable scenery, and a fantastic way to see the Atlantic coastline and rugged mountains of the Ring of Kerry. Views over the panoramic peninsulas are a haven for walkers which also offer open countryside, glens, mountains and beaches. Enjoy retracing the old ‘butter’ roads, bog roads, and moss paths which will reveal evidence of centuries of civilisation in the Kingdom.

Speaking at the launch of the walk Munster & Ireland rugby legend Ronan O’Gara said “I am delighted to lend my support to the 10th Kerry Way Cancer Research Walk. So many people are affected by cancer and tackling it can be a daunting challenge.  As I have seen over my career, team work is vital and the team of dedicated scientists at the Cancer Research Centre tackle Cancer ever day with focus and determination. They work with clinicians all over the country to develop more treatment options for poor prognosis cancers. One day we will beat cancer, but it will take a team effort, so I am asking you all to play your part today and join the annual Kerry Way fundraising walk and help to raise much needed funds for Cancer Research.

“This year alone over 36,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer in Ireland and despite significant increases in the numbers of people surviving cancer and treatment options available, 8,800 people will die because the treatments to save their lives have not been discovered, yet. Fundraisers such as the annual Kerry Way Cancer Research Walk are vital at providing funds to further our research” explains Dr. Declan Soden Principal Investigator at the Cancer Research Centre.

“When we started out with the first walk 10 years ago, we had no idea what a tremendous success the walk would become. Together with so many volunteers and walkers we have made a significant impact to the lives of those who bravely battle cancer on a daily basis and we hope to continue to do so this year. Since its inception the walk has raised almost €600,000 which has gone directly towards funding the great advances in research being carried out by the team of scientists at the Research Centre and this year we hope to raise more vital funds for Cancer Research.  Damian O’Brien & Pat Murray, on behalf of the Kerry Way Cancer Research Organising Committee.

 Walk Details: 

9 Day Team Walk

Sat July 18th to Sun July 26th – 200km Kerry Way Route

Saturday 18th Killarney – Black Valley (22km);

Sunday 19th Black Valley – Glencar (20km);

Monday 20th Glencar – Glenbeigh (17 km);

Tuesday 21st Glenbeigh – Cahersiveen (28km);

Wednesday 22nd Cahersiveen – Waterville (30 km);

Thursday 23rd Waterville – Caherdaniel (11/26km);

Friday 24th Caherdaniel – Sneem (18 km);

Saturday 25th Sneem – Kenmare (28 km);

Sunday 26th Kenmare – Killarney (25 km).

*The 9 day team event is limited to 10 teams only. Teams can be made up of between 2 and 6 people.

 

3 Day Individual Walk

Friday July 24th to Sunday July 26th – 71km Kerry Way Route

Friday 24th Caherdaniel – Sneem (18 km);

Saturday 25th Sneem – Kenmare (28 km);

Sunday 26th Kenmare – Killarney (25 km).

*The individual walk is a 3 day guided walk, walkers can participate in 1, 2 or all 3 days over the course of the weekend.

For more information visit www.kerrywaycancerwalk.ie

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