The Plod

13 June 2014
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Staff members of Doran Consulting entered two teams in this amazing 50km Mourne Hike challenge in aid of Action Medical Research for Children on Friday 13 June 2014. 

Training began at the foot of the Mournes in March and the teams met there almost every weekend spending 5 to 8 hours hiking – now that’s commitment!  They plodded through snow, fog, gale-force winds, rain and sun for hours on end.  After 4 months training they were ready but their biggest worry of all was fatigue - for this 50km hike didn’t start in the morning it started at MIDNIGHT.  Their main focus was to stay injury free and complete the course as quickly as possible. 

At the stroke of midnight in darkest Tollymore Forest Park 22 teams hit the trail with head torches blazing and maps in hand to negotiate their way through the night. The teams raced through the mountain range in the darkness of night, through sun rise and beyond with no sleep.  They pushed on through the next day and at around 15.30 crossed the finish line to complete an adventure they will never forget.

Not only did they all manage to complete the hike injury free but they also got there in 3rd place – beaten only by an army squad of fell runners and an outdoor pursuit company.  Job well done!

We would like to thank our clients, colleagues, friends and family who sponsored us or contributed to our fund raising ballot by providing prizes.  We managed to rise over £4,200 which turned out to be the highest figure raised for the whole event. 

Thank you so much everyone for your support. 

Team 1:

  • Captain: Stuart Miller
  • Gerry McGeough
  • Eamon Foley
  •  Michael Murray

Team 2:

  • Captain: Rachel Reid
  • Diane Anderson
  • Karen Greenfield
  • Ciara Lappin

Big thanks to Stevie Lau our Driver (provider of coffee, food and encouragement at every rest point)

Our Sponsors :

  • Darrin McCrudden of Control & Information Management, Dublin (CIM)
  • Marilyn Patterson of Cultra Properties Ltd