Climb for Concern

Image supplied by Climb For Concern.

Image supplied by Climb For Concern.

According to a study published in January, a daily 20-minute brisk walk increases one’s chances of living longer by 16 – 30%. It’s still early in the year but no doubt many NewsFour readers are already struggling with their new year resolutions to get and stay fit.

Climb4Concern offers readers an interesting challenge in the fitness stakes. Concern Worldwide has pencilled five dates into its keep-fit 2015 diary.

The weekend of April 11th it’s Mount Errigal in Donegal, while a month later on May 16th and 17th the challenge is the Three Glens in Wicklow. On June 6th, climbers head to the top of Sliabh Donard in Co Down. A month later, July 11th, walkers take on Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil in Co Kerry, and then in September there is a five-day adventure in the UK, climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.

Over the last few years these hikes have proved a tremendous success. They bring people together, give people the opportunity of seeing breath-taking vistas and of course it all involves great walks.

And while you are doing all this you are also supporting the work that Concern is doing in its programmes in lifting people out of poverty in the countries where it is engaged.

Try one and if you like it why not do the next one? The events are open to everyone over 18 and people of all fitness levels are welcome, but naturally it is recommended that you put on your walking shoes now and begin an easy training schedule.

For further information about all the challenges, contact Siobhan O’Connor at 01 417 8028; email,; postal address, 52 – 55 Camden Street, Dublin 2.

A great opportunity for you to stick with your plans to get fit.