We (Brian, Peter, Damian, Martin, Declan and myself) left Lucan for Arklow at 7.30am last Sunday morning, 6th April, for the annual South East Road Club 3 Peaks Challenge. It was a beautiful morning, but as soon as we hit the N11 the rain started to fall and continued on arrival to Arklow's hurling grounds. We were presented with 2 bananas and a "3 peaks cap" on registration and after a cup of tea and some more bananas we eventually set out for the hills in the wind and the rain. After a lot of cycling and a lot of effort we started to climb Slieve Maan and even with the wind on our backs it was long and tough. But we got there and down the other side to our food stop, which was much appreciated. Then on to the Shay Elliott, which was shorter but sharper, and as we approached the top the rain started again – accompanied by a fog that appeared out of nowhere. Then down the descent (not so nice in the rain), regrouping at the bottom, we headed back towards Arklow. Another long drag with the wind in our face but at least it had stopped raining by then! And the sun was shining as we approached the finish line. After a quick shower we had soup, sandwiches and a wee chat before we left Arklow (and it’s “hills”) behind us.
Will l do it again? Not lightly!
Photos via the South East Road Club website: http://www.southeastroadclub.com/