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Reign of Terror launches, heads for Kilkenny this October

L-R: David Herity, Jackie Tyrrell, Noel Hickey and Tracey Millea launch the Reign of Terror.
L-R: David Herity, Jackie Tyrrell, Noel Hickey and Tracey Millea launch the Reign of Terror.

Kilkenny hurling greats Jackie Tyrrell, Noel Hickey and David Herity recently lined out for the launch of Ireland’s first and only endurance obstacle course event, Reign of Terror, with thousands expected to descend upon the medieval village of Kells, County Kilkenny, for the adrenaline fuelled event on Saturday, October 21st.

Almost 1,000 people participated in last year’s Reign of Terror with the number expected to double in 2017 given its appeal to both competitive participants and people of any reasonable level of fitness.

Evanne Ni Chuilinn, Tracey Millea and Jo Jordon are just some of the high profile names lined up to participate for 2017 along with a raft of GAA and sporting stars.

This year sees both a 5km and 10km route set on the ancient battlefield that that surrounds Kells Priory.

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There are over 60 obstacles such as Strongbow’s Summit, Motte and Bales, Seven Castles Squeeze, Warrior Weir, Victory Hill and Kyteler’s Crossing that participants can choose to tackle.

“I participated in the Reign of Terror 2016 because I wanted to be challenged physically by something outside of the usual GAA circles. I didn’t do any specific training, and partook with other players from my club in Dunnamaggin, but we were all competing against each other”, said former Kilkenny senior goalkeeper turned Dublin camogie manager.

“If you are looking to be challenged mentally, physically, brought outside your comfort zone, have a competitive streak and want a buzzing atmosphere, this event is a must.”

For those, who prefer not to get muddy, the backdrop of Kells village offers spectators ample viewing points to watch the fun unfold. S

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“Reign of Terror is the perfect gateway to endurance events for anybody wishing to test the waters. The course is fully marshalled with a minimum of one staff member being at every obstacle to give a lending hand, if necessary. We hope that people who have never tried this type of event, but have always wanted to, will join us in Kells on October 21st” says Liam O’Sullivan, Reign of Terror.

An ideal family day out, there will be something for everyone with Viking and Medieval Battle Displays from Déíse Medieval, historical tours of Kells Priory, BBQ’s, a Craft Fair and lots more.

Some of the later morning slots are already booked out but if it sounds like you’re thing, find out more at ReignOfTerror.ie.

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