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Go, go Ro… Urney man hoping to conquer 11 summits

A DETERMINED Urney man is gearing up for an epic mountain challenge which will see him cover 22 miles and conquer 11 summits in just one day.
 
Ronan Lafferty is undertaking the Mourne Wall Challenge in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma NI.
 
The walk, due to take place on June 29, will see Ronan and fellow Strabane man Paul Cooke traverse their way along the Mourne Wall. The wall was built between 1904 and 1922 by the Belfast Water Commissioners to keep cattle and sheep out of the water catchment area of the Silent Valley.
 
Not for the faint-hearted the structure spans 22 miles with a total ascent approaching 3,000 metres.  The hike will take Ronan and Paul right across the Mournes from Newcastle to Rostrevor.
 
Busy preparing for the challenge, Ronan is combining his physical endeavours which are part of his day job in the Irish Army with extra walks with the Urney Ramblers.
 
He explained, “I’m pretty active anyway in the army and I play football with Urney, I’m due to retire from GAA this year so I was looking for some new challenges to keep my fitness levels up.
 
“I’ve done some fund-raising stuff in the past, most recently for the Caolan Melaugh Fund, and I just  chose the Leukaemia and Lymphoma NI charity randomly.
 
“I intent to do more challenges going forward so I will spread it around to raise funds for other charities when the time comes.”
 
Having perfectly honed skills in map reading and navigation Ronan should have no problem finding his destination – now he just needs to ensure his legs are up for the mammoth task ahead.
 
You can support him in his quest by logging on to Ronan Lafferty Just Giving page.
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