Get into tip top shape on the fittest New Year's day event in Timahoe

Seamus Dunne


Seamus Dunne


Ireland's Fittest Family Davy Fitzgerald

The McDonald family with Davy Fitzgerald during their run in Ireland's Fittest Family.

Participants in the annual New Year’s Day charity walk in Timahoe will be able to match themselves against the formidable McDonalds.

The McDonalds, from Crubbin, Ballyroan, are finalists in RTE’s demanding Ireland’s Fittest Family show.

With the starting and finishing line on the village green, they’ll lead off the 17th annual Timahoe walk.

Or, to be accurate, walks—because there are two routes, 6kms and 10kms. Both are energy sapping, particularly the latter.

The picturesque Fossey Hills, high over the plains of Laois, don’t take any prisoners.

No doubt, the McDonalds will set a rapid pace. They, so to speak, won’t be too fussy about Fossey. Nor will Ballyroan concede precedence to Timahoe.

Joking aside, though, and judging by previous years, the event will be good craic and will raise much-needed funds for the Irish Wheelchair Association and Maura O’Brien’s Fatima pilgrimage fund.

And, as organiser Johnny Dalton notes the day is an ideal way to get over the festivities.

“The walk is a great way of starting the New Year and of getting rid of the Christmas excess.

“All are welcome.”

After their exertions, participants will be treated to refreshments in the Community Hall.

Sponsorship cards are available from Maura O’Brien and Johnny (087 907 33 23), or people can contribute on the day.

All funds raised for the IWA will be expended in Laois.