Portarlington's We Walk Together group after their 52km walk in Kerry
There are walkers in Portarlington who can walk the length of Laois in a day, having proven their worth in an epic challenge.
We Walk Together is a group of 14 extreme walkers who recently completed a 52km charity walk on the Dingle Way, in one day. That is 12 solid hours of walking.
Shirley Luttrell is in the group.
“We started about three years ago so we have built up a similar level of fitness together and now we are great friends,” she said.
Last year they completed the Four Highest Peaks challenge, and the 38km Sligo Camino, and they aim to do the Giant's Causeway in September.
For insurance reasons the group can not accept more members unless some retire.
“We range in age from 47 to 63. I suppose we are fitter than we think. We are very supportive of each other on a walk, no-one is left walking alone,” Shirley said.
They hope to organise a public long distance walk event in Port in 2020.
“A 25 to 30 km walk would highlight Derryounce, Corrig Wood and Garryhinch,” she said.
Meanwhile the Port Trail Walking Group has about 20 members and welcomes more, with distances more manageable.
Donie Molloy organises the free walks, which take place every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6.45 from Park Lane carpark, and a monthly Sunday walk.
“Our walks are not as strenuous, they are for wellbeing as well as exercise. We carpool and do all the trails around Laois,” he said.
Port Trail walking group are doing a sponsored walk in Derryounce on Tuesday, June 18 in aid of Portarlington Community Development Assocation, towards the upkeep of the Derryounce walkway.
Registration is at 7pm at Marian Hill entrance. Walk will start at 7.30pm. Cost of walk is €5. Adults and children are all welcome to join us. Contact Donie 0863288858 or Colm 0872343240.