6th September 2019, saw the launch of the Barrow Way Walk take place
on the Horse Bridge in Athy, Co Kildare. In attendance were representatives
from Waterways Ireland, Sport Ireland, Get Ireland Walking, Carlow, Laois &
Kildare County Councils respectively.
The key is in
the name of the Barrow Way Walk, as in its essence it is a free event created to
facilitate a large walk along the River Barrow in three counties
simultaneously. The event is the brain child of Waterways Ireland and Get
Ireland Walking who conceptualised the idea on the back of the Waterways for
In a brief
summation, Waterways for Health is a programme designed to help and encourage
participants in rehabilitation services to engage in gentle exercise in and
around Green and Blue spaces. With the emphasise placed on showing participants
how to utilize the incredible scenery that Ireland is blessed to have in order
to better their mental and physical health. The benefits seen and vocalised by
participants were vast and instantaneous, and so, in a bid to engage with as
many people and as many demographics as possible, the Barrow Way Walk was born.
After linking in
with the identified county’s Local Sports Partnerships; Carlow SP, Laois SP
& Kildare SP, it was decided that the best time to host this event would be
during the European Week of Sport, and, with the backing of Sport Ireland, it
was confirmed that September 29th 2019 would be the date that this
mass participation event would take place.
In order to
accommodate all levels of fitness, mobility and time constraints, there are
approximately 5km / 10km / 18km routes available within each county. The
advantage of these walks is that each route has a meeting point and time where
a bus will collect participants and ferry them to the start point of their
respective walk. Each person then simply walks back to their car, at their own
pace with a walk leader, first aid support and sweeper on every route. There
will also be a hydration station present before and after the walks to
encourage a ‘leave no trace’ practice – NB there will be no plastic bottles
available at any of the events.
Further to this,
each registered participant will be given a draw-string bag with some goodies
provide by the Local Sports Partnerships. Due to this, the bus service and the
provision of tea/coffee after the event it is essential that each participant
registers on www.barrowwaywalk.ie
before the event as non-registered participants may not be catered for.
information on this event please see Carlow / Laois / Kildare Sports
Partnerships’ social media platforms or visit; www.barrowwaywalk.ie