What's this got to do with the Parish Walk?
Well, in truth not an awful lot but this time of year is a great time of year to improve your fitness base for the travails ahead and what better way to do it than a sliding, splashing, mud splattered, lungbusting few laps around Glen Lough campsite?
For those of you just starting your journey to the levels you're going to need for June, there is the 'Short Course' race which is usually aboput 1.5 to 2 miles long and for those a bit further along the road, there is the main race which I think is about 4 miles for the ladies and about 6 miles for the gentlemen (which I suppose is a bit unfair on the girls who will still have to walk 85 mile in June.)
You don't have to be a 'super athlete' to join in and everyone will make you very welcome. If things are the same as a couple of years ago, Western Athletic Club who are hosting the event also do a brilliant job providing hot soup at the end.
There are races for all the family, so bring everyone along and it should be fun for all.
I hope to escape work in time to race, so in the words of Adrian Cowin, 'Good luck and see you there.' (I hope it's not a bad sign that he hasn't posted his usual forecast)