The Irish team who took part in the Welsh
FOUR members of a seven strong Irish team
which won a gruelling 'adventure race' in Wales earlier this
month came from Lisburn. The team captained by local man Colin
Henderson upheld the honour of both the Duke of Edinburgh Award
Scheme in Northern Ireland and the President's Award in the
Republic after spending two days taking part in a variety of
challenging activities. Colin was joined by Alan Pentland and
Karen and Ian Mawhinney (also from Lisburn) as well as Caro-Lynn
Ferris, Norma Rae and Stephen Peers.
The event, organised by the Welsh Section of
the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme involved road and fell running,
abseiling, canoeing and orienteering.
In a chilly finale each team faced a
challenge involving a section of 'coasteering' during which they
had to plunge into the choppy seas off Anglesey.
The Irish winners who found the race
'enjoyable but challenging' competed in warm autumn sunshine
against 20 other teams from all over Wales and beyond.
However, in order to catch the ferry back
across the Irish Sea they had to leave before the prizegiving
and had no idea they had won.
As they boarded the vessel they knew only
they had been in fourth position at the end of day one.
"We received the final results when we on the
car-deck of the HSS ferry," explained Colin.
"We were obviously delighted but also shocked
to discover that we had finished first.
"For a team whose combined age was 318 it was
a tremendous achievement. We beat some teams whose age total was
just about that of the two most senior members of the Irish
The team who were sponsored by Target Dry and Stena Line will
now have to defend their title in 2008 - when another seven
years will have been added to their total age tally.