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4 Peaks Training 8.9.2009

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Our training day started at Meelmore Lodge at the foot of the Mourne Mountains after getting walk ready we had a short time of prayer pastor murray had asked me to pray a blessing before we left the car park, so I asked God to bless the walk and keep the team safe on the mountains before we departed for the day.

With eight team members including pastor David , Colin , Paul , Sonia , Clair , Gavin , Ernie ,and myself we started walking around ten am from Meelmore lodge up the shingle track onto the fells of slieve meelmore with its view of the trassey track and river below, with a steady pace we were soon on the saddle at the top of the hares gap.

The weather was dry with grey clouds and some mist forming over the valley beyond we stopped for a short time at the Hares Gap Sheepfold and enjoyed the view. The team chatted about different things including Africa and Mount Kilimanjaro, before setting off we had some jelly beans for energy then walked through the red gate and up the staircase of flat rocks below slievenaglogh this section is hard going, but with perseverance we all made it to the crest at the diamond rocks and the view of Ben Crom reservoir in the valley below.

Pastor Murray and Ernie had to leave us at this stage to return back to belfast so we wished them a safe journey home. The remaining members recovered our breath and continued along the mourne wall then across Slieve Corragh and onto Commedagh mountain before dropping down again onto the saddle below Slieve Donard on arrival at the mourne wall we had time for something to eat before the climb up Slieve Donard.

Walking this section up Donard was slow for me today, but eventually I got to the top and then returned down as quickly as possible to meet the team member below. On arrival some had continued on up Slieve Commedagh but were asked to return so we could resume as a team then after discussing the matter we headed forward towards the top of Commedagh and a short rest to put on extra clothes layers at the top we continued onwards to Slieve Corragh, and Slieveaglogh, I stopped for a few moments to take a few photographs of the mourne wall and Ben Crom then continued towards the hares gap.

Walking as quickly as possible we were soon on the trassey track with meelmore lodge in view, apple tart and cream awaiting us at the camp site cafe.

An enjoyable training day for all.



God Bless


Mark Ireland

Team Member