Six months after the world record breaking day the 11 climbers and their support team got to celebrate the magnificent achievement at Campbell’s Bar, Murrisk.
Back on July 1 and 2 more than 100 people were involved supporting the 11 climbers on the record attempt. The spirit generated by the support crew and supporters was of paramount importance during the bid and the task could not have been completed without them.
Just before 8pm on Saturday July 2, the remaining climbers arrived back down to the car park having broken the world record by nearly 1,100 metres. A few hundred supporters were there to welcome them.
The previous record of 17,011 metres for 24 hours will be now be replaced by the new distance of 18,086 metres with each climber climbing more vertical metres than Mount Everest (8848m ) while setting a new mark for the highest number of consecutive climbs every undertaken on Croagh Patrick in under 24 hours.
The months of preparation and training had given them the opportunity to reach these unprecedented goals in aid of Mayo Mountain Rescue and the Red Cross.
The 11 world record holders are Paul Mahon (Carlow ), Tony Walsh (Kilsallagh ), PJ Hall (Ballyvary ), Noel Brady (Westport ), John Gilleran (Roscommon ), Robert Coyne (Castlebar ), Mary Mulchrone (Westport ), Padraig Marrey (Ballinrobe ), Pat Staunton (Westport ), Kieran Hastings (Westport ), and Padraig Hughes (Kilmaine ).