Cork clan is in the running for fittest family title

Tomorrow night Ireland's fittest family returns for the seventh run. One of the families taking part in this year's series are from Cork.
Cork clan is in the running for fittest family title
The Dinan family from Cork who are taking part in Ireland's Fittest Family.

CAN the recently-married Anna Geary maintain her excellent record in Ireland’s Fittest Family?

We’re about to find out when the hit series returns for a seventh run on RTE1 tomorrow (Sunday October 27) at 6.30pm.

The camogie legend, who married Kevin Sexton earlier this month, is chasing her third success in the contest, as celebs coach various families to see who is the fittest.

As usual, Anna will face a touch challenge from some fierce competitors, most of whom are also from Cork.

Ex-Munster and Ireland star Donncha O’Callaghan and former athlete Derval O’Rourke will be aiming to win the series for a second time, as will Clare GAA coach Davy Fitzgerald.

The competition begins with 15 families in the first, 90-episode episode. They will be put through extreme endurance challenges in new locations around the country, from steep sand dunes to airports to Irish bogs and the sheer gradient of Kilternan’s 180 metre ski slope.

Once again, all roads lead to Croker, where the final will take place and the four surviving families will battle it out to be crowned Ireland’s Fittest Family.

The first episode features three heats in Poolbeg, Dublin, alongside three eliminators in Kilternan on Ireland’s largest artificial ski slope.

New to the series this year is the Rampage eliminator, which is unlike any challenge ever undertaken on the show.

Families go head to head on the exhaustingly steep course, which is broken by a cargo net crawl, rat tunnels and steel barriers, ascending in height, followed by an ultimate ramp covered in oil that proves to be an incredible struggle for the families to overcome.

Having watched the families take on the challenges, the episode ends with the coaches selecting their top three families from the 12 who have made it through.

Among the families are the Dinans from Cork.

Dad Paul, 61, played rugby with Cork Con in the late ’70s and early ’80s, and later did athletics and triathlons. An All-Ireland club national marathon winner with St. Finbarrs A.C., he completed Austrian Ironman as well as London, Boston, Belfast, Cork and Dublin marathons.

His son Alan, 30, also played with Cork Con and is currently in training for triathlon events.

Another son, Steven, 25, is a keen golfer, having given up rugby. Sandra, 19, is a keen member of Glanmire ladies football club. and currently a member of Cork U21 ladies football team.

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