Wanna Burn the Festive Flab? Head West And Bring Your Christmas Tree

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Feeling that doughy new year excess? Had a festive bellyful? Then never fear. The good people of Clare County Council have just the solution.

Members of the public are being invited to break a unique Guinness World Record as well as drop off their Christmas tree for recycling on Sunday, January 7th from 1.00pm to 3.00pm when the annual Irish International Christmas Tree Throwing Championship takes place at Active Ennis Tim Smyth Park.

Organised by Clare County Council’s Active Ennis Unit, the seventh annual event is a novel way to turn Christmas tree recycling into a sport, while at the same time raise funds for a needy cause with this year’s proceeds going to the Mid West Simon Community.

The Championship, which is based on age-old lumberjack traditions, sees members of the public competing to achieve the longest distance for throwing a standard 1.5 metre tree.

Trophies for the longest throw in various age categories will be awarded with a trophy for the overall champion. Every participant will also be entered into a draw to win one year family membership at Active Ennis Leisure Complex.

John Leahy of Lissycasey, County Clare, was named overall winner of the 2017 Irish Christmas Tree Throwing Championship title after he beat off competition from more than 200 competitors.

The Irish Christmas Tree Throwing Championship takes place this Sunday, January 7th, between 1.00pm to 3.00pm at Active Ennis Tim Smyth Park, Ennis, Co. Clare.

Visit clarecoco.ieactiveennis.ie, Twitter (@clarecoco.ie) or Facebook (/clarecountycouncil) for more details.