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Art O'Neill Challenge

12-Jan-2019 Dublin & Wicklow, Dublin, Ireland

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53KM / 33Miles
1 Day - 200 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

Entry From €110 EUR

Welcome to Art O'Neill!

On January 6th, 1592 Art O’Neill, his brother Henry, and Red Hugh O'Donnell made a bid for freedom from Dublin Castle. It was the middle of winter and Ireland was held fast in its icy clutches but they hoped to reach the relative safety of the remote Glenmalure Valley over 50km away.

Ill equipped and underfed they were the only prisoners ever to successfully escape captivity from Dublin Castle but it was an ill fated journey with Art O’Neill dying from exposure only miles from his goal. Commemorate their great strength of spirit by making your own journey from Dublin Castle to Glenmalure but with a little help from DWMRT!

Walk or Run you decide but this event is a challenge and adventure for everyone and one you will never forget. The only real question aside from Are you up for it? is......

Will you make it to Glenmalure?

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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Garymas

10:08 15-01-18

12/1/2018

The Art o neill challenge is a 54km ultra fundraiser for the Dublin & Wicklow mountain rescue team. It's a lottery system for 200 places. This year over 800 applied.
I was one of the lucky ones. So on Friday night I arrived at Dublin castle for registration at 22:00, for a 1am start.
The race consisted of 30km of road running & 24km of unmarked trail running in the mountains, in the dark.
The route is unmarked. You have to travel from point A to point B via 2 checkpoints. The route you choose is entirely up to you.
The first 15 km is an easy run from Dublin City centre to the suburb of tallaght at the base of the Dublin mountains. You begin to leave the lights of civilisation behind & start the long slow climb into the mountains. This is the first test of the night. After 6km of climbing you take a short descent & then climb again towards check point 1.
Cp1 has an open tent, open fire , music, lights, water & food. At this stage it is raining quite heavily. So after a change of runners & a few additional layers for the open mountainside I leave the warmth of the fire for the darkness & hills.
I had done a few recce runs in the previous weeks & these proved to be essential.
Running in total darkness through fields of heather up a mountain is a skill I suspect takes a lot of training. So for the next 10km I walked. With head torches scattered all over the open mountain you have got be very confident in your navigation. If you start to doubt your ability & begin following other people's lights you could end up anywhere
The going is tough for this stage & the wind is howling & driving the rain directly in to our faces as we climb over billy Byrnes gap and descend towards Cp2.
Cp2 is again very well stocked & even warmer than cp1. There is pots of fresh hot porridge, tea, coffee & chocolate. The draw of a seat by the stove is hard to resist but I finish my porridge quickly & move on.
I have 14km to go , am soaked to the bone so do not wish to get cold.
The rain is torrential at this stage. After following a short trail its back to open mountain & a few different route choices to the next summit,arts cross.
I'm forced into taking a different route than planned as the rivers are swollen so much I can not cross to where I want to be. This makes the next 7-8km much tougher than expected. Eventually I crawl to the top & promptly get lost looking for a lake to landmark my descent to the finish. Several arguments later with strangers about which direction we should be heading & I finally locate the lake & begin my final descent towards a trail that 4km later will see me cross the finish line, 8hrs 20mins after I started.
This is a very challenging event. The darkness, the weather, the navigation, the hills, all take their toll. I did 1400ms of climbing.
If you do not wish to navigate you can arrange to join a group at cp1 & be guided by one of the mountain rescue volunteers.
The Check points are excellent, nearly too good. It makes leaving very hard.
Overall it's an excellent event. Very tough but very rewarding. With the added bonus of the entire entry fee going towards the mountain rescue teams that hopefully
You never have to call

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