The hike will commence at the traditional time of 12 midnight, the time of the dramatic escape of Art, Henry and Hugh from Dublin Castle. Following the escape, the route leaves the city lights behind and heads deeper into the wilds and darkness of the moonless Wicklow Mountains and the hope of sunrise. (see the route page).
This promises to be an exceptional night in the hills, whether it's the lonely silence of the long distance runner or the banter of a walking group you will be taking in the surroundings and re living the history of this great event. The hike is ideal for groups, friends, families, teams and solo hikers who are all competent navigators. Guides can be provided for those who would like to take part but who would like to be part of a guided group.
Get all the information about the route on the Homepage
We recommend that all participants are familiar with the route. Route information and a GPX file are available to download from the Homepage. All other links are from previous years.
Competitors can avail of support facilities on offer at the rest stations - hot food and drinks, and transport of tired limbs from finish back to civilisation!!
The hike will be punctuated with 2 rest and recoup zones where hikers can continue on with their own group or wait for the next group to follow through. These are Red Hugh's Kitchen at Ballynultagh Woods after 30km, Art's Breakfast after 41km at Oakwood and the glorious Finish at Barravore in the valley of Glenmalure!
At these zones there will also be some hot drinks and food provided and Red Bull to keep the eyes open, with some tasty porridge and coffee to revive challengers after the sun comes up! This TLC will all be provided as part of your entry fee.
Checkpoint 1: Ballynultagh Woods. Red Hugh's Kitchen
Checkpoint 2: Oakwood. Art's Breakfast - Porridge & Tea station
Finish: Barravore. HOT CHOCOLATE! and a hearty WELCOME and WELL DONE before getting buses to Glenmalure Lodge.
In early January, at night time, conditions can be harsh. We have specified some mandatory kit. Please take a moment to get familiar with the kit list. We've added links to the Great Outdoors to make it easy. Best be sure and be properly prepared. There will be a kit check at registration for all competitors. Make sure you have all your kit. It is for your safety and comfort. There is an option for a bag drop too but please note that for safety reasons any use of 'support vehicles' will result in a DNF. See below.
You will be able to leave a bag (50l for ultra runners and hybrids) with the organisers at the start with a change of clothes and shoes and extra food. This bag will be accessible at Checkpoint 1 and then again at the finish in Barravore.
110 Euro (inclusive of costs)
The entry fee includes:
Please note that we operate a No Refunds and No Transfers policy In the event of extreme weather which would compromise safety, the event will be rescheduled if the permissions allow.