This is a tough ultra run and with a 1am winter start you wont find many tougher ultras in Ireland. Everything about it is challenging: the route, terrain, time of night, darkness, navigation and the weather. Please bear this in mind when entering. Having said all that it is a very special and unique event with full support and lots of love!(Although you may be moving too fast, or just feeling too 'challenged' to really feel it!)Good Luck.
This is also open to teams "adventure race" style with at least one competent navigator in each team If you intend to run in teams please contact the race organiser with the names of the people on that team with the name of the navigator(s). I will communicate with the navigators directly before the start if required.
We would recommend that you recce the course in chunks beforehand, especially the mountain parts. Please use our Facebook page to make contact with other ultra runners who are thinking of attempting the AON so you can recce together.
There will alos be an event information night in the Great Outdoors in January. Date TBC
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.