FAQs

Below is a list of questions previous participants have asked us. If you can’t find the answer to your question below or on our website, please contact the team on wicklowchallenge@debraireland.org.

 

Can I buy an entry for a friend?

Only one entry per person please.  Race number will be assigned and posted to details provided on registration. Please ensure your correct details are given as any lost / incorrectly assigned race numbers will incur a €5 fee.

Why no deposit option this year?

In previous years 33% of people who only paid the deposit did not turn up on the day.  That means the deposit only covered our costs of running the event (chip timer, mountain guides, bus transfers, insurance and refreshments all have to be paid by us regardless of numbers). As this is a charity event, we can’t risk losing 33% of our income due to no shows.

How do I get my number and chip?

Your number and timing chip will be posted out to you in advance of race day.

What does my registration fee include?

– the race, including all the usual race support along the route.
– chip timing.
– bus transfer from Brockagh Centre to race start (Half Marathon).
– water stations along the route.
– medical personnel at finish line.
– race medal.
– post race refreshments.
– the satisfaction of finishing a tough mountain challenge.
– the knowledge that you have raised much needed funds for patients with EB.

Is it possible to get a refund of the entry fee?

Unfortunately, we cannot refund your entry fee.  We have to cover the costs of running the event (chip timer, mountain guides, bus transfers, insurance and refreshments all have to be paid by us regardless of numbers participating). As this is a charity event, we also rely on the event to fund our patients support services.

Can I swap race distances?

Yes, but we can’t guarantee you will get a spot on your preferred distance. If spots are available you can switch distances up to 18th January 2019.  Please email us at wicklowchallenge@debraireland.org to see if we can accommodate your request.

Can I transfer my entry to a friend?

Yes, you can as long as you notify us before 18th January 2019.  Please email us wicklowchallenge@debraireland.org to let us know so we can transfer your entry to them. We will need all their details as race number will be assigned and posted to details provided on registration.

Can I defer my entry until next year?

Yes, you can as long as you notify us before 18th January 2019.  Please email us at wicklowchallenge@debraireland.org to let us know so we can transfer your entry to 2020. If you can’t run in 2020 you will forfeit your place and entry fee. There is a charge of €5 for this.

What time do the races start?

Half Marathon Registration: 9am-10am (bus leaves at 10.00am to start point).  Race will start at 10.30am.

10km Registration: 10.30am – 11.30am. Race will start at 11.30am.

What do I need to bring with me?

First and foremost, don’t forget your race number – your timing chip is attached to it. If you lose your race number before the race there will be a fee of €5 for a new one. 

You should bring some pre-race clothes as you will be at the registration area for at least one hour before the race start. Please make sure to bring a water bottle with you as there will be tap refills only at the registration.

What kind of gear should I wear?

You must have a windproof jacket with you on the route.
We strongly advise against wearing headphones on the route.
We recommend trail runners seeing as parts of the race are off track and can be muddy.

Where can I leave my gear?

You can leave your belongings in the Brockagh Centre, however please note we cannot take responsibility for any items as we cannot supervise at all times.

Are there showers?

There are two showers at the Brockagh Centre (finish line for both races).

I've signed up and haven't received my number yet?

Please let us know by contacting wicklowchallenge@debraireland.org / 01 412 6924.  Still arrive for the race on Sunday as normal and we will give you a new race number.

Are there kilometre markers?

Two kilometre markers along both routes.

10km route – 5km to go & 1km to go.

21km – ’11km to go’ and ‘4km to go’ markers

Where are the water stations?

There are two water stations along the 21km route and one along the 10km. As a lot of the race is in the mountains we cannot have water stations every few kilometres so please make sure you BRING WATER with you on the race.

Are there post-race refreshments?

Yes. Water, jellies and bananas will be provided at the finish line for all participants.  Complimentary tea, coffee and scones for race participants are provided in the Brockagh Centre.

There will also be a refreshments stand with drinks and snacks available for purchase at the finish line to keep spectators happy!

Where can I get results?

Results will be available post-race.

Are iPods or personal music players allowed on the race?

We would ask that you don’t use personal music devices while racing for safety reasons.

What are the routes like? Is it very mountainous?

This is a mountain challenge so there will be mountains!  Please see routes for more information.

Is there car parking available?

Half Marathon – Brockagh Resource Centre – parking available but first come first served. If not please use the overflow car park at the Laragh GAA.

10km – Laragh GAA – plenty of parking available.

**Shuttle Bus will be available to transport participants from Brockagh Centre finish point back to Laragh GAA.
***It’s only a 10 minute walk from Laragh GAA to Brockagh Centre

Can I bring my dog?

Unfortunately, as we will be crossing private farmland, dogs are not permitted on either route.