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Ireland Weekend Challenge

Run 56km

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This weekend-long adventure will push you to your limits and give you an experience not soon to be forgotten with 34 km of biking over the day. With a 6 km hike up Diamond Hill in between the cycling stages, your legs won't forget either!

How to enter the Ireland Weekend Challenge

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Ireland Weekend Challenge route

  • Stage 1: Bike: 22 km bike to Diamond Hill along the coastal route.
  • Stage 2: 6 km mountain hike up Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park (600m elevation gain).
  • Stage 3: 12 km bike back.

We have specifically tailored our courses to enable the fastest competitors to complete the route in about 4 hours, while everyone should be able to do it in about 8 hours.

Event Details

What’s Included


  • Return transfers from Knock Airport or Galway train station
  • 2 nights accommodation in bell tents (based on 4 sharing) including memory foam mattresses
  • Full board. Locally sourced, organic food from Friday lunchtime to Sunday breakfast inclusive
  • Wilderness skills and bushcraft workshop
  • Event-specific training plan
  • Fully signposted & supported route
  • Medical and physio support
  • Timing tracker (Competitors)
  • Walking guide & sweeper as a backstop
  • Photography
  • Activities in camp
  • Tour bikes for the Challenge (participants are welcome to bring their own
  • Traditional music & entertainment
  • Celebratory beer at the finish line on Saturday
  • Technical t-shirt and welcome pack
  • Finishers medal and wristband
Raceday Logistics



  • Arrive and transfers to camp
  • Registration, briefing and lunch
  • Afternoon activities
  • Campfire chilli and bed


  • Breakfast in camp
  • The IGO Ireland Challenge: hike/run & bike
  • Evening celebrations in camp
  • Camp overnight
  • Breakfast in camp
  • Yoga
  • Transfers to local train station & airport
Kit List
As for equipment, we will give you most of what you need, so no need to stress, including tour bikes and a helmet. If you decide to bring your own equipment, that’s totally fine (as long as you mention it to us in advance), but remember that you must get it to and from the course.



The food is delicious. Made in partnership with Basic Kitchen, it is sourced locally, always fresh and always delicious.


The tents are comfortable bell tents and each one comfortably fits 4 people. Unless you come as a group of 4 and take over one tent, individuals are split up into single-sex tents at random. They are each equipped with a mattress, rug and storm lanterns. The communal areas consist of 2 larger tents for food, yoga and other activities or talks (weather depending) as well as the stand-alone physio and sports massage tent. There will be 1 or more campfires with bales of straw for seats that create the focal point of camp.

Ireland Weekend Challenge weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

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IconModerate breeze possible, up to 12mph

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