Participants Information

The following is information for those registered to take part in the event for 2019.

Updated: Thursday 28th of March 2019

 Check in

We offer two options for participants to obtain their Walk Card, required for stamping en route.  The Walk Card is stamped at all checkpoints by NUIG MC to track the progress of the participant on the Maamturks Challenge.
There will be 2 lanes on the morning of the event – Express Registration and Morning Registration.
We strongly encourage participants who live in the locality or arriving on Friday evening to avail of Express Registration, to register on the night before the Challenge.

There are two notable changes to the registration process at the event this year:

  1. Participants will need to enter and confirm their details online during the week before the event. This will possible by using Tito, and you will be able to edit your ticket to add the missing details. Note that if you do not add your details online, you will be delayed at registration while we manually collect them. (See how to add your details below)
  2. Walk cards will be issued at pre-registration along with a numbered token. You will need to leave your token at the start of the walk and the start will also act as the first punch on your walk card. This should greatly help with queueing times on the Saturday morning.

Express Registration

Friday 5th April 2019, Joe Keane’s @ 18:30-20:30

  • Pre-registration form details will be checked as entered
  • Walk number assigned
  • Walk card filled out & provided
  • Express token assigned for Express Lane on Saturday morning

Saturday 6th April 2019, base of Corcóg @ 05:00-07:00

  • Deposit Token
  • Get punch for the start
  • Gear will be checked*

Morning Registration

Saturday 6th April 2019, base of Corcóg @ 05:00-07:00

  • Pre-registration form details will be checked as entered
  • Walk number assigned
  • Walk card filled out
  • Gear will be checked*

* Strong boots, waterproof jacket/pants, warm clothing, sufficient food/drink for the day, maps, compass and/or GPS


Adding your Details Online

Instead of manually verifying walker details at the pre-reg, we will be collecting all walker details in the week of the event. This will open from Saturday 30th March and walkers will have until midnight on Thursday 4th April to enter their details. Any details entered after this point will not be included on the registration information as we may need to go offline as we leave for Connemara. We are advising all participants to enter their details as soon as possible. Details required are:

  • Name
  • Club affiliation (if any)
  • Age
  • Phone Number
  • Sex
  • Next of Kin Name (someone that will NOT on the mountain with you)
  • Next of Kin contact number
  • Primary colour of your outer clothing
  • Name(s) of people in your group (if any)
  • Car registration number and local accommodation (if applicable)

To change your details, you will be able to use the links provided at the bottom of the emails you receive from Tito on behalf of the club. You should see a box similar to: 

Ticket link in email

Clicking on “View Ticket” Above will bring you to the ticket page:

Ticket Screen

Here if you click the button “Change” in the top right, this will bring you to the editing screen:

Fill in details by editing the ticket

Here you can enter your details. Be sure to hit ‘Save’ before leaving. That will complete the entering of your details.

If for some reason you cannot find any email from us at the Maamturks Challenge, please:

  1. Check your promotions / clutter / non-focused inbox in case the emails are there.
  2. You can do a lookup with Tito for any tickets under your email address: https://lookup.tito.io/
  3. Send us an email to maamturks@nuigmc.com and we can check it for you.

If you do not enter your details online, you will be delayed at pre-reg or on the morning of the event.

If you have any issue using this system, please just email maamturks@nuigmc.com as soon as possible. Please do not wait until it is too late.


Transport 

An 80 seater bus will run from Leenane Hotel to the base of Corcóg on the Saturday morning, boarding at 04:00, departing at 04:20. Please have all your gear in order to prevent delays.

Ticket are on sale on the Tito page: https://ti.to/nuigmc/Maamturks-Challenge

This bus will start boarding from 4am and the departure will be scheduled for 4.20am from Leenane. Note that the bus will not depart from outside the hotel as per last year, but will depart from the car park on the right just as your arrive in Leenane from Maam to allow the bus to turn around. This is directly across the road from the Sheep and Wool Centre and is approximately 10 minutes walk from Leenane Hotel.

Click here for a location link on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/S8nTJPk1oh12

There will be a shuttle bus back to the start from Leenane in the evening from 14:00 – departing from Hotel car park throughout the afternoon. The last run for the bus will be around 7pm. There is no charge for this bus.


Drivers

Roadside parking will be also be available at the starting point. Please park vehicles on the Lackavrea side of the road, soft gravel, opposite side to Corcóg. Our volunteers will direct you with parking in the morning. There will be a shuttle bus back to the start from Leenane in the evening from 14:00 – departing from Hotel car park throughout the afternoon. The last run for the bus will be around 7pm. There is no charge for this bus.


Commemoration

2019 marks the 20th Anniversary of the passing of Michael Crosbie, a volunteer from the Galway Radio Club who tragically passed away at the Maamturks Challenge in 1999. Michael was on the Leenane Hill checkpoint, who in appalling conditions remained on station until all walkers had been accounted for. On the descent that night he was fatally injured when he took a fall. He gave the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the safety of the walkers.

Today all checkpoints must descend before darkness and the walk starts earlier in the day, but we still remember Michael and his commitment the participants of the Maamturks Challenge.

We would like to ask all participants to remember Michael this year. Following the completion of the walk, we will have a gathering of volunteers and participants at the plaque dedicated to Michael in Leenane to observe a minute of silence. All will be welcome to attend.

There is some further information about the history of the walk available here: Maamturks Challenge History or you may be interested in watching the documentary produced about the event in 2015 for the 40th Anniversary of the event: Maamturks Challenge Documentary


T-Shirts

Anyone who ordered a t-shirt will be able to collect it at the Pre-reg on Friday evening or else in Leenane on Saturday. There may be a limited number of surplus t-shirts that will be available for sale for €10 in Leenane on Saturday.


Payment

The cost of participating in the Maamturks Challenge is €30.  This includes some warm refreshments at Finish 3 in Leenane at the end of the walk.


Walk rules 

Please carefully note the walk rules below, they are required for both the safety of participants and volunteers. Breaking rules may result in disqualification from the walk.

Walk Rules

Requirements

The 2019 Maamturks Challenge will take place on Saturday 6th April.

Check-in will be open from 05:00-07:00 (NB: Moved back from 6am start last year), or on the evening before the walk between 18:30 – 20:30 in Keane’s Bar at Maam.

Walkers will be required to check in at all of the checkpoints along the route and have their Walk Cards punched. The cut-off points at Loch Mhám Ochóige and the Col of Despondency will be implemented at 14:00 and 17:00 respectively. Unfortunately participants who fail to make these cut-offs will be requested to make their way to the nearest designated exit point.

In the interest of safety, we require that all walkers should be properly equipped for a tough day’s hike with strong boots, waterproof jacket and pants, warm clothing, and sufficient food and drink for the day. All participants, irrespective of whether they are a part of a group are required to have their own map(s) and compass and be proficient in navigation. GPS is not to be considered a substitute. More details on this can be found on in our FAQ section.

If you cannot sufficiently navigate or have the correct gear for all possible mountain conditions, you should NOT be taking part in this walk, regardless of whether you are in a group with someone who can navigate. Bad visibility is possible year-round on Irish mountains and you should be happy that you could have to spend a long day on the hills in bad weather conditions with limited visibility. You should be comfortable to navigate in whiteout/whitewash conditions such as this:

Additional infromation 

Accommodation FAQs