Planning an escape from Dublin Castle in January 2021

AON 2021 - covid-19 update

We're happy to announce that, after much consideration, we are planning to hold the Art O'Neill Challenge (AON) 2021. Provisional dates are January 8th and 15th, with a confirmed date to follow. The event will be run in strict compliance with government Covid-19 public health guidelines. The event can only proceed under level 1 or level 2 conditions, and will be postponed or cancelled if the restriction level is 3 or greater.

We plan to make the event as enjoyable as ever, but there are some changes we have to make to this year to comply with public health guidelines. AON 2021 will be open to ultra runners only. There will be no mass start and no facility to gather at Dublin Castle before the start. Instead, participants will be allocated a start time, with runners starting at intervals over a number of hours. There will be an additional restriction on the number of places available in the event. Depending on the event staffing requirements, there will be 160 to 180 places available in AON 2021.

Registration will open within the next two weeks, and will operate on a lottery basis, as usual. Payment of the entry fee will be required to confirm a place in the event. The entry fee for AON 2021 will once again be €140, made up of a €50 non-refundable deposit, and €90 event fee. Should AON 2021 be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions or severe weather, participants will be refunded the €90 event fee and will receive the event goody bag by post.

AON 2021 is organised by, and entirely for the benefit of, Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team (DWMRT). It has been a difficult year for the team, with an increase in the number of incidents, and the cancellation of our other major fundraising events. We thank you for supporting DWMRT, and for your understanding, until we can return AON to its usual format.

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