Planning an escape from Dublin Castle in 2022

Registration for AON 2022 is now closed

Thank you, as ever, for the huge interest in the event! This year, we received almost 600 registrations for the 200 places we have on offer. We will hold the entry lottery over the next couple of days and be in touch with everyone who registered by email.

The Art O'Neill Challenge 2022

Like many events, AON 2021, unfortunately, fell victim to Covid-19. The good news is that we're planning to escape from Dublin Castle again on January 21st, 2022.


AON 2022 will go ahead with the following guidelines:

  •  The event will be open to experienced hillwalkers and ultra-runners.

  • There will be three categories: trek, hybrid, and ultra.

  • Participants must be able to navigate on open hills at night; there will be no guiding option this year.

  • The event will start at midnight from Dublin Castle.

  • Participants must pass within 300 metres of Art's Cross. This will be a mandatory, virtual checkpoint, enforced by GPS tracking.

  • A new finish line will be located at Glenmalure Lodge - adding approximately 6km more fun (or misery) to the pre-Covid route.

Registration will open next week on Thursday, November 11th, for the 200 places to be allocated on a lottery basis: you register (this is free); entries are chosen at random; places are then offered; and those places are confirmed on payment of the €140 entry fee.
AON is organised by, and entirely for the benefit of, Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team (DWMRT) and we thank you for your support.