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The event is based on the Dingle Peninsula.
The start is from the village of Annascaul. Buses leave to the start of the event at 7am sharp from the South Pole Inn.
The event covers 20 miles over open hillside, pathway and bog.
Registration is not allowed on the day but CheckIn is required either on Friday 22nd June from 6pm onwards and on Saturday morning up to 6:45 am. You will be issued with your Start number at CheckIn. CheckIn will take place upstairs in the South Pole Inn, Annascual.
This is a self-guided event. As a participant, you are entirely responsible for your own navigation and it is required that you, or a member of your party, have the equipment and ability, to navigate in poor visibility which is quite common at this time of year.
Please note that you are required to be marked off at all three waypoints in order to be awarded a completion medallion.
Food and Clothes
Please ensure that you bring food and drinks to support yourself on this 20 mile walk and in the event of an emergency.
As it is possible to get four seasons in one day on the Dingle Peninsula please ensure that you bring adequate clothing to cover all eventualities. Avoid wearing denim as it dries very slowly and has a high wind chill factor..
As the terrain is rough you are required to wear walking boots with ankle supports. You should also bring your own First Aid Kit and a whistle.
To not restrict traffic through the village, parking restrictions will apply in the village. Parking places are available in the Annascaul GAA Pitch which is pictured below. Allow 10-15 minutes to walk to the South Pole Inn from here.
Please respect private parking in the village.
Transport to the starting point will leave South Pole Inn Annascaul at 7.00 am sharp. Note that even if you are not taking the bus transport you still need to complete CheckIn.
Cut off time
Stewards to be observed at all times. Annascaul Walking club reserve right to refuse admission. In order to maintain support for walkers, cut off times will be strictly applied and walkers will be offered transport to the finish.
|South Pole Inn Garden||18:30|
A barbeque will be available at Hanafin’s Bar in the main street, from 4pm onwards for all participants. Please show your Start number.
HONOURING TOM CREAN IN ANNSCAUL 22nd 23rd June 2018
The weekend will be launched on Friday evening with a wreath laying ceremony in the Tom Crean garden by members of the Crean family and in the company of famous current day explorers. This is currently planned for 8:30 pm on Friday.
On Saturday the Tom Crean Endurance Walk takes place, organized by the Annascaul Walks, it is a truly fitting event to honour Annascaul’s great Antarctic explorer Tom Crean.
The walk designed with the experienced walker in mind offers a great challenge to the participants over the 30 kilometers route with an elevation of 1900 metres incorporating Mount Brandon, An Géaran Mór, Ballysitteragh, An Cnapán Mór, Cnoc Mhaoilionáin and finishing with a steep descent to Com Dubh and on to the South Pole Inn in Annascaul village.
Again, this year there are some very special guests on the walk giving the opportunity to the participants to walk with the world’s best female explorers.
Clare O Leary a mountain climber and adventurer. She was the first Irish woman to climb Mount Everest and complete the seven highest summits on seven continents. As part of the Beyond Endurance expedition she became the first woman to successfully ski to the South pole and cross the frozen lake Baikal.
Jan Meek is an Arctic explorer and Europe’s only triple Guinness World Record holder. Rowing across the Atlantic with her son in 101 days she has also successfully walked and skied 560km from Resolute to the North Pole. When Jan read in Scott’s diaries that Tom Crean hero of Scott and Shackleton expeditions wept when Scott asked him to return to base – completing the 200-mile journey to the pole became her goal. She and five women ‘Polar Maidens’ will undertake that journey in December 2018.
Aileen Crean O Brien granddaughter of Tom Crean. An unfortunate accident prevented her from completing the Centenary South Georgia Traverse in 2016 but in true Crean spirit she has worked hard and will take part in the Endurance walk.
While the walk is self-guided, club members will be on hand throughout the day to provide support, man escape routes and check in stations and give much needed water and food. Every effort is being made to make the day as safe and enjoyable as possible.
On completing the walk Enda O Brien grandson of Tom Crean will present a medallion to each walker and club photographer William Glasgow Howe will capture the special moment. The day finishes with a celebratory BBQ at Hanafins bar where events of the day can be discussed with old and new friends and plans for the 2019 walk put in place.
On Saturday evening Aileen Crean O Brien and Bill Shephard authors of ‘Honouring Tom Crean A Centenary Expedition’ will give a talk in the Jerome Connor Gallery.
Annascaul Walks have invited the pupils of the local primary school Scoil Bhreac Chluain to take part in a ‘Junior Endurance Walk’. They too will each receive their special medallion to mark their achievement and get the opportunity to meet some of the world’s best explorers.
A super weekend guaranteed in Annascaul.