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We are delighted to give you the opportunity to join us as we climb Northern Ireland’s highest peak, Slieve Donard on Saturday 17th August 2019 to help raise funds for our local Hospice in association with our main sponsor, CRASH Services.

Please read the information below carefully to ensure you are fully prepared for the challenge.

This is a managed event delivered and supported by the Life team of professional mountain leaders on behalf of Southern Area Hospice Services.

The following is to provide you with all the information you require to enable you to prepare appropriately for what is an exciting albeit challenging event.

Where anyone has any concerns regarding any aspect of their participation, we would ask that you contact your event organisers at Southern Area Hospice Services for advice in the first instance who will as necessary refer any queries to the Life team:

Anne Mac Oscar /Bernie Byrne
T: 028 30251333
E: macoscara@southernareahospiceservices.org / byrneb@southernareahospiceservices.org

Please note that as of 1st April 2019;

• Equipment pre-requisites must be met to participate – see detail
• Family and Friends must be registered if they wish to participate – see detail
• Dogs must be registered assistance or guide dogs to participate – see detail

Challenge:

Your challenge involves climbing Northern Ireland’s highest mountain, Slieve Donard.

Location: Slieve Donard, Mourne Mountains, County Down
Height: 850m
Distance: 8km
Duration: 6hrs (Please note that this is approximate and may take longer)
Registration: 8.30am-9.15am
Walk begins: 9.30am sharp

Car parking will be available in the Donard Car Park (route start).

Toilet facilities are available at the Donard Car Park (circa. 0.5 km from route start).

Café facilities are available at the entrance to the Donard Car Park (circa. 0.5 km from route start).

Refreshments will be served to all participants at Hugh McCanns upon completing the walk. These are very kindly sponsored by CRASH Services, our main sponsor for the event.

Fundraising:
• Places on this challenge can be secured for a non-refundable deposit of £10.
• Thereafter each participant is asked to fundraise at least a further £40 for Southern Area Hospice Services.
• The first 100 participants will receive a free t-shirt courtesy of CRASH Services.
• With a fundraising target of £2,6 million in 2019 every penny counts so the more you can fundraise to help Southern Area Hospice to continue our work providing care and support to local people in the local community the better.
• Once you have registered we will post you sponsor cards and a fundraising pack to help you fundraise.
• You could organise an event to help you raise funds – coffee mornings, table quizzes, raffles, bag packs are all great fundraisers and easy to organise.
• We would also recommend that you set up a Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com – all donations receive on Just Giving come directly to the Hospice.
• Sponsorship money can be handed in on the day at registration or in advance at Southern Area Hospice reception, Courtenay Hill, Newry, BT34 2EA.

Preparation:
Your safety is of the utmost importance to us and as such this event is supported by the Life team of professionally qualified mountain leaders. To help us to care for you please take note of the following two key areas of preparation that must be completed in advance of Check-in on the day of the challenge.

Note: Walkers must be over 11 years old and where under 18 years they MUST be accompanied by an experienced adult walker.

Fitness:
As a challenging event it’s important that you’re prepared physically and as such we encourage you to undertake regular weekly exercise in preparation.

Walking the distance involved in the challenge MUST be undertaken in full prior to the event itself but only after careful progression, i.e. Week 1, 3 two mile walks, Week 2, 3 three mile walks, Week 3, 3 four mile walks, Week 5, 3 five mile walks etc.

It is also important that you include hills within your training with a least 50% of each of your training walks MUST take place on gradients. As with the mileage covered, the gradient undertaken should increase in the approach to the event.

It is worthwhile developing a training plan to suit yourself, taking into consideration your starting fitness, the lead time until the event and your local training ground. Whatever you do don’t make it too complicated, it’s always better developing something which fits in with work, family etc and that you can adhere to.

It’s always helpful to partner with someone while training especially someone else that may be undertaking the event. Even if you don’t know someone else that’s undertaking the event get a friend to join in.

If you are in any doubt about your health or fitness we request that you MUST contact your GP in the first instance for advice. Subsequently you can also contact your chosen for advice in the second instance who will as necessary refer any queries to the Life team. A reasonable level of fitness MUST be attained and checks will be in place on the day of the event by the Life team who will apply cut off times and in extreme cases reserve the right to disallow participants to continue.

Equipment:
As a challenge event some items of kit are essential and as such we encourage you to prepare well in advance to ensure your safety and comfort on the day.

Essential:
Boots: Sturdy walking boots with a good sole - Trainers are NOT ACCEPTABLE. Ensure the boots are walked in and suitable socks are used to avoid blisters.
Clothing: Base and mid layers providing full body cover – Jeans are NOT ACCEPTABLE. Ensure suitable layers for poor conditions as conditions do change with height.
Waterproofs: Jacket and trousers. Ensure suitable cover for poor conditions as conditions do change with height.
Extremities: Woolly hat, gloves and scarf /Sun hat, glasses and sun cream. Ensure suitable items for poor conditions as conditions do change with height.
Rucksack: Big enough to carry excess clothing, food, fluid.
Food: Packed lunch with enough food / snacks to keep you going for the duration.
Fluid: Flask and / or bottle of water to keep you going for the duration.
Phone: Everyone should have access to a mobile phone.

Note: You MUST provide us with the mobile telephone number you will have access to on the day via your registration form.

Optional:
Walking Poles: For support, especially in descent
Spare Rations: Chocolate and nuts are good sources of energy
Compass: Basic with knowledge of use
Torch:With spare batteries
Bivvy Bag: Emergency shelter
Whistle: Emergency whistle
First Aid kit: Basic first aid accessories
Map: OS Map of the area – Mournes 1:25,000
Spare Clothing: Spare fleece jacket

If you are in any doubt about your equipment please contact Southern Area Hospice on 028 30251333 or email macoscara@southernareahospiceservices.org.
Those items listed as essential MUST be carried and a check will be completed on the day of the event by the Life team who will check your kit and in extreme cases reserve the right to disallow participants.

**Please note that only registered Family and Friends are permitted on the walk** If you wish to bring Family or Friends, they must be registered as per the normal registration process to participate in the event – unfortunately we are unable to permit access otherwise.

**Please note that ONLY registered Guide and Assistance dogs are permitted on the walk ** If you wish to bring a registered Guide or Assistance Dog, we require you to notify us in advance with registration details – this is a pre-requisite of the landowner.

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