Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race




We regret to announce that after reviewing the course a decision was made to CANCEL SCAR Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race for next Saturday 21st Oct.
We regret any inconvenience to participants, service providers, volunteers and our charity partners.
Full details of the email which has gone to every participant is below. SAFETY FIRST
The SCAR Team

SCAR ’17 Race Cancellation Notice

Dear SCAR’17 Participant,

It is with very heavy hearts we write to inform you of the decision made at 3pm this afternoon to cancel SCAR’17.

We are sure this will come as a great disappointment to the 539 of you who registered as together you had committed just over €30,000 to this year’s charities.

The recent storm Ophelia has done devastating damage to the forests in West Cork. Lough Hyne Hill which is the common run for Sport and Expert is absolutely decimated with trees fallen or half fallen, and the area will be a no-go area for months to come. Likewise, the forests in Castle Townshend and Rineen have suffered hugely and the area is in no way safe to allow people through. Furthermore, Liss-Ard Estate has over 50 trees fallen and all routes within the grounds are either impassable or heavily impeded.

Whilst we are sure that the roads will be cleared this week the potential incoming follow up storm on Friday night could uncover weakened trees and further fallings could occur. Therefore, asking people to travel on Friday night and Saturday as well as asking marshals to be on the course during the potential storm on Saturday is in our option a risk that cannot be taken.

Weighing up all these points and holding them against the success that SCAR’17 could have been for the Charites involved we have still come to the decision that the event cannot proceed as scheduled.

We are looking at the options open to us, and we see that we may have the potential to defer the event until the end of November, however as many of our team are still without power, mobile phone reception, and internet access, we cannot confirm if or when the event will be rescheduled for.

In light of this we have decided to contact you all this evening to make the announcement as promptly as possible and we understand you will now have to make arrangements around the news.

We have also contacted SPORTIdent, our registration partners, regarding your registration monies and three options will be available to you from 12pm noon tomorrow;

Option 1:
Cancel your entry and receive a refund of the entry fee.

Option 2:
Await information on a possible deferred date and then choose whether to transfer your entry free of charge or cancel and receive a refund. This date will be confirmed before the end of October 2017.

Option 3:
Do nothing and your registration fee will be donated in full to the charity.

By going to the link below you will be able to select your chosen option.

We really are sorry to all participants and support crew who are inconvenienced by this decision but please respect the fact that it was made with SAFETY as the primary factor.

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Yours Sincerely

The SCAR Team

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Dear Participant,
Your Race Weekend Info Pack has gone out via email. In case you did not receive, below is the full (long we know!) details.
See you next weekend.

SCAR ’17 Race Weekend Information

Well, it’s finally here! SCAR ’17 Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race is only days away.

Firstly, thank you all for taking part. With over 500 participants and over €25,000 raised for charity, we are delighted to welcome you all to West Cork.
Hopefully you have completed your training by now and are ready to take on the course you have selected. Have a great race!

Secondly, we would like to thank Kinetica Sports Ltd, for coming on board as our title sponsor for 2107. Without their generous support and that of all our sponsors, service providers, and volunteers we would not be in the unique position of being the largest Adventure Race in Ireland where 100% of all your race entry fees are donated to charity.

This year’s main beneficiary is Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House charity provides accommodation and a caring and supportive environment for families whose children are seriously ill and are hospitalised or undergoing medical treatment at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin 12. The positive affect this donation will make, along with the several other charities throughout Ireland who will receive donations from the monies you raised, is the reason we run SCAR each year.

We hope you enjoy the weekend and get the feel-good factor you deserve for being part of this unique experience.
Below is all the information you require to ensure a safe and happy event. Please take the time to read it fully. It’s in your interest.
For our regulars please note the new registration venue in the centre of Skibbereen town.

Race Pack Collection:

Your race pack, which will include your race number, bike sticker, route map, and timing chip, will be available for collection from the new venue, the Eldon Hotel, Skibbereen, from 5pm to 10:00pm on Friday 20th Oct. Plenty of parking available in the ‘Old Mart’ carpark opposite the hotel. There will be a further limited opportunity to register from 8am to 9am Saturday 21st at the entrance to Liss Ard Estate.
Anyone who has ordered a Race T-Shirt can collect these along with your Race Pack.

The Eldon Hotel will be providing food up to 9pm on the evening of Friday 20th and will host the after-race party and prize giving at 8pm on Saturday.

Route Map: Please study your route map. While the route will be marked and marshaled, you are responsible for following the correct route and registering at any checkpoints on your course.

Race Number: Your race number must be worn on the front of your race jersey. If you do not wear your race number you will be deemed not to be an official participant.

Bike Sticker: You must place the bike sticker on your bike close to the headstock/handlebars so it is easy to see. You cannot remove your bike from the bike paddock at the end of the race unless your bike sticker and race number match. If you lose either, you will be forced to wait until all bikes are retrieved before we will release your bike. This is for equipment security reasons.

Timing Chip: Each participant will receive a timing chip, which must be worn on your wrist, as you will need to “dib” the timing chip against a control box at each checkpoint. Please note that you must return your chip at the finish line, even if you do not start, or if you pull out of the race. You will be charged a penalty fee of €35 for non-returned chips. If you collect packs on behalf of others you will be responsible for any penalty for non-returned chips.
We will automatically be charged by the timing company for non-returned chips and we have to pass this charge on.

Bike Drop Arrangements:

Sport Course: Liss Ard Race Start: Wave 1 @ 10:30 am , Wave 2 @ 10:45 am, Wave 3 @ 11:00 am

Participants will drop their bike to the Bike Transition area at the front gates to Liss Ard between 8:00 am and 10:00 am on Saturday morning only. There is no facility to overnight bikes at Liss Ard.
From here you will make your way up to Liss Ard House for the start. This is a 1km walk so allow enough time to be there for the 10:15am briefing.
No cars are allowed in the vicinity of Liss Ard. Park only in the designated areas and cycle to the bike drop.


Taster Course: Liss Ard Race Start: 11:30 am

Participants will drop their bike to the Bike Transition area at the front gates to Liss Ard between 8:00 am and 10:00 am on Saturday morning only. There is no facility to over-night bikes at Liss Ard.
From here you will make your way up to Liss Ard House for the start. This is a 1km walk so allow enough time to be there for the 11:15am briefing.
No cars are allowed in the vicinity of Liss Ard. Park only in the designated areas and cycle to the bike drop.

Please note; Taster people coming up to the start will be going against the Sport Racers so please stay to the designated pathways within the Liss Ard grounds.
Bike Transition closes at 10 am sharply. If you do not have your bike in transition by 10 am you cannot take part in the event.


Expert Course: Castletownshend Race Start 8:15 am

Participants will drop their bike to the Bike Transition area at The Pier, Castletownshend between 5pm and 10:30pm on Friday evening only.
You must collect your Race Pack at the hotel before dropping your bike as you will need your bike sticker to enter the compound. You will have a bike check upon entering the compound. The bike drop is 10km from the Eldon Hotel and will be sign posted for Castletownshend.
The Race Team will secure your bike here overnight. You will transfer by bus out to the same place on Saturday morning to start the race.
You will have time to bring food drinks etc to your bike on Saturday morning, as the race will start next to the bike transition area.
No cars are allowed in the vicinity of the start on Saturday. There is no parking in Castletownshend on Saturday morning.

Buses will leave the Eldon Hotel at 7:30am sharp on Saturday morning for an 8:15 am race start.(These are for the Expert course only)

Bag-Drop Arrangements:

A bag-drop facility will be available in Liss Ard at the Start/Finish line should you wish to bring a change of clothes for after the race.
Expert Course participants will have a bag drop in Castletownshend at the start line and bags will be transferred to Liss Ard for the finish during the race. Please do not leave valuables in your bag. Refreshments at finish line are free of charge so you will not need money.


The Expert will have a remote all-in start at 8:30 am in Castletownshend (you need to be on the bus by 7:30am at Eldon Hotel, Skibbereen) .
The Sport will have three waves starting at 15 minute intervals from 10:30am.
The Taster will start at 11:30 am.

All Sport competitors must be at the start line by 10:15am for race briefing.
All Taster competitors must be at the start line by 11:15am for race briefing.

Mandatory Kit

Expert & Sport Mandatory Kit List:
It is vital that all Sport and Expert Participants bring the following mandatory kit list with them to the start:
• Basic First Aid Kit
• Map of the route (included in your race pack)
• Survival blanket and whistle
• Cycle helmet, spare tube, pump
• Race Number
• Hat, gloves and waterproof jacket (if weather dictates)
• Suitable footwear (Cleat Style Bike Pedals are not recommended for this course)

All mandatory kit will be checked before the race

• Appropriate food and drink. There will be limited water re-fill points on the course as marked on the route map.

Taster Mandatory Kit List:
• Cycle helmet, spare tube, pump
• Hat, gloves and waterproof jacket (if weather dictates)
• Suitable footwear
• Race Number
• Appropriate food and drink

You will not be allowed to mount your bike unless you are wearing a helmet


Please find your own parking in designated parking areas in the town.
Limited parking will be available in the Hideaway Caravan Park, which is 500m before Liss Ard Estate on the left-hand side.
Please obey marshals at the parking area. You can walk/bike from here to the bike transition quite easily.
Caravan Park Car Park will close at 4pm. Any cars left will be locked in over night so be out by 4pm.


There will be one toilet at the bike transition in Liss Ard
There will be two toilets at the start line in Castletownshend
There will be several toilets at the start/finish in Liss Ard
There will be one toilet at the transition in Lough Hyne

Running Sections

The running sections are generally good quality roads, paths, or trails, but a lot of the trails are very wet and soft so expect muddy ankles!

Generally, participants are asked to keep to the right-hand side of the track, except in the sport kayak transition section where you will be instructed to keep left.

Expert and Sport have a compulsory check-point at the top of the second run section (Lough Hyne Hill). This is 100 meters off the track and all participants will need to check in here to prove they made the top of the hill. This is a two-way section so runners should stay to the right.

Note: There is a 1.5Km decent at the end of the second run section (Lough Hyne Hill) which comes down along a series of stone steps sections. These can be very slippery in wet conditions. Participants need to take care and obey any marshal instructions. The exit from the Lough Hyne Hill run will have another checkpoint. From here Sport must go right to their Kayak leg and Expert must go left back to transition to collect bike.

Expert and Sport will have a CUTOFF TIME for the second run, whereby, if you have not started your run up Lough Hyne Hill by 1:30pm you will have to skip this section and move to the next section, or you can choose to continue the event un-marshaled, getting to the finish under your own navigation. Marshals will leave this section at 2:30pm.

Biking Sections

The race takes place on open roads. Markings and marshals are there to help you and to manage traffic safety, but you must take responsibility for your own safety and must obey the rules of the road at all times.

Road surfaces are typically tarmac covered country/back roads and generally will be normal to poor surface, sometimes VERY poor (It’s an Adventure Race not a Tri!). Any markings stating that there is bad surface ahead can be taken literally. Note any descents marked as dangerous must be cycled in single file with no overtaking allowed.

Please rack your bike as tightly as possible and attach your helmet to your bike whilst it is in transition. Bikes will be moved by marshals if not racked properly.

You will be instructed to mount and dismount at certain points and you must obey these instructions. Anyone failing to do so may be disqualified and/or asked to abandon the race by the Race Director.

Note: Sport & Expert participants have a 300 metre run with your bike from dismount line to bike rack and again back to mounting line beyond the kayak section. No remounting allowed in this zone.

Coomb Hill, known locally as “The Wall”, is a narrow steep climb where many will need to dismount. As instructed by marshals, please walk on left and pass on right only.

You will not be allowed to mount your bike unless you are wearing a helmet. For safety reasons Aero/Tri Handlebars are not permitted.

Puncture resistant tyres are strongly recommended for the Sport and Expert courses.

Kayak Sections

Participants in Expert and Sport will be required to kayak a 1 km course, on event-organizer-provided sit-on-top kayaks.
Participants will be provided with a buoyancy aid, which is compulsory to wear at all times on the water.

If you arrive to the kayak area and a kayak is available you must take the next one up. In a case where no kayak is available you will be asked by the Timing Marshal to time out while you await a free kayak. Time outs can only be taken if directed by the Timing Marshal.

Kayak courses may be shortened if deemed necessary by the Race Director before or during the event.
A full safety team will be on the water and you must accept any instructions given to you by this team without dispute.

Post Race Event

Participants are invited to stay around at the finish line once you have returned your timing chip when you finish.

Refreshments,post race massage and the famous “hot tub” will be available free of charge.

(Note: Showers are not available on the grounds and participants are asked not to go into Liss Ard House as they will have guests staying for the weekend and we ask you to respect their privacy.)
Russagh Mills Adventure Centre (+353 28 22451) which is 50m from Liss Ard front gate has shower facilities at a small charge.

After Party and Prize-giving

We will host an after-party and prize-giving, plus charity cheque presentation in the Eldon Hotel from 8pm onwards on Saturday, which will then be followed by live music. All are welcome.

Hope to see you and your family and friends there afterwards.


Participants undertake SCAR’17 Skibbereen Adventure Race at their own risk. The event is covered by public liability insurance but should you require personal insurance you should make your own arrangements.
Please familiarise yourself with the route maps.
Please observe warning signs and any race marshal’s advice.
You are privileged to be allowed to race in several of these iconic facilities normally reserved for casual recreation, so please respect the environment.
Anyone found littering in any section of the course will be immediately disqualified. Feel free to report others littering to our marshals.

Remember every one of the 100+ marshals you meet during the race is giving their time freely to volunteer to make your race better.
Respect them and give them a small thank you as you pass them.
Without them you wouldn’t be racing!

Thanks for all your support. Enjoy.


The Course Maps handed out by Event Organiser’s at Race Pack Collection supersede any other courses published by the organiser’s at previous events or in the press or on social media.

Courses are subject to change without notice where deemed necessary by the Race Director

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Great news.
We have SOLD OUT our 500 places.
So far you have raised €27,750 in entry fees for charity.
We are really keen to get this to €30,000 so we are adding 35 extra spots and will leave registration open until they fill.
Please sign up and be part of a great day out and all for the right reasons….
Thanks the SCAR Team.

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Big thank you to Jack O Halloran who will also be available for massage at the SCAR finish line. 👍 ...

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