Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race


SCAR is a Multisport Adventure Race made up of Road Biking, Trail Running, & Sea Kayaking.

SCAR’17 is on Saturday 21st October 2017
SCAR starts in Skibbereen and covers the environs of West Cork.
Yes, you need a Bike & Helmet but you can hire these in the locality if required.
The choice of bike is an individual choice. 100% of the cycle route is on sealed country roads of varying quality. The most suitable bike would be a Road Bike although a Hybrid or Mountain bike with road tyres will also be fine. Puncture resistant tyres are highly recommended (you’re on West Cork Roads) and a puncture repair kit and pump is a must. The course may be more suited to compact gearing for some.

Remember: No Helmet = No Race …… No Exceptions

No. Kayaks, paddles, and buoyancy aids will be provided. Competitors cannot use their own kayaks. You may be required to “Time Out” at the start of the kayak sections but only if instructed by the kayak section director for logistics. For the sport course we will provide both double and single person kayaks, for the expert course it will be only single person kayaks.
Running shoes with good grip or specific trail running shoes would suit best. Those planning to wear bike shoes while biking will need to carry their running shoes with them on the bike. Bike shoes and helmets can be left with the bike during the running sections but they must be secured to the bike.

Note: There is a 250m run from the bike-rack to the mount/dismount zone.

The three courses are designed to cover everyone’s fitness and experience level;

The 76Km Expert will challenge those who are regular adventure or triathlon racers, who are capable of racing for between 4 and 6 hours while transitioning from one discipline to another. Expect mixed surface running and open country road biking (some poor sections) with several tough hill climbs.

The 40Km Sport is laid out to stretch those who like to challenge themselves to push their general fitness a bit more than normal. Expect to race for 2 to 3 hours whilst mixing disciplines. You will be biking and running in wet attire. Don’t be surprised if you have to get off the bike from time to time.

The 17Km Taster does exactly what it says on the tin. You run a pleasant 4 Km trail run around the grounds of Liss-Ard followed by a mostly flat 12Km bike on tarmac covered roads with one moderate climb before finishing with a 1Km run to the finish-line. This course should give you the taste for the 40Km course for next year!

Note: There will be cut off times at the end of the Lough Hyne Hill run section. These will be noted in the pre-race briefing.

Yes it is a competitive race with prizes for top three places in various categories. For the rest of us it’s a personal challenge.

The Expert & Sport courses will have MSAI National Series Points associated as determined by MSAI.

Yes, your race time and your progress through each stage is timed using a ‘dibber’ which is attached to your wrist. You will return this at the finish line to get a print out of your time and splits.
Yes, the race has combined public liability insurance once you have signed in at registration and are wearing the officially supplied race number whilst taking part. However please note each competitor takes part at their own risk and must sign a waiver acknowledging same.
See our registration page here
Expert and Sport Courses are €65 and the Taster is €35 (Early Bird discounted entry available until July 31st)
Yes, we are Ireland’s only Adventure Race where 100% of race entry fees will go to charity, guaranteed.

Running costs are met via sponsorship.

When entering the event it is part of the terms and conditions that entry fee is non refundable.
When entering the event it is part of the terms and conditions that your place is a non transferable.
No, we do not have a team/relay race, but all courses finish at the same place so why not pick a course that would suit all of your party or pick different courses and meet at the finish. Last one home washes the bikes!
No, for insurance purposes, you must be over 18 years of age to take part.
No. Safety officers and marshals are volunteering their time. You need to listen and adhere to what they say.
No the courses will be marshaled and signed.

Note: Expert Course covers 76Km so only dangerous junctions will be marshaled, however the course will be heavily signed. Due care and attention must be taken at all times since the event is on open roads.

The exact locations of water filling stations will be highlighted on the map given to you at event registration but generally they will be at transition points. You will be required to bring your own water container with you during the race.
It is vital that all competitors bring the following mandatory kit list with them from the start.

  •         Basic First Aid Kit (Min: 1 x Dressing Pad (field dressing), Bandage, Plasters.
  •         Survival blanket and whistle.
  •         Appropriate food and drink. There will be limited water re-filling points on the course.
  •         Bike Helmet, bike repair kit, spare tube, pump.
  •         Hat, gloves and waterproof jacket.
  •         Suitable footwear.
  •         Backpack or bum bag.

All kit will be checked at Friday night registration

Race pack collection (for everyone), and bike drop (for expert course only) will take place on Friday 20th October in Skibbereen.

Limited registration available on Saturday morning by request (not available to Expert course)

Sport and Taster courses will rack their bikes on Saturday morning in Liss-Ard Estate near the Start/Finish Line up to 9:30am

Those taking part in the Expert Course will have to take their bike to Castletownshend village (8km from Liss-Ard) on Friday night after registration where they will rack them in a secure compound overnight. You can leave your helmet, bike shoes, food, etc on the bike overnight once they are secured to the bike. You will also be able to briefly check the bike before the start on Saturday morning.


Sport and Taster courses will walk from the parking area to the start/finish line in Liss-Ard (1Km walk).

Expert course will be bused from the parking area to Castletownshend remote start line at 7:30am.

There is a common finish line for all courses on the lawn of Liss-Ard Estate with results and refreshments available at the finish. This is an ideal place for your friends and family to see you finish and soak up the atmosphere.

From here you can collect your bike and walk the 1Km back to the car-park.
(A good way to loosen up!)

Yes. Full details to be confirmed at registration but we will have a party and prize giving in Skibbereen with entertainment on Saturday evening.
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