Faq’s / Local Info

Race Starts in…

Saturday 26th September’15


Can I transfer my entry to later event / next year

To allow for Injury during training you can transfer your entry to next year’s event up to 3 weeks before start of race. After this date it will be too late.

Can I run for my own Charity

Yes of course, this would be an arrangement between yourself and your chosen Charity. We would ask that you let us know the Charity and amount raised.

What you get for your money

  • Event T Shirt
  • Special Race Medal each race day
  • Timing Chip
  • Race Support
  • Goody’s & Hot food at Finish.

Entry / number transfer

Can I let someone else participate on my Number? – No you cannot

H & S for runners

Use of Music / ear phones are banned. As there will be local traffic, race vehicles and Ambulances it is imperative that runners/walkers adhere to this rule. Failure to do so will result in your disqualification.


Course Start / Finish locations

Race Race Start Bike trans. 1 Finish Start Time
61k Extreme Ballyliffin Pollan Strand Ballyliffin 8:00:00
44k Sprint Ballyliffin Pollan Strand Ballyliffin 9:00:00
22K Mini Adventure Ballyliffin Pollan Strand Ballyliffin 10:00:00

Race morning arrival; – Arrive at Start at least 1:15;00 before your race start time to collect your race pack and then leave your bike at the Lake Transition which is only 3 mile away then return to start.
Cut-off time – Cut off times is 3.00pm

Course signage

  • Participants will be provided with a map with final instruction.
  • Clear directional signage on route.
  • Mile markers for duration of Run 1
  • Flag markers at junctions and mountain
  • Marshals at all major junctions.

Course surface

The course is a mix of tarred road, hill track climbs, paths and beaches

Post Race

Event updates / Final Instruction

We will constantly update the website with any race change details as they occur.
The Final Race Instruction will be issue by e mail to all registrants on the 10th April ’15. This e mail will confirm;

  • Race start schedule
  • Water / bike transition stations info
  • Finish line details / changing facilities etc.
  • Details of your chosen race start times.
  • Course Map PDF’s – (Routes are fully marked but you can choose to have maps with you also)
  • Any other issues that are important

Race Pack Collection
Race Pack Collection / Goody bag.
Venue TBD , Ballyliffin

You have 2 choices to collect Race Pack
Friday evening 23th – 7.00pm to 8.30pm – Day before race start
Race Mornings 24th – 7.00am to 10.00am.

At Race Pack collection you will;

  • Collect Race Number
  • Collect your Timing Chip – Same chip does all days.
  • Collect Goody Bag (less Tee Shirt)
  • Have opportunity to discuss routes
  • Confirm or alter your start time / Shuttle Bus / dinner order etc. and pay where applicable.
  • Have opportunity to purchase High 5 products / Extreme North Merchandize

Race day

Water Station/ Food / Bike Transitions

Water Station/ Food / Bike Transitions

The Rugged Peaks Adventure race is a self supporting event so runners are advised to have personal arrangements in place for hydration and nutrition. Transition area’s / Water stations are located as follows;

Race Stage Location Available
End of Run 1 Pollan Strand Transition Water, fruit & bars
End of Kayak stage Lenan Transition Water, fruit & bars
End of Cycle 1 Lenan Transition Water, fruit & bars
End of mountain Climb Lenan Transition Water, fruit & bars
End of Cycle 2 Pollan Strand Water, fruit & bars – Hot food

Food and Drink – Ensure that you have taken sufficient food, fruit, carbohydrates, gels, or whatever does it for you, with you to maintain your energy levels throughout the race.

Bike transition

  • Bike Transition 1 – Bike transition 1 is located Pollan Strand, competitors will be required to leave their bike here before race start
  • Bike Transition 2 – Bike transition 2 is located at Lenan Beach, Urris

*You can choose to drop bike at transition prior to collecting race pack if it is more convenient,

* You can leave backpack or bag at bike transition, please ensure it is secured/ strapped to your bike. Any packs will have to travel with you on the bike. Ensure pack is waterproof.

Cut off times

Cut off times is 3.30pm

Our Medals – are the business

Extreme North lead the way when it comes to medals, so your guaranteed a special memento of your achievement

Race day details


  • High 5 Products available for sale at Race pack collection ( discounted prices)
  • Bike choice;- Road bike (puncture proof tyres) / Hybrid / Mountain Bike.
  • Bikes cannot be changed during race – Only 1 bike allowed
  • Cut off time is 3.30pm.
  • Relay challengers – Ensure you have organised transport to different transition point. Contact us if you need assistance?
  • Where possible relay team members should share Kayak section

Prize categories for 2015

Extreme Course

  • Male – Winner
  • Male – Runner up
  • Male – O/45 winner
  • Female – Winner
  • Female – Runner up
  • Female – O/40 winner

Sprint Course

  • Male – Winner
  • Male – Runner up
  • Male – O/45 winner
  • Female – Winner
  • Female – Runner up
  • Female – O/40 winner

Mini Adventure Race

  • Male – Winner
  • Male – Runner up
  • Female – Winner
  • Female – Runner up

Relay Race

  • Male team – Winner
  • Female team – Winner

All prize categories subject to a minimum of 4 runners competing in that category


Mandatory Kit

The following is your check list of essential items that you will be expected to have on your possession throughout the race. These items will NOT be provided by Extreme North (unless where noted) so you will need to source them yourself.

  • Nutrition – Runners responsible for water, energy drinks, gels or whatever gets you throughout the race. – (Extreme North will provide water top up, fruit & bars at Transition area’s only.)
  • Bike & Cycle gear, including helmet, tool kit, puncture repair etc..
  • Rucksack, water belt or water packs as you consider necessary.
  • *Clothing -Suitable to reflect weather conditions on the day and to cover all eventualities.
  • *Foil survival blanket, whistle and first aid kit (min. of plasters and bandage)
  • Course map – Provided by Extreme North

Participants usually choose to leave Rucksack with food and bulky items with the Bike at transition area. Please remember if you choose to do this the Rucksack must be secured to the Bike when handed over to transition.

We recommend that items marked * should be with you throughout the entire race.

Non Mandatory Kit – but items you may wish to consider

  • Trekking poles
  • Cycle shoes.
  • Kayaks and Life jackets will be provided by Extreme North


Race Rules

  • This Challenge will be staged on open roads. The rules of the road and road curtsey must be observed at all times.
  • The presence of a Marshal does not give you right of way, be prepared to stop and go only when coast is clear or waved through by a Marshall.
  • You must have the “Mandatory Kit” with you at all times
  • Only 1 bike choice is allowed throughout the race so bike left at Bike transition 1 will be your choice and any contestant found to be using a substitute bike will be disqualified.
  • Contenders must make themselves aware of the time check stations. It will be the responsibility of each contenders to ensure that they are time checked at each station otherwise they will be eliminated from the race.
  • Obey all instructions and Marshal guidance.
  • Stay within the allocated course and do not trespass.
  • Each contestant will be responsible for his own personal meal / clothing provisions for execution of the Challenge + post and pre challenge requirements
  • Do not leave any items or food behind at transition areas. Waste bins will be provided in these locations.
  • Respect neighbouring structures, equipment etc.
  • Assist / report any colleague who may be in trouble to the nearest marshal.
  • Do not litter, only use toilets provided,


  • Respect and be courteous to local inhabitants who may have been inconvenienced due to the restrictions this event may have imposed on their day to day activities
  • On registering for the Challenge you waiver any liability on the organisers for injury, damage or loss and agree to be bound by the rules and regulations of the organisers.
  • Contestants will be personally liable for any deliberate damage caused to the course, neighbouring structures, equipment etc.
  • Contestants are advised to have their own personal insurance
  • Contestants on registering agree to the use of personal Photos / Images by the organisers for event promotion purposes as they see fit.
  • The organisers decision to eliminate or impose a time penalty on a contestant, for whatever reason, will be final.
  • Any competitor found to be deliberately flaunting the rules, making a nuisance of themselves or generally causing disruption will be disqualified
  • If for any reasons arising out of weather conditions / H&S concerns etc., the course organisers reserve the right to alter or vary the course as they see fit.
  • Check prize categories for details of prizes. All participants will receive a medal, T shirt and Goody bag or hot meal at end of each individual event.
  • Organiser’s decision will be final on all matters.



Choosing accommodation in the West of the peninsula, Buncrana, Ballyliffin will minimise excessive travel between races

Accommodation advise / assistance; We would be delighted to give you any help or assistance when choosing accommodation so please feel free to contact us.

See also List of accommodation providers on www.visitinishowen.ie


Extreme North events are staged on open roads so local and visiting spectators will have many vantage points along the route to support and check on the progress of racers / colleagues. Friends and family accompanying a runner can also book the Shuttle Bus, Party night and partake in all other activities. We will be happy to advise on vantage points and restricted area’s along the route. When travelling along the route please remember to go slow and give runners R.O.W. wherever possible. Where possible please use alternative routes to access vantage points to minimise disruption to runners.

Things to Do

Inishowen is a beautiful and quiet tourist destination, often referred to as Failte Irelands best kept secret. So check out the many thinks to see and do when you are in the locality by contacting www.visitinishowen.ie

For personal queries please send your enquiry to info@extremenorthevents.com