Meet the brothers, Ben and Alex Towill, who are fuelling IGO’s participants Ben co-founded Silkstone Hospitality Group in 2008 and created renowned New York City eateries, The Fat Radish, Ruschmeyers, The Leadbelly and The East Pole. Prior to that, he worked for Rick Stein, Gordon Ramsay and Raymond Blanc. He co-authored “The Fat Radish Food […]
Dubbed a ‘savage beauty’ by Oscar Wilde, Connemara National Park is not for the faint-hearted. Take a break from average life in this sprawling landscape which has mountains, bogs, heathlands and lakes. Recharge around the campfire sampling local fare at night.
DISCIPLINES: Hike/Run, Bike
TOTAL DISTANCE: 56km
ELEVATION GAIN: 650m
Bodran Making & More
Dates / Price
28 – 30 June 2019
Arrive and transfers to camp
Registration, briefing and lunch
Campfire chilli and bed
Breakfast in camp
The IGO Ireland Challenge: hike/run & bike
Evening celebrations in camp
Breakfast in camp
Transfers to local train station & airport
Experiences in Camp
Afternoon – sea kayak exploration of Killary Fjord
Evening- bushcraft & survival skills workshop
Outdoor mindful yoga
NB: Some activities will be run on a first come, first served basis
Local acoustic music
Wild outdoor cooking
The IGO Feast
Connemara National Park
- Return transfers from Knock Airport or Galway train station
- 2 nights accommodation in bell tents (based on 4 sharing) including memory foam mattresses
- Full board. Locally sourced, organic food from Friday lunchtime to Sunday breakfast inclusive
- Wilderness skills and bushcraft workshop
- Event-specific training plan
- Fully signposted & supported route
- Medical and physio support
- Timing tracker (Competitors)
- Walking guide & sweeper as back stop
- Activities in camp
- Tour bikes for the Challenge (participants are welcome to bring their own
- Traditional music & entertainment
- Celebratory beer at the finish line on Saturday
- Technical t-shirt and welcome pack
- Finishers medal and wristband
- Transport to Knock Airport or Galway train station
- Personal equipment inc. sleeping bag and clothing (see kit list for full details)
- Travel insurance specific to location and disciplines (obligatory)
- Drinks at camp bar on Saturday night (cash only)
- IGO Ireland cap - available to purchase at the event
Recommended airport: Knock (transfers provided)
Transfer leaves the airport at 12:45pm (exact location details will be provided nearer the time)
Transfer returns to the airport at 2pm
Recommended train station: Galway (transfers provided)
Transfer leaves the station at 12:30pmnTransfer returns to the station at 12pm
Making your own way? Meeting point for the event is IGO base camp – Cleggan, Connemara at 1pm.
NB: We encourage you to be as environmentally friendly as possible with your choice of travel. Please note car parking is limited at the event meeting points.nnTimings broken down: Galway has train and bus links with Dublin and Dublin airport. Galway to IGO base camp is about 1hr 20 mins.
No – we will provide tour bikes and helmets. You can of course bring your own bike and / or helmet if you wish but you are responsible for transporting these to and from Ireland. If you are planning on doing this please let us know.
You can if you want, but it comes out of the taps in Ireland.
Stage 1: Bike: 22km bike to Diamond Hill along the coastal route.
Stage 2: 6km mountain hike up Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park (600m elevation gain).
Stage 3: 12km bike back. 4-8 hour route.
NB: All IGO Weekend Challenge routes are designed so that the distance, the elevation gain and the disciplines ensure that the quickest IGOer would finish in around 4 hours and the seasonal hiker pace would finish in around 7- 8 hours.
The food is delicious. Made in partnership with Basic Kitchen, it is sourced locally, always fresh and always delicious. Read more here
The tents are comfortable bell tents and each one comfortably fits 4 people. Unless you come as a group of 4 and take over one tent, individuals are split up into single-sex tents at random. They are each equipped with a mattress, rug and storm lanterns. The communal areas consist of 2 larger tents for food, yoga and other activities or talks (weather depending) as well as the stand alone physio and sports massage tent. There will be 1 or more campfires with bales of straw for seats that create the focal point of camp.
There are portable toilets a short walk from the main camp area. We position the location of camp to be as wild as possible which makes it difficult to bring showers into camp but we are always near natural washing facilities eg a burn, a loch, a lake, a river.