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Frequently Asked Questions

What time will the event start?

‘FEAR’

On the day registration at Derrygonnelly Community Centre will open at 8am

Short race commences 10.00am (mass start)

Long race commences 10.30am (mass start)

Short Race prize-giving 1pm/Long Race prize-giving 3.30pm

What if I’m not an experienced kayaker, should I still compete?

Yes by all means compete; most competitors will be stronger in one discipline over the others. If kayaking is not a sport you are very familiar with, please do not feel overly worried about the kayak section in FEAR. We will be using double sit on-tops, this means you will be along with another competitor, and we will provide you with a buoyancy aid and paddle. A sit on top means that just that (you are not inside the kayak) therefore you would not be trapped in the kayak should it tip over. The double sit-ons are very stable boats, and very easy to paddle even for first timers. If you still have any questions regarding this then please contact Joanne directly on 028 (48) 66 323110.

Can I use my own kayak?

No, only kayaks provided by the event are permitted to be used. We will have mostly double sit on tops and and a smaller number of single sit ons. There are no optional timeouts in FEAR this year, however a timeout facility will be offered if there are no available kayaks when competitors reach the waterside.

Road bike or mountain bike?

‘FEAR’ will be held on tarmaced surfaces and therefore a road bike will be more suitable for this event.

Can I get a refund if I cannot attend?

To withdraw your entry from the competition and receive a refund we must receive your request dated no later than

  • September 12th you will be refunded the entry fee less £5 admin fee.
  • After 26th September, no refund.

N.B. “Distance selling” laws provide you with a “cooling off” period after making an online transaction. This requires that you get a full refund if demanded within seven working days of making your entry. This overrides the above policy when applicable.

Notification of a withdrawal should be sent to FEAR, Visitor Information Centre, Wellington Road, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, BT74 7EF or by email to Joanne.cunningham@fermanagh.gov.uk.

What happens if the ‘FEAR’ is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances?

Due to the nature of outdoor events, it may be necessary for us to cancel/postpone prior to or on the day of the event due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather. However the organising committee has some contingency plans already in place which will allow us to hold ‘FEAR’ in all but exceptional conditions.

Announcements of any cancellation/postponement in advance will be via the email provided on the registration form, website and social media pages. Please ensure that there is a correct email address held for you. If for any reason the event is cancelled, we will refund your entry fee less an administrative charge of not greater than £5.

Do you have any recommended kit for the event?

Trail Running Sections: – Normal trail running shoes are recommended. There will be no soft or muddy surfaces on the running sections.

Cycling Sections: – All cycling sections in FEAR are suitable for a standard road bike, but care will be needed as there are sections of loose gravel and pot holes.

Kayak Section:- The kayak section on Lower Lough Erne is exposed. Warm upper body clothing is recommended. Double sit-on kayaks, buoyancy aids and paddles will be provided.

Mandatory Kit:-

  • Basic First Aid Kit (minimum 1 X dressing Pad for heavy bleeding, 1 X bandage and plasters)
  • Survival Bag or Foil Blanket
  • Whistle
  • Energy food & Drink
  • Wind/Waterproof Top
  • Bicycle Helmet and Bike Repair Kit for cycle section only.

Bad Weather Kit:

The following may be required if conditions dictate:

  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof Tap and Bottoms
  • Spare Warm Top

Where is the parking area for the event?

Parking will be available and free at Derrygonnelly Community Centre however you use it at your own risk. Neither Fermanagh District Council, the National Trust nor the Derrygonnelly Community Centre’s owners accept any liability for competitor’s vehicles.

Where is the registration Area for the event?

‘FEAR’

The registration area for FEAR is Derrygonnelly Community Centre which is also the start/finish line.

 

Registration at Derrygonnelly Community Centre will open at

Friday evening 18:00 to 21.00

Saturday Morning doors open for registration at 8.am. (Main Hall)

 

What’s included in my entry fee?

  • Event Hoodie
  • Goodie Bag
  • Kayaks, paddles and buoyancy aids
  • Safety Marshals at kayak
  • Power boat safety cover on water
  • Use of electronic timing devices
  • Event based facilities including car parking, toilets (at various venue areas)
  • Public Liability insurance,
  • Course marking,
  • Manned check points,
  • Hydration and feeding stations,
  • Post event refreshments.

Are there food / hydration stations?

Yes there will be a number of hydration / feed stations along the route situated at transition points. These will be marked on the route map and clearly signposted on the day.

Big Dog Forest

Rusheen Park

Blackslee

Upper Lough Navar Viewpoint

Magho Jetty

Where is the best place for my family to see me taking part?

Due to the environmental sensitive area in which FEAR is being run, we have only two designated spectator areas: The top park car at Magho View Point or the start/finish line at Derrygonnelly Community Centre where we will have entertainment and family fun for all.

 

Can I raise money for charity?

The organisers of FEAR have no issues with competitors raising money for charity while participating in this event. We would remind competitors that four charitable organisations are involved in a voluntary capacity to deliver this event.

Will I have to sign a disclaimer?

Yes, to enter this event you must first acknowledge you have read all the rules and safety information contained here and have ticked the event disclaimer before proceeding with your application to enter.