Saturday, 28th, September, 2024


What is the difference between competitive and regular wave?

Only those registered in the competitive wave are eligible to win prizes. The competitive wave will the first wave to depart for the long (8am) and the short races (9am) respectively. It is entirely at the participants discretion which wave they wish to compete in; this is selected during the registration process.

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What time will the event start?

There are different start times for the different races:

8am – Competitive Long Race
8.30am – Regular Long Race
9am – Competitive Short Race
9.30am – Regular Short Race
10am – Regular Short Race
10.30am – Regular Short Race

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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 we would recommend a lesson prior to the competition to familiarise yourself with kayaking and safety aspects associated with the sport.


You will have a choice in using either double sit on-tops, this means you will be along with another competitor or a single sit on-top. 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 Tara directly on 0300 303 1777.

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Can I use my own kayak?

No, only kayaks provided by the event are permitted to be used. Both double and single sit on-tops will be used during the race. Competitors will, were possible, have a choice of which type of kayak they use. All competitors will be timed out while waiting for a kayak and to fit your buoyancy aids. Once in the kayak, the timer will begin again. This is not optional and is in the interest of fairness to all competitors.

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Road bike or mountain bike?

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

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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 19th you will be refunded the entry fee less £5 admin fee.
  • After 19th 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, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, County Buildings, 15 East bridge Street, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, BT74 7BW or by email to

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Where can I see the routes?

Detailed route maps FEAR can be viewed here.

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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.

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Where can I find out more information of Co. Fermanagh?

You can find out more information on Co. Fermanagh by visiting,, or alternatively to can contact members of our Visitor Servicing Team at Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre on or (0044) (0)28 66323110.

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How can I book accommodation for my trip to Fermanagh?

You can go direct to the provider yourself using the Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism website or both of which have a complete listing of all certified accommodation providers in Fermanagh.

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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

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Where is the parking area for the event?

Minimal parking will be available  at Derrygonnelly Community Centre however you use other car parks and the neighbouring primary school or at Derrygonnelly Harps GAC. Neither Fermanagh District Council, nor the Derrygonnelly Community Centre’s owners accept any liability for competitor’s vehicles.

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Where is the registration Area for the event?


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 (Main Hall)


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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.

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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


Upper Lough Navar Viewpoint

Magho Jetty

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What equipment is provided by the event organisers?

The organisers will provide Double or Single Sit-on Kayaks, Paddles and Buoyancy Aids. Competitors will need to bring all other kit required with them.

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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.


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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.

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Do you have any rules for this event?

Yes the rules are available on the website. To complete your entry you will have to tick that you have read and understood all the rules laid out by FEAR.

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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 and have ticked the event disclaimer before proceeding with your application to enter. An ‘On The Day Fit To Compete’ must also be signed at registration.

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Is there a lower age limit for the event?

Due to insurance constrains we are not allowed to have competitors under the age of 18 in our event.

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What’s a mass start?

A mass start is when all competitors for that race start at the same time.

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Will there be shower facilities at the start/finish venue?

Yes, Shower facilities will be available for the FEAR event at both Derrygonnelly Community Centre and the Derrygonnelly Harps GAA facilities.


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