Remembering Aoibhe Renville Challenge

Sunday, April 3, 2016
Sunday, April 3, 2016

About This Activity

ACT for Meningitis are delighted to announce registration has now opened for both events of the "Remembering Aoibhe" Renville Challage 2016 . Now in its second year, this exciting challenge  will take place on Sunday 3rd of April in the picturesque Renville Park, Oranmore, co, Galway, overlooking the beautiful Galway Bay and will include a 5k time-chipped run and a 3k/16k/3k Duathlon.  Take part in one or both events on the day and every cent of your registration fee goes directly to ACT for Meningitis who suport anyone in Ireland affected by Meningitis while raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of this life changing disease. For more information on the charity please visit www.actformeningitis.ie 

Event details and schedule

"Remembering Aoibhe" 5k Run/Walk, Sunday 3rd April 2016
Price €15 online/ €20 on-day registration 

*Pre-registered number collection :Galway Bay Golf and Country Club, Sat 2nd April 3-6pm

Race Day Registration/Number collection: 9am -10.30am at Galway Bay Golf Resort, Renville Park

Race Briefing: 10.45am

Race start time: 11am

See full route map here;
*(Final Route subject to Certification)

• Time Chipped with Red Tag timing.
• Free Climatec Tee for first 100 registered 
• Free Refreshments Served After Race

This event is particularly special to ACT and to Siobhan and Noel as it takes place on the weekend of Aoibhes 8th anniversary.  Firstly, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting us and for remembering Aoibhe.  We wish you the very best of luck and we hope you enjoy the race

Remembering Aoibhe 5k Race Details:

Race Number Collection:  Your number will be ready for collection at the following times/locations; Saturday 2nd April 3-6pm  @ Galway Bay Golf & Country Club, Renville Park, Oranmore OR Sunday 3rd 9.00-10.30am @ Galway bay Golf Resort Hotel, Renville Park, Oranmore.  Please arrive early on Sunday for number collection as road restrictions will be in place from 10.30am.

Parking is available at the Galway Bay Golf Resort Hotel but access to this carpark will be closed at 10.30.  If you arrive after 10.30 very limited parking is available in the park carparks, which is a considerable walk to number collection point.  While carparks are marshalled, ACT for Meningitis will not be held responsible for items left unattended here, at race HQ, or at the start line.

NOTE: Start line is approx. 1km from race HQ at Galway Bay Golf Hotel.

Toilet facilities are available at the hotel.  Two portable toilets will be placed at the Start Line and one at the Finish Line.

Please attach your race number to the front of the t-shirt you will be wearing during the race using the safety pins provided. Your race number should be visible at all times. Your race chip is incorporated into your race number.

Race warm up will be outside Race HQ at 10.30am sharp following which all participants will be asked to proceed to the start line.  Please pay close attention to the marshals and the Race briefing during this time.  Race will begin at 11am sharp.  If you are a walker please start at the back of the field to allow runners to get away safely.  During the race please obey the marshals instructions and be considerate of other runners at all times.  Use of iPods and other devices is not permitted during the race.

Water and fruit will be provided at the finish line, please keep this area clear once you finish.  A shuttlebus will be available to the left of the finish line to take participants back to race HQ/Car park should you require, where tea/coffee and refreshments will be served.

Prize giving will take place for each category as they come over the finish line.

Results will be posted as soon as possible after the event, on our Facebook page and on Red Tag Timing.


If you have any queries please contact Dawn at 086 3052395  or at actformeningitis@gmail.com

"Remembering Aoibhe" Duathlon supported by Predator Triclub Galway
3k run/16k cycle/3k run
Can enter as individual €30 (includes climtec tshirt)
Or relay team (2) €40 (includes 2 climtec tshirts)
Start time 3pm

Location Rinville Park, Oranmore, Galway
Type of event Duathlon
Distances 3km run / 16km cycle / 3km run

*Pre-registered number collection :Galway Bay Golf and Country Club, Sat 2nd April 3-6pm

Race Day Registration/Number collection: 1.00- 2.15pm at Galway Bay Golf Resort, Renville Park

Transition Open:   1.15pm – 2.30pm          Rinville Car Park

 Marshal Briefing:  2.30pm.                Transition

 Race Briefing:      2.45pm                 Transition

 Race Start:           3pm

A very warm welcome to everyone who is taking part in this event. We hope you have a very enjoyable time taking part. Below are a few pointers that you will need to know about for the event.


Transition will be in the top car park in Rinville Park. Only competitors will be allowed in transition for safety and security. Competitors will be able to put their bike on the racks provided. You will be given some support from marshals if you are unsure of what to do. No large boxes or kit bags will be allowed in transition. There will be a bag drop for all competitors.


Run route One.

The run route will start at the main entrance to the top car park in Rinville. Competitors will go through the gate beside the graveyard and head down in to the park on the main path. The route will turn right and head past the outdoor fitness park and past the buildings keeping on the main path. Once you pass the old Rinville House the road swings left and heads back to the forest area. When the road passes the shelter competitors will take the right turn and head down and then up the hill back into the car park and transition by a small entrance.


Run route Two.

The second run will be a reversal of the first run route which leaves by the small gap in the top car park, down the hill and take a left at the shelter. Competitors go around the main track, past Old Rinville House and back past the toilet building and the outdoor park. They will then take a left and run back up the hill to the finish line which will be the gates along the graveyard.


Cycle route

The cycle route will on open roads and all competitors must abide by the rules of the road. Please obey marshals especially at road junctions.


The cycle will leave transition and go left out of the car park, almost immediately there will be a right turn towards Maree. Competitors will head through Maree past the hall and petrol station. Further along this road the route turns left towards Clarenbridge. Once in Clarenbridge turn left onto the main road. This road is very busy at times so do take care.

Now competitors are heading along the newly surfaced N17 back towards Oranmore. Another left turn will bring the cyclists past the Lidl store before turning left again along the Maree road back to Rinville Park. A right turn will bring competitors back into transition for the final run.

Marshals will be on every turn junction.


Just a few important notes before the duathlon starts:



  • Competitors must have a roadworthy bike. Make sure your tyres are pumped to a minimum of 80 psi for road bike on the morning, and your brakes and gears are working.


  • When the competitor is entering the transition area to set up their transition space, they will be required to demonstrate their bikes are roadworthy e.g. by spinning wheels and pulling brakes.


  • Competitors must wear a hard shell helmet.  NO HELMET NO RACE!

The helmet must be buckled before exiting the transition area with your bike.


  • Transitions arethe part of the race where the athlete changes shoes or equipment to move onto the next part of a race. There are two in every triathlon. They are from swim to bike and bike to run. Or for a Duathlon from run to bike to run.


  • Transition Area Is the space marked off for transitions to take place. All the equipment the athlete will use in the race is placed in this area. The bike is parked at a rack with the athlete’s number. Bikes, helmets and shoes are placed here so that transitions can take place quickly and orderly. Arrange your gear neatly and orderly before and during the race or you could get penalised.


  • Setting Up In Transition

Now is the time to setup your shoes, helmet, and race belt if you use one.

Bring a small towel and place it on the ground beside your bike. Place your bike shoes if you have them on the towel. Then place your helmet where you can easily reach it after your run. Leave the chinstrap unfastened so it is easy to put on. Your helmet is the first thing you put on and buckle before you touch your bike when you enter transition after your run. A good rule to remember is to place things so you can grab them easily. It gets very frantic in the transition area and it easy to forget things. Practice what you will do when you get to your bike, what sequence of events makes most sense.


  • You are not allowed to cycle in transition but must run with your bike to the mount / dismount line.


  • The run will start for all competitors at the entrance to the top car park.


  • Make sure you have a drink with you for after the race.


  • Make sure you have something warm to wear after the race.


  • After the race has finished, you are allowed back into the transition area to collect your bike and helmet.


  • Always listen to the referee, marshals and stewards during the race. They tell you all the last minute information e.g. the correct route to run and cycle and where to enter and exit the transition area.


  • You are not allowed to cycle together in a group during the race. This is called ‘drafting’. You must leave a distance between each cyclist which will be specified by the referee at the race briefing which will take place directly before the race.


  • The run route for this Duathlon will go down through the main park in Rinville. There will be a lot of other people using the park area so please be courteous when running near them. There may be loose dogs, and people walking with young children so again, please be very careful.


  • Enjoy the race! If you have any questions ask at registration or any marshals nearby.

For Further details, contact Dawn at 091 380058 / email actformeningitis@gmail.com / visit www.facebook.com/rememberingaoibhe


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