Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk
You can now register for the event "Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk in Kells County Meath" on "Sunday, 1 October 2017"
Sorry, registration for this event is now closed!
Here is information about the Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk taking place in Kells in County Meath.
Online registrations are open until midnight on Friday September 29th. If you register after midnight on Wednesday September 27th, we won't have time to post out your sponsorship card, but we will have it ready for you to collect at the Check-In Desk on the weekend of the Walk. You can also pick up a registration form from participating local businesses.
We are delighted to announce that you can also register at participating Bank of Ireland branches in the Boyne Valley region - including Drogheda, Dundalk, Ardee and Dunleer in County Louth and Kells, Navan, Athboy, Oldcastle, Trim, Enfield, Dunshaughlin, Ashbourne, Ratoath and Dunboyne in County Meath.
You can also collect your t-shirt and race number at the Check-In Desk at the Bank of Ireland on John Street in Kells between 3pm and 6pm on Saturday September 30th or between 11.30am and 1.30pm on the morning of the walk on Sunday October 1st. If you have already collected your sponsorship money, then you can also hand it in at the Check-In Desk or at participating Bank of Ireland branches. Thank you!
The 2017 Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk will take place around the heritage town of Kells in County Meath on Sunday October 1st at 2pm.
We have a fantastic 10km loop Walk/Run that is exclusively open to Pink Ribbon Walk participants. We would like to say a sincere thank you to all of the local landowners who have generously agreed to let us access their lands and premises for the day.
The Walk/Run will be chipped and pinned again and we look forward to welcoming runners and walkers, men and women, teams, individuals and groups to enjoy this beautiful road/cross country route.
Our pre-Walk warm up begins at 1.30 pm in the Church car park on Headfort Place (with thanks to the very kind permission of Father John). The Run/Walk takes us through historic Kells, with views of the Round Tower, our famous High Crosses and St. Colmcille's House. We will pass Blackwater House before crossing the River Blackwater at Maudlin Bridge. We then follow quiet country roads to the top of Cherry Hill. Here, we cross in to beautiful open countryside with fabulous views back to Kells and over the surrounding area (this part of the Walk is over private land and will be open exclusively for the Pink Ribbon Walk). We will be following country trails and farm lanes in to the back of Headfort Estate. The road leading in to the estate is particularly beautiful, with amazing views over some spectacular Boyne Valley countryside.
With the kind permission of Headfort Estate, the walk then takes us through the old Walled Garden, the American Garden, past Headfort House and continues down the tree-lined avenue. We will finish by walking up Headfort Road - between the two Headfort Golf Club Courses - and we finish and collect our medals back on Headfort Place, in front of the Town Hall.
All Walkers and runners can look forward to refreshments, entertainment and our Closing Ceremony in the Kenlis Suite in the Headfort Arms Hotel (with many thanks to the Duff family).
It is a fabulous route that really showcases both the historic town of Kells and the beautiful scenery of the surrounding area.
For your safety, please note that we will be making use of the pedestrian crossings en route. Please observe the signage in place and follow the advice of our many voluntary stewards.
Most importantly of all, have FUN with your family and friends, and enjoy this very special day as we all walk together to fight for a world without Breast Cancer.
Both the Walk and the Run will start at 2pm. The pre-event warm-up will commence at 1.30pm.
The expected time to complete the walk will be about 2.5 hours, and will suit walkers with an average level of fitness. There will be water stops along the route.
Good walking shoes or trainers are recommended. We also suggest that you bring rain gear just in case.
There will be some parking available in the town of Kells but if you are travelling from outside the town, we would advise you to car-pool.
Kells Local Information
Kells in County Meath is an ancient market town that boasts a rich heritage. Located about 40 miles north of Dublin, it is known around the world as the birthplace of the Book of Kells.
Things to see
Kells has an impressive collection of Celtic crosses, a Round Tower and St Colmcille’s House, all dating from before the 10th century.
Things to do
Visitors can also enjoy some of the attractions of the surrounding areas, including open farms, golf and pitch and putt facilities, fishing, walking and horse-riding. Kells also has a good selection of pubs and restaurants to suit all tastes.
Learn more about Kells
Hotels & B&B's
The Fincourt is a family-run pub and guesthouse, based in the centre of Oldcastle, only 12 miles from Kells.
For reservations phone 049-8541153 or email: email@example.com
Janetta Bed & Breakfast
This charming six-bedroomed house enjoys a very central location, with all of the town’s amenities just a couple of minutes walk away.
Janetta B&B, 2 Headfort Road, Kells.
For reservations, phone 046 923 49678 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information and reservations, phone 046 902 3239 or 087 665 9022 or email Teltownhouse@eircom.net
Applewood B&B (Mavis Carry)
For information and reservations, phone 046 924 1627 or 086 175 5979 or email email@example.com
Carlanstown, Kells. For information and reservations, phone 046 924 6621.
The Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk Committee would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support:
Bank of Ireland
Navan, Mullingar and Drogheda
O'Brien's Super Valu
Kells Shopping Centre, Kells, Co Meath. Tel: (046) 924 0983.
Headfort Arms Hotel
Headfort Arms Hotel, Headfort Place, Kells, Co. Meath. Tel: (046) 924 0063.
JM Foods & Simply Honest Food Hall
Unit 18, Mullaghboy Industrial Estate, Navan. Tel: (046) 905 1800.
3 Northwest Business Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Tel: (01) 897 6026.
Kells Enterprise and Technology Centre, Cavan Road, Kells, Co Meath. Tel: (046) 924 1535.
Gormley Pharmacy, Unit 3, Kells Shopping Centre, Kells, Co. Meath. Tel: (046) 924 0950.
Lynch's Pharmacy, Farrell Street, Kells, Co. Meath. Tel: (046) 924 0515.
Dunnes The Premier House
Dunnes The Premier House, Cross Street, Kells, Co. Meath. Tel: (046) 924 0037.
Jack’s Railway Bar
Jack's Railway Bar, Kells, Co. Meath. Tel: (046) 924 0215 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All Signs Kells
All Signs Kells, Unit 2, Bective St, Kells. Co. Meath. Tel: (086) 851 4142.
Kells & District Chamber
Kells Business Park, Kells, Co Meath. Tel: (046) 924 0055.
Cortown, Kells, Co Meath. Tel: (046) 924 0273.
Sonique Hair Salon
Carrick Street, Kells, Co Meath. Tel: (046) 924 1426.
The Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk Committee would also like to acknowledge the generous support of the following individuals and companies:
- Tankardstown House
- For donations of prizes for Day of Walk: Martina Meeghan, Aileen Shanley, Lir Chocolates, Emer O’Driscoll, David Gormley and St. Colmcille's (Kells) Credit Union.
- Brendan & Ann-Marie Muldoon, Accountants, Bective Square, Kells. Tel: (046) 924 0153
- Michael Farrelly, Auctioneer
- Fitzgeralds of Kells
- Carol and Frank Mallon
About the Walk
-F.A.Q: How fit do I have to be?
-F.A.Q: Can I still enter?
On the Day of the Walk
-F.A.Q: Will car parking be available?
-F.A.Q: What time does the walk start?
-F.A.Q: What should I wear?
-F.A.Q: What is the route like?
-F.A.Q: Where does the Walk finish?
-F.A.Q: Will litter bins be provided?
-F.A.Q: What will happen when I finish?
-F.A.Q: Can I bring a pushchair?
-F.A.Q: Can I bring my dog?
The Pink Ribbon Walk is a fundraising event for Action Breast Cancer, a programme of the Irish Cancer Society. The 2017 Boyne Valley Walk will take place on Sunday October 1st. The Walk route is circular and is approximately 10 kilometres long.
The Pink Ribbon Walk is open to those of all abilities. And it's not just for the girls - men are welcome to take part! The minimum age to take part is 12 years and those under the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult. We request that there is at least one adult present for every two under-age walkers.
It doesn't matter if you are an experienced walker or have never done anything like this before as long as you put in the training. The Walk is designed to be challenging but achievable. There is plenty of time to train and we offer training advice to participants. The Walk is not meant to be competitive: it's all about having fun and experiencing a sense of camaraderie, whilst raising money for charity.
The entry fee to take part in the Pink Ribbon Walk is €20 per participant. This non-refundable entry fee covers the administration and various costs (health and safety, insurance, printing, etc.) involved in organising the Walk. For this entry fee, you will receive:
- a Sponsorship form
- an artist-designed Pink Ribbon Walk t-shirt to wear on the day
- toilet facilities on the route.
- a Pink Ribbon Walk medal on completion of the Walk
- food at the finish.
Online registrations are open until midnight on Friday September 29th. If you register after midnight on Wednesday September 27th, we won't have time to post out your sponsorship card, but we will have it ready for you to collect at the Check-In Desks on the weekend of the Walk. You can also pick up a registration form from participating businesses. We are delighted to announce that you can also pick up a registration pack at participating Bank of Ireland branches in the Boyne Valley region - including Drogheda, Dundalk, Ardee and Dunleer in County Louth and Kells, Navan, Athboy, Oldcastle, Trim, Enfield, Dunshaughlin, Ashbourne, Ratoath and Dunboyne in County Meath. You can also collect your t-shirt and race number at the Check-In Desk at the Bank of Ireland on John Street between 3pm and 6pm on Saturday September 30th or between 11.30am and 1.30pm on the morning of the walk on Sunday October 1st. If you have already collected your sponsorship money, then you can also hand it in at the Check-In Desks. Thank you!
Each participant is asked to try to raise as much as they can manage in sponsorship money (in addition to the €20 entry fee). If you have the sponsorship money already raised, then you can hand it in at our Check-In Desks on the weekend of the Walk. You also have until Friday October 20th to hand in your fundraising to participating Bank of Ireland branches in Louth (Drogheda, Dundalk, Ardee and Dunleer) and Meath (Kells, Navan, Athboy, Oldcastle, Trim, Enfield, Dunshaughlin, Ashbourne, Ratoath and Dunboyne) or phone 046 924 0055 or check the bank account details for the Bank of Ireland Kells account on your sponsorship card. Thank you for your support and please note that every cent raised in sponsorship will go directly to Action Breast Cancer and the Irish Cancer Society.
You have two options:
Collect your t-shirt and race number at the Check-In Desk at Bank of Ireland in Kells between 3pm and 6pm on Saturday September 30th or between 11.30am and 1.30pm on the morning of the Walk on Sunday October 1st.
You can hand in your sponsorship money at:
• At the Check In Desk in Bank of Ireland on John Street from 3pm to 6pm on Saturday September 30th
• At the Check In Desk in Bank of Ireland on John Street from 11.30am to 1.30pm on the morning of the Walk on Sunday October 1st
• You can also lodge it directly to our Bank of Ireland Kells account (details on Sponsorship Card) or in to any participating Bank of Ireland branch in Louth (Drogheda, Dundalk, Ardee and Dunleer) and Meath (Navan, Athboy, Oldcastle, Trim, Enfield, Dunshaughlin, Ashbourne, Ratoath and Dunboyne) or phone 046 924 0055 on or before Friday October 20th
Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk.
Please make sure your sponsorship card (with your sponsorship total written on the front) and sponsorship money are in a sealed envelope with your name, race number (the red number on the front of your sponsorship card) and sponsorship total printed on the front.
All sponsorship money must be handed in by Friday October 20th. Thank you for your support.
Take a look at our fundraising information and tips for help and ideas about how to raise funds for the Walk.
We will have flyers, posters and extra entry forms available to anyone who is willing to help us spread the word about the Walk. Also, please contact us if you would be willing to share your personal story or reason for getting involved or anything which will help us publicise the event in the media. Phone us on 046 924 0055 or email us for further information.
There will be ample free parking available in Kells.
The Boyne Valley Walk/Run will be starting at 2pm sharp. The venue will be open to the public beforehand. We ask that you arrive in plenty of time as we have plenty of pre-Event entertainment in store - plus a Warm-Up Training Session. Please be on site in the Kells Church Car Park by 1.15pm.
Weather-appropriate clothes and sturdy walking boots are advised. And THINK PINK - wear your Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon t-shirt and accessorise accordingly! Remember, we have lots of lovely prizes to give away for the best-dressed Walkers!
We'll also be on hand with solutions for all weather eventualities - from sunscreen to pink rain ponchos!
The Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk will finish at Headfort Place and all participants are invited to join us for our Closing Ceremony and free Pink Party in the Headfort Arms Hotel immediately after the event - complete with entertainment and refreshments.
Toilets will be provided at the start/finish areas and at rest stops at regular intervals along the route.
Water will be provided for all participants at regular intervals along the route. However, we recommend that you carry some water and a snack with you in a backpack.
We will have plenty of litter bins and skips on site. Please remember to leave nothing behind but your footprints!
Any participants who wish to stay locally the night before or the night of the walk can find accommodation information to suit every taste and budget.
All participants will receive a well-deserved medal when they cross the finish line. In addition, there will be catering provided for all participants.
You will be well supported and guided throughout the Walk and there will always be someone friendly to talk and walk with.
Pink Ribbon Walk signs will be clearly placed all the way along the route. At regular intervals along the route, there will be stewards to help guide and encourage you on your way. Please do listen to any advice or guidance they may offer you, as they are there to ensure you enjoy your day.
To help identify participants, we ask that everyone wears their free Ribbon Walk t-shirt.
Unfortunately, the Walk is not accessible for wheelchair users.
As there are some less accessible sections, we cannot allow children or pushchairs on the route.
The Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk is not suitable for dogs.
We are always looking for volunteers to help make this fundraising event a success. We will need lots of people on the day to come and help with a variety of roles. For more information, please contact us!
Frequently Asked Questions
You can find lots more information on our site and in our FAQ section.
Contact the Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk
Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk
Kells and District Chamber
Kells Business Park
Tel: (046) 924 0055