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Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk

You can now register for the event "Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk" on "Sunday, 1 October 2017"

Registrations will close on Sunday, 1 October 2017

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The Walk

Check In

You can collect your t-shirt and race number at the Check-In Morning at the Parish Hall (Church Car Park) between 3pm and 6pm on Saturday, 1 October or between 11.30am and 1.30pm on Sunday, 2 October. If you are registering on the day, then please get there early to allow yourself enough time. All participants should be on site by 1.15pm.

If you register online after midnight on Wednesday, 28 September, 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 Mornings.

You can also pick up a registration form from participating businesses. 

The Route

The 2016 Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk will take place around the heritage town of Kells, County Meath on Sunday, 2 October 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.

As always, all Walkers and runners can look forward to refreshments, entertainment and our Closing Ceremony in the 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.

Start Times

Both the Walk and the Run will start at 2pm. The pre-event warm-up will commence at 1.30pm.

Duration

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.

Equipment

Good walking shoes or trainers are recommended. We also suggest that you bring rain gear just in case.

Parking

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.

Local Info

Kells local information

Kells, Co Meath is an ancient market town, with 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

VisitingKells.ie

Discover Ireland: Kells

Irish Tourist: Kells

 

 

Hotels & B&B's

The Fincourt

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: reservations@fincourt.com

www.fincourt.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: maiwhyte@imagine.ie

 

Teltown House

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 applewood@hotmail.com

 

Teach Cualigne

Carlanstown, Kells. For information and reservations, phone 046 924 6621.

http://www.teachcuailgne.com/

Sponsors

The Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk Committee would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support:

 

Specsavers

 

 

 

Navan, Mullingar and Drogheda



 

 

Headfort Arms Hotel

Headfort Arms Hotel, Headfort Place, Kells, Co. Meath. Tel: (046) 9240063  


 

Floweb Design

 

 

Kells Enterprise and Technology Centre, Cavan Road, Kells, Co Meath. Tel: (046) 9241 535


 

LMFM

 


Gormley Pharmacy

Gormley Pharmacy, Unit 3, Kells Shopping Centre, Kells, Co. Meath.  Tel: (046) 9240950


 

Lynch's Pharmacy

 

 

 

Lynch's Pharmacy, Farrell Street, Kells, Co. Meath. Tel: (046) 9240515

 


Dunnes The Premier House

Dunnes The Premier House, Cross Street, Kells, Co. Meath. Tel: (046) 924 0037

 


ArcRoyal

ArcRoyal, Virginia Road, Kells, Co. Meath. Tel: (046) 9280100

 


Jack’s Railway Bar 

Jack's Railway Bar, Kells, Co. Meath. Tel: (046) 924 0215 or email: jacksrailwaybar@hotmail.com

 


Masita Sportswear

Masita Sportswear, Unit 27, Kells Business Park, Cavan Road, Kells, Co. Meath. Tel: (046) 9241595

 


All Signs Kells

All Signs Kells, Unit 2, Bective St, Kells. Co. Meath. Tel: (086) 8514142

 


Kells & District Chamber

 

 

 

Carrick Street, Kells, Co Meath. Tel: (046) 924 0055

 


Super Valu


 

 

Kells Shopping Centre, Kells, Co Meath. Tel: (046 924 0983)

 


Hogan's Farm

Cortown, Kells, Co Meath. Tel: (046) 924 0273

 

Meade Potato Company

Lobinstown, Navan, Co Meath. Tel: (046 905 3198)

 

Sonique Hair Salon

Carrick Street, Kells, Co Meath. Tel: (046) 924 1426

 

MDI Medical

 

 

 

Kells Business Park, Kells, Co Meath. Tel: 1800 321 330  

 

The Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk Committee would also like to acknowledge the generous support of the following individuals and companies:

  • Brendan & Ann-Marie Muldoon, Accountants, Bective Square, Kells. Tel: (046) 924 0153
  • Michael Farrelly, Auctioneer
  • Sidney Brito, Bodydream Personal Training
  • Fitzgeralds of Kells
  • Carol and Frank Mallon

 

Location

F.A.Q

About the Walk

-F.A.Q: What is the Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk?

-F.A.Q: Who can take part in the Pink Ribbon Walk?

-F.A.Q: How fit do I have to be?

-F.A.Q: How much does it cost to take part in the Walk?

-F.A.Q: Can I still enter?

-F.A.Q: How much sponsorship do I have to raise?

-F.A.Q: Where do I get my t-shirt and race number?

-F.A.Q: How do I hand in my sponsorship money?

-F.A.Q: Can I get advice on how to raise funds?

-F.A.Q: Can you help publicise the event?

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 there be any toilet facilities available?

-F.A.Q: Will there be any food or refreshments provided?

-F.A.Q: Will litter bins be provided?

-F.A.Q: Is there somewhere nearby where I can stay?

-F.A.Q: What will happen when I finish?

-F.A.Q: What support will I be given on the route?

-F.A.Q: Is the Walk accessible for wheelchair users?

-F.A.Q: Can I bring a pushchair?

-F.A.Q: Can I bring my dog?

-F.A.Q: If I can't take part in the event, is there another way that I can help instead?



-What is the Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk?

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.

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-Who can take part in the Pink Ribbon Walk?

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.

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-How fit do I have to be?

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.

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-How much does it cost to take part in the Walk?

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
  • refreshments
  • toilet facilities on the route.
  • a Pink Ribbon Walk medal on completion of the Walk
  • food at the finish.

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-Can I still enter?

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. You can also register and collect your t-shirt and race number and sponsorship card 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 are registering on the day, then please get there early to allow yourself enough time. If you have already collected your sponsorship money, then you can also hand it in at the Check-In Desks. Thank you! 

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-How much sponsorship do I have to raise?

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 and Meath 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. 

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-Where do I get my t-shirt and race number?

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. If you are registering on the day, then please get there early to allow yourself enough time. Thank you! 

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-How do I hand in my sponsorship money?

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 and Meath 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.

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-Can I get advice on how to raise funds?

Take a look at our fundraising information and tips for help and ideas about how to raise funds for the Walk.

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-Can you help publicise the event?

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.

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-Will car parking be available?

There will be ample free parking available in Kells.

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-What time does the walk start?

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. 

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-What should I wear?

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!

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-What is the route like?

The 2017 Boyne Valley Walk takes in a beautiful scenic route through the town of Kells and its surrounds. There are more details here. Keep an eye on our news section for the latest updates.

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-Where does the Walk finish?

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.

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-Will there be any toilet facilities available?

Toilets will be provided at the start/finish areas and at rest stops at regular intervals along the route.

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-Will there be any food or refreshments provided?

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.

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-Will litter bins be provided?

We will have plenty of litter bins and skips on site. Please remember to leave nothing behind but your footprints!

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-Is there somewhere nearby where I can stay?

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.

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-What will happen when I finish?

All participants will receive a well-deserved medal when they cross the finish line. In addition, there will be catering provided for all participants.

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-What support will I be given on the route?

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.

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-Is the Walk accessible for wheelchair users?

Unfortunately, the Walk is not accessible for wheelchair users.

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-Can I bring a pushchair?

As there are some less accessible sections, we cannot allow children or pushchairs on the route.

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-Can I bring my dog?

The Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk is not suitable for dogs.

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-If I can't take part in the event, is there another way that I can help instead?

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!

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Contact

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
Carrick St
Kells
Co Meath

Tel: (046) 924 0055 

 

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